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Sufficient scope/barrel clearance?

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Unread 03-18-2006, 10:09 PM
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Sufficient scope/barrel clearance?

I picked up a Browning stainless stalker and consulted the Leupold website on ring height for the varixII 4-12x 40mm. Their site said that low rings would work. I usually use medium rings with this scope, but I thought that low rings would put it closer to the bore and make for better cheek placement on the straight comb stock.
I mounted it and I have the barest of clearances. Maybe a few hundredths of an inch between scope and barrel. It is as far forward as I want for eye relief. Just wanted to make sure that it wouldn't hurt the scope with a shock wave from the barrel or something. Shouln't be any barrel whip that close to the receiver.
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Unread 03-19-2006, 01:16 AM
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Re: Sufficient scope/barrel clearance?

I'm no expert, but I think that as long as it's not touching you are good to go. I have a .243 with a scope mounted very low, and no problems.

take it for what it's worth....good luck
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Unread 03-19-2006, 02:01 AM
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Re: Sufficient scope/barrel clearance?

...put a sheet of paper and a sheet of carbon paper in the gap. Fire the rifle. If the carbon paper marks the paper, the scope is too low.
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