Re: Dovetail base & ring wear?
This type of set up is prone to failure, the US military used to weld the things in place to prevent them coming appart. The EAW (appel) swing off mounts use a scimilar front end design but the base is adjustable to take up the wear if any occurs, and the EAW mounts are precision fitted, the old redfield style are designed to be an interfearance fit, removing and replacing them will rapidly cause wear and tear. The EAW type are very popular here in germ,any and are ok for a light scope and ligfht use, they however are certainly not my choice, the very best and most strongest is the weaver (better yet, picatinny) type cross slot one piece base and a good set of rings to match, there are many to choose from depending on your budget, but Badger Ord probably makes the best of the bunch. I routinely swap a Schmidt & Bender 3-12x50 PMII between 3 rifles, it has 34mm Badger rings and i know the deviation for each rifle from dedicated zero and can adjust the scope and the rifles are bang on the money each and every time, all you need is a torque wrench to swap the scope.