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Unread 05-30-2004, 11:39 PM
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Scope Base

I need some info on scope bases and set-up. What is the best type of scope base? I have seen Picatinny, Weaver, dove tail, but I do not know anything about scope mounting systems. This will be mounted on a Rem 700 and probably a Leupold scope. Any info on this, and scope set-up would be a great help.
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Unread 05-31-2004, 03:32 AM
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Re: Scope Base

Bagder Ordnance.
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Unread 05-31-2004, 07:39 PM
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Re: Scope Base

Here are some photos of Badger rings and 20MOA base: Link
Badger Ordnance Website
They make good kit. [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
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Unread 06-01-2004, 06:07 AM
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Re: Scope Base


Best is a relative term.

Best for what use or best for the money?

I will make the statement, putting a $240 set of bases and rings on a $400 gun that cannot take advantage of them does not make sense. Particularily if you do not know anything about them as you say.

BO rings are great, but overkill for most (98%)people who would be better off with $75 set of double dovetail bases and burris signature rings. Defy any hunter to break them.

Tactical rings are for take on/off with return to zero and combat reliability. Both elements are non essential for hunters.

Spend the money on bullets, reloading and shooting.

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Unread 06-01-2004, 09:06 AM
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Re: Scope Base

I have Leupold Dual Dovetail on all my Rem 700s. I like them for their sturdiness and good looks. I use 2 pieces of 1" stainless roundstock about 4" long to align the rings. I had the roundstock milled by a co-worker so I know they are precisely alignable.
I have used the front dovetail/rear windage type rings and mounts before but have doubts about them. I once had a windage screw break off just below the head while shooting some 180gr loads (hot) in a .300 Win Mag.
The Badger Ordnance rings are tough critters for sure and give most any rifle a superman interface between scope and rifle. I can't get over the price though. I have never used them so can't say either way about their performance.
I recently purchase the Burris Dual Dovetail mounts with D/D rings and the hard plastic inserts. Initially they didn't allow for clearance between the barrel and scopes objective lens. I purchased the different size insert kit and used .030 in the rear and .010 in the front. Seems this would be ideal for a long range setup. I have them on an older Savage 110FP (LA) in .223 Rem. They are plenty sturdy and easily installed. The Burris and Leupolds are in the same ballpark price wise. Hope this helps. Johnny K.
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Unread 06-04-2004, 04:20 PM
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Re: Scope Base

Ive used a number of rings/mounts.
I have a set of BO's coming, and should be here Monday or so. Cant wait to get them on!!...sakofan..
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Unread 06-04-2004, 06:04 PM
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Re: Scope Base

As BountyHunter states, one should have an idea what's desired/needed.

Here's a picture, not too clear, of the wear on my rifle from one (1) hunt. These are Badger Ordnance rings and bases and a Nikon Tactical 2.5 x 10 scope. Notice the "shine" on the edges on the windage turret, it's similar on the elevation turret. Also the finish has been worn off a portion of the bolt handle (appears as glare but it's also lack of finish) and the rest of the rifle is in as big a mess as the portion you see here. This was caused by "normal" Dave King wear and tear during a recent bear hunt.

This "normal" wear and tear is the reason I personally use Badger Ordnance rings and bases. I had fairly poor luck keeping other types of rings in place or keeping a scope/rifle zeroed. I'm not one to baby a rifle, I have them built as a rough use and durable tool, I do not expect them to fail before I do. Since I've switched to the seemingly more durable (and expensive) tactical stuff I've yet to need to rezero a rifle after a fall, slide, spill, dunking, whacking, banging, falling, drop, or any combination thereof. (Quick note while I'm thinking of it: it's better to suck the mud out of a barrel from the muzzle end than to blow it out toward the action, lots less cleaning. P. S. Don't smile at folks for a while after this procedure, they'll think you're from West Virginia [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]).

One thing I've heard of folks doing with the dual dovetail leupold stuff is to have it brazed or silver soldered once the final position is determined, no more unexpected movement after that.

Point is, get what you need and don't skimp, overkill may be a waste. Wasting a hunt or a one time shot on less than adequate gear is not a good feeling.
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