I bought some Buckeye Optics scope rings so here are some pics and info

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by AustinShooter, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. AustinShooter

    AustinShooter Member

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    I saw these listed on Ebay and thought they looked like a quality product. They are listed as being lightweight and as having a Titanium cross-bolt. I paid for them on Friday and had them Monday (Today) so shipping time was impressive. My initial response of the packaging was great. The rings were packed well in a USPS box and inside, each pair was in its own box with the Buckeye logo. Some (Most) of you guys will appreciate the wording on the bottom left of the box that reads "Made in the USA"

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    Upon opening the box, I felt like a kid opening a Christmas present. These things are pretty! Inside the box was a card with the company logo and Torque Specs:

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    Each ring was individually bagged as well.

    Also inside the package was a pretty neat little Torx driver with the Buckeye Name.

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    The bottoms of the rings are flat on a level and the machining is beautiful. The titanium cross-bolt can be seen here:

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    The rings themselves have chamfered edges to help prevent scope rings and hold the scope a little more true. When torqued down they mate well and are robust feeling.

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    Again, showing off the machining of these beauties:

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    The cap screws seem to be of excellent quality and all threaded well.

    Here they are holding up my new Vortex PST 6-24 scope (I installed these onto this AR build in progress but these rings will be home on my new Savage bolt-gun when it gets to my FFL on Wednesday.

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    When I initially installed them onto the rail, the cross-bolts seem to be a LITTLE gritty and at finger tight, seemed to have a very small amount of play in them. I removed the cross bolt and ran a Q-tip through the threads then re-installed. I grabbed my Torque wrench with a 1/2" 6 point socket and hit them at 16#'s then backed them off and went to 18#'s then backed them off and went to 20#'s. The first hit at 16#'s they torqued down smoothly and are rock solid.

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    Overall, I am pretty damn impressed with these rings. I think they were listed as Anodized (The Dark Earth version) and I believe it. The finish is top quality and they really are lightweight. I will throw them on the scale tomorrow to get a weight. Buckeye should be selling these things by the truckload for the price that these were. I think these were $100 on Ebay and they normally run between $100 for their range of rings with Dark Earth or Black and they also have lightweight stainless steel for $175. Their website lists a Steel version as "coming soon" as well for those that want Steelies.

    * I Do NOT work for, nor am I affiliated with Buckeye Optics or any of its subsidiaries. I am merely sharing my opinion of a product that I took a gamble on. Your mileage, obviously, may vary but I feel like this is an excellent quality product for a great price and friendly folks running the operations.

    Enjoy!
     
  2. digger11

    digger11 Well-Known Member

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    Those look really nice.How many colors are they offering?
     

  3. AustinShooter

    AustinShooter Member

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    I believe they have Black, Dark Earth and Stainless.
     
  4. bruce_ventura

    bruce_ventura Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info. We're always on the lookout for quality, lightweight machined rings. I'll check them out.
     
  5. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    ........and I thought (falsely) they were made in Ohio (the Buckeye state) and they aren't. Made in the Pelosi state instead, which has me wondering if, indeed they are made onshore.

    You can say 'Made in USA' on your packaging. That don't mean squat today. They aren't listed on the 'Made in America' website that I can find at least.....

    www.madeinusa.org

    They do look nice. So do Talley's and Talley's are made onshore among others....
     
  6. tacsniper0888

    tacsniper0888 Well-Known Member

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    ^^^ I don't know anything about the made in USA website you included a link to or where they get their information because it is obviously inaccurate! I work for a distribution electrical transformer manufacturer named Ermco in Dyersburg Tennessee. I'm a welder. We proudly put a made in USA sticker on each transformer we build whe it goes through final assembly and we ship mainly in the conus to the wind farms out west in Kansas and Iowa as well as coned utilities in NY and BG&E in Maryland as well as many other electric cooperatives across the country, but we also ship overseas. We build a lot of transformers for the military that go to fort Bragg. We sent a big shipment to Afghanistan a few years ago for the government. To make a long story short we are not listed on that made in America website neither is nightforce or leupold so either I used the search function improperly or it's inaccurate. As far as these rings go, are they any good? As good as nightforce ultralite rings? I'm looking at purchasing a set for
    My new NXS. Thanks.
     
  7. Engineering101

    Engineering101 Well-Known Member

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    AustinShooter

    Pardon me for being dumb but I've never paid $100 for a set of rings in my life. I've used Warne, Burris, Leupold, Weaver and I think the most expensive was like $60. Why do you think $100 is a good price? Thanks in advance for the education.
     
  8. tacsniper0888

    tacsniper0888 Well-Known Member

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    Because quality rings are like quality glass, you get what you pay for! Nightforce rings are almost $200 along with seekins and badger!
     
  9. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    Not really. Glass is precision ground anbd really good glass is polished by hand and inspected.

    Rings are machined on CNC mills. Big difference. Big cost may or may not be justified. That all depends on your level of 'gotta have it' and the hinges on your wallet.

    Nightforce is nothing more than a recognized tradename. In fact, I'd bet they don't machine anything but subcontract their machining out to the most competitive bidder that allows them the best profit to cost margins.

    Like custom built rifles. If you knew who really made them..... You'd probably shitte.

    In the case of some, I know but I'm not telling.
     
  10. deadidarren

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    AustinShooter thanks for the review , i posted a question on these a couple of months ago and no one had any experience on them i think i can buy a set now with some confidence .
     
  11. FearNoWind

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    Nice set of rings, AustinShooter. I rely on Burris or Leupold for my scope mounting needs. Spending $100 +/- for scope rings is way out of my limited budget. But it's nice to know such a well made product is available for those who can afford them.
    Thanks for sharing your very well done review. :)
    Footnote: For that flash reflection on your lead photo, try taping a layer of facial tissue over the flash on the camera to defuse the light. It'll make a better image for posting.
     
  12. deadidarren

    deadidarren Well-Known Member

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    FearNoWind good tip
     
  13. krummarine

    krummarine Well-Known Member

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    I have a pair of these in 30mm and fully concur with the OP in terms of their quality, strength and fit. I also have a pair of NF Lightweight rings and the Buckeye's fit, and are on level with them. I bought both sets used so did not pay retail but I wouldn't have considered it a waste of money to do so.
     
  14. deadidarren

    deadidarren Well-Known Member

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    any idea which ring hight i need for a sendero and a nightforce 5.5-22x56 on a warne 20MOA rail





    cheers D