Originally Posted by dmax1800
I'm using Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14x50 with a rapid-Z 800 reticle. I've also tried the same scope, but with a plain Z-plex reticle.
Bruce or Trebark, I can get my hands on Leupold a lot quicker than Burris rings and bases, would I be making a mistake to try the Leopolds???
They may be easier to get locally, but they will require more effort to answer the question about stress causing POA shift.
If I understand your post, you want to know if misalignment between the rings can cause enough stress to make the POA unstable. Simply changing bases and rings may or may not reduce stress. To really answer the question, you need to install the bases and ring so that the rings are properly aligned. That is not easy to do with Leupold standard rings. I use Kokopelli alignment bars to align the rings horizontally.
The rings can still have a misalignment in the vertical direction. For a two-piece base, I take that out by shimming the bases. To be certain there is no residual stress, I would lap the rings. You can avoid all of that by using Burris Signature rings.