aluminum or steel rings

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by destroyer, May 14, 2005.

  1. destroyer

    destroyer Member

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    Is there any big advantages over the aluminum over steel rings other than the weight. Im looking at trying the mark 4 rings and bases. Thanks
     
  2. Centre Punch

    Centre Punch Well-Known Member

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    Hi Coues,
    Durability is the factor here and on that steel rings and bases win hands down.
    Although some manufacturers say their rings are hardened, this is usually a surface treatment which does not stop the material underneath distorting.
    I use MK4 steel rings on my 300WSM, what calibre of rifle are you using? Is it a boomer? If not you could use aluminium rings quite successfully.

    Ian.
     

  3. Paul Wyatt

    Paul Wyatt Well-Known Member

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    Let me add another perspective - almost all scope tubes are an aluminimum alloy. Steel and aluminimum expand at different rates.
    The aluminimum rings are as strong if not stronger than their steel counterparts.
    Go to Sinclair International and look at the scope rings available, most are aluminimum and these are used by some of the best shots in the world, yes mostly from benches, but on some pretty big boomers. US Optics has an interesting blurb on this very issue. Go to the following link, page 133 for their take.
    http://usoptics.com/pdf_files/bases&rings.pdf
     
  4. ricka0

    ricka0 Well-Known Member

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    I'll be testing the new Burris Xtreme rings on my three 50 BMGs (and my 375 RUM) using my massive NightForce scopes soon I can can get 3 pair ( 27 June 05 ). I expect these AL rings to do fine with my big Boomers.
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    At less than $40 pair, I can't see paying more (assuming they work)
     
  5. destroyer

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    Thanks guys for the help