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Unread 01-09-2014, 12:16 PM
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Steel vs Al rings and bases

I am sure this has been discussed to some extent. The search feature doesn't seem to work for me. Just wondering what you guys thought of steel versus aluminum rings and bases. I am looking at TPS rings and bases. I would like aluminum for the weight savings but I do use this rifle in quite a variety of temperatures. Base will be bedded to action.

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    Unread 01-09-2014, 03:33 PM
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    Re: Steel vs Al rings and bases

    Different metals expand and contract at different temperatures. In theory, it is always best to use steel on steel bases so they react the same. That being said, I have a lot of aluminum rings on steel bases and I have never had a problem here in Wyoming. If I were competing I would have all steel just to give myself the mental competitive advantage of thinking I had done everything I could for accuracy.
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    Unread 01-09-2014, 07:52 PM
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    Re: Steel vs Al rings and bases

    I read about people buying aluminum to save weight but how much are you really saving as a % of the entire rifle? If you pick up 2 identical guns,one with Al. and one w/ steel rings can you really tell the difference in weight?
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    Unread 01-09-2014, 08:02 PM
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    Re: Steel vs Al rings and bases

    I always go steel. They seem to lap up nicely, and I have a comfort level with them. I don't believe there is anything wrong with Aluminum - just know and like steel.

    I have multiple sets of TPS steel rings and could not be happier with them.

    I'll bet that whichever you choose, you will probably never second guess them once they are mounted.

    "Man, this 3 oz is killing me. I should have gone aluminum" - NOPE.

    "These aluminum rings are crap, I need steel or I'm selling this rig" - NAH.

    "BANG!!!" "This is fun. Let's fiddle with the seating depth" - YESSIR

    Buy good rings, steel or alluminum, and you will never think about them again. Buy crappy rings and you may think about them a lot!
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    Unread 01-09-2014, 09:14 PM
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    Re: Steel vs Al rings and bases

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by varmintH8R View Post
    Buy good rings, steel or alluminum, and you will never think about them again. Buy crappy rings and you may think about them a lot!
    Lot said right there!
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    Unread 01-09-2014, 09:14 PM
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    Re: Steel vs Al rings and bases

    Coefficent of thermal expansion as mentioned earlier could be a problem
    but if you look at the numbers aluminum is around 22E-6/degree c and steel is around
    14E-6/degree C but steel varies from 9 to 17 based on type.
    So that means ??? in one inch with a 90 degree f 50 c you would expand 0.00011 inches with aluminum and around 0.000065 with steel.
    I don't know your scope tube is aluminum and your receiver is steel so your wrong either way.

    how much do rings weight?
    Aluminum will save you about 2/3 of the total ring weight.
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    Unread 01-10-2014, 01:27 AM
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    Re: Steel vs Al rings and bases

    Well I got a good deal on som NF Steel 10moa bases so that made my mind up right there. I'm going quality over budget this time, as stated, all I do is worry about the cheaper stuff... Even though it's probably fine (egw,warne) setup always has me thinking....
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