Tactical Scope Mounts
I am interested to know how many of you long range enthusiasts use tactical mounts on your rifles. I am talking Leupold MK4's, Badger Ordnance, GG&G, MWG or Knight's Armament. No doubt there are a few others. H-S Precision is now selling a really nice set of tactical rings and custom bases for their actions and the Rem. M-700.
For those not familiar with tactical mounts, here is brief description. The gov't set some standards for mount bases - the result of which is the Picatinny rail - a one-piece steel mount with extremely accurately placed grooves along its top surface. Into these grooves a simple ring set fits - or for that matter a variety of mounts for a variety of optics such as night vision units.
Tactical rings are simply rings on steroids - they are heavy suckers - two screws per side on the top strap. A heavy tight-fitting cross-bolt that fits into the slots on the Picatinny rail mount holds the rings to the base, in identical fashion to the old Weaver rings.
Interesting that the old Weaver design has proven to be the most reliable, robust system - it is better than any other mounting system. All bolts and screws are torqued to very specific poundage - torqueing is the secret to repeatability. I have found that my tactical rings return within 1/2 minute, usually less each time I install them.
The Weaver system is better than the tried and true Redfield dovetail/opposing screw system or dual dovetails. Guys who know claim that the dovetails will eventually shoot loose. I don't know about that but I was told at Redfield that the major problem they used to get re mounts was the dovetails snapping off when the two opposing screws became loose. I had a Redfield type set of mounts get bent or sprung after a nasty fall a couple of years ago - that would not have happened with tacticals.
Most tactical bases are precisely sloped (for an additional 20 or 25 minutes of elevation), causing the scope to tilt downward, the barrel up, to assist long distance shooting by ensuring that the scope does not run out of adjustments.
I particularly like the bases manufactured by Richard Near, a Saskatchewan manufacturer. They are definitely some of the finest bases on the market. Near bases are used by some of the most elite tactical units in the U.S. They are expensive but worth it if you like to have the best. Tactical rings and bases run about 300 bucks.
Why should a hunter consider tactical mounts? Only if you want, need, or enjoy possessing, the absolute best. Tactical mounts are the Mack-trucks of the scope mounting industry. Some people see the need. Some people just like their looks…
Is anybody, beside Dave King, a user of tactical rings?
posted April 19, 2001 12:00 AM
Registered: April 14, 2001
I've got Mark 4 base & rings on my M700 308. They hold a Mk4 M1 16X. I've got data out to 750 yards with it, haven't run out of elevation yet. Our club is building a 1000 yard range now. That will get me the rest of my dope.
You're right, they are heavy duty. Besides, the cool factor is way high on them too.
posted April 20, 2001 11:13 AM
Registered: April 11, 2001
Where in TN are you and what type of 1000yd range are they building? Will it be high-power/F-class or BR range. Just curious. I've been known to drive a few extra miles to shoot before.
Plus we have about 5-10 shooters in the TN and KY area that drive 5-7 hrs to NC to shoot at our range and I've been approached by multiple shooters from TN with 50's just itching for a place to shoot also. Just an FYI to you and your club. This isn't really on topic here so if you want to talk off line you can reach me a firstname.lastname@example.org
posted April 20, 2001 03:05 PM
Registered: April 14, 2001
I'm just east of Memphis a few miles. The range is outside of Memphis as well. Couldn't get any further from NC could it?
It will be a High Power range. We currently have a 600 yd HP range, with 200/300/500/600 yd berms. It will be converted to 100/200/300 yd berms, giving the back end to the sporting clays shooters. (So we'll have two separate ranges, in addition to the 100 yard covered line). The new range will be nice, facing north (sunlight issues). Come on over when it's done. (Probably next year though by the looks of it). You've got a place to stay here.
In the mean time, I shoot a bit at Tullahoma, TN with the National Guard matches. The range there goes out to 1000 yds, but it involves closing a road, as you have to shoot over it. Maybe you've been there? (Our guys are shooting a sniper match there this weekend, out to the 1000 yd mark. Unfortunately, I've got to work )
posted April 20, 2001 07:59 PM