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Old 10-20-2013, 02:56 PM
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Ring marks

What is the best way to Prevent ring marks when mounting a new scope?
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:04 PM
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Re: Ring marks

Stay away from cheap rings.

Also lapping them in with a lapping bar first will help, but some rings that may take a while.

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Old 10-20-2013, 03:43 PM
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Re: Ring marks

A quality rail bedded on the receiver by a smith that knows what he is doing and like Broz says a quality set of rings. With everything right lapping is usually is not necessary.

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Old 10-21-2013, 03:00 AM
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Re: Ring marks

Keep your rings clean. Remove any burrs on the edges. I recommend lapping the rings unless you know the base and rings are well made (fully machined rings, not extruded) and the base is properly installed. Then tighten the ring screws to the proper torque value.

HighPowerOptics provides in our installation kits a very thin, yet incredibly strong RingTrue Tape that is applied to the rings after lapping. I developed the tape for mounting scopes on .338 magnum and 50 BMG rifles. I change scopes on ballistic test rifles frequently and wanted to prevent scope slipping and the associated ring marks. It works extremely well. RingTrue Tape is only 0.0025" thick and is resistant to heat, moisture and ultraviolet light.

While I don't always use it, I've found that in most cases it helps - and never hurts. It protects the rings from corrosion after lapping. I've found that some scope and ring anodize coatings are slippery. RingTrue Tape improves grip and prevents the scope from slipping. It prevents ring marks of any kind. I also use it on some tactical rings instead of lapping them.

If you want a free sample, go to the HighPowerOptics Contact Page, and leave a note asking for a free sample of RingTrue Tape. We'll send you enough tape to install a scope. This free sample offer expires after November 30, 2013.

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Old 10-21-2013, 08:56 AM
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Re: Ring marks

Thanks for the help guys. I got the lapping kit coming.
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