I am useing Nightforce base's and the screw holes are large enough to preload the recoil lug on the base agaisnt the action and then tighten the screws to hold in place I have had no prblems with this set up and the 6x48 screws so far
range it,check the wind, dial in correction, aim and only one shot
I have not used as many Badger Ord bases and rings as Chris but I will say this, many guys get intimidated by the initial set cost of the Badger base/ring systems which is a shame. When you look at it in the scheme of a total rifle system, its kind of like getting the best loading dies you can get.
Its a one time charge that will bring back nearly endless rewards.
As a fellow rifle builder I am impressed with the quality of the Badger rings and bases and the thinking that has gone into building them.
Yes, if they are installed incorrectly they will not offer much over other systems but if they are installed correctly which is extremely easy to do, they are the most rock solid system I have ever used and I fully endorse them.
If you want to be able to mount a scope and never worry about it again, get some Badgers and sleep well. Think of the extra cost in the base and rings as a one time life insurance policy for your scope!!
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I'm a big fan of the heavier tactical style rings and bases but I have seen the Leupold dual dovetail rings and mounts stand up to a good deal of abuse. on of my heavy 308's has a set of these rings and bases the bases have been opened up for the 8-40 screws and I took the rings and bases ,lapped the rings in then pulled the bases off with the rings in place then tack welded them with the tig rig on the inside then when I replaced back on the gun I used some marine-tex to bed them to the action.
I have droped this gun once hrad enough to cause damage but it killed the scope , I took off the caps replaces the scope and all is good.
I think that this setup is as strong if not stronger than about any other but it makes for a major ordeal if you want to change scopes , it helped with some weight loss also
One side note , their is a company that makes a 20moa tapered DD base now for the Rem 700's also you can use Burris signature rings with the inserts in the Leo mounts. I prefer the Leo bases over the Burris ones just for looks
But if the money and weight is a concern or you may want to change scopes often then by all meens the Badger setup is the deal to go with
the badger system looks to me to be based off of the weaver style mounts. Right now I don't have enough $$ for the badger system and will be anxious to shoot the rifle when it gets here this week. Here is my thought:
I can go down town and buy the Leupold weaver style base and rings. If I decide to beef up the screws I can take the setup out to the shop and drill and tap them on the mills after hours.
"I am a stone. I do not move. Very slowly, I put snow in my mouth and he won't see my breath. I take my time. . . I have only one bullet. I aim at his eye. Very gently, my finger presses on the trigger. I do not tremble. I have no fear"