Re: Nikin on a Howa 1500
chetc, let's clarify what scope you have.
Nikon doesn't make a 6x24. That means a 6x scope with a 24mm objective.
I believe you have either a 6x42 (which means a 6x with 42mm objective), or perhaps you are REALLY confused and are trying to describe the excellent 6.5-20x44 version.
Sounds like you should switch to a one-piece Weaver style base, and of course Weaver style rings. Note, this does not necessarily mean 'Weaver' brand -- Weaver style and Redfield style rings are now made by many different companies.
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