Laping scope rings

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by YELLOW LAB, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. YELLOW LAB

    YELLOW LAB Member

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    I have a new Zeiss and use Leupold base and rings on a 300 win mag.

    do you feel that it is needed to lap the rings or not? just your thoughts

    tks
     
  2. kc

    kc Well-Known Member

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    If it was me I would. I bought one from Sinclair about 5 years ago.
    I seen a guy use his scope to turn the rings to mount his scope...That is no BULL$HIT.
    He bent the tube and was thinking it would be Garanteed.
    I have seen some people do some of the dumbest things in my life.
    every person I shoot with has acsess to a Lapping tool and use them
    it takes just a little pressure and you can get a dent in your tube.
    this is one of my go to tools, I may need it once but its worth it.
    if you use care, you can get away with out it.
    if if you have never mounted a scope that expencive, I would never take a chance.
    the cost fron a Gun Smith won't be as much as it would be if you dent it or bend it.
    Be smart for the long run, take no chances.
     

  3. MHO

    MHO Well-Known Member

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    Another vote for lapping your rings.
     
  4. Hookturnr

    Hookturnr Well-Known Member

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    Definitely lap 'em. I don't heavily lap any of them but just a light lapping and i don't get marks on any of my scopes anymore. Unlapped leupolds were the only thing I ever had leave ring marks but that may have been due to my propensity to purchase those over others in the past.
     
  5. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    IIWY, I'd go with Burris Signature Zee rings with inserts, no lapping required. lightbulb
     
  6. YELLOW LAB

    YELLOW LAB Member

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    what rings would be better than leupold, iam ordering a laping tool from midway usa. tks
     
  7. Hairtrigger

    Hairtrigger Well-Known Member

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    50-50 for me
    half of the scopes I mount into Burris Signature rings, the other half I lap the rings
    There is NO downside to lapping rings, it just takes longer
     
  8. YELLOW LAB

    YELLOW LAB Member

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    Who makes the best scope rings other than leupold
     
  9. Hookturnr

    Hookturnr Well-Known Member

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    There's lots of good rings out there. Badger ordinance, warner,etc. I think the weak link with std leupold mounts is the windage screw mount on the rear ring and prefer a picatinny style mount. For your money its hard to beat an EGW rail and a set of warne permanent rings, you can use em as a carry handle and they just don't move
     
  10. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    What about Leupolds' dual dovetail rings/mounts?
     
  11. kc

    kc Well-Known Member

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    I have never changed, I stayed with Leupold after I tried Weaver aluminum rings with two screws that always got crossed. Tou can spend a $hit pile of dollars if you want but
    Dollar for Dollar, I have been just fine with Leupold.
     
  12. Hookturnr

    Hookturnr Well-Known Member

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    I have a set of dual dovetail rings on one of my encores and they have been alright but I did get ring marks on a scope out of them before I lapped them. I just prefer a sturdy mount and I think you get better recoil resistance with a pic. rail.
     
  13. Hairtrigger

    Hairtrigger Well-Known Member

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    It is not about how good the rings are it is about ALIGNMENT of the rings.
    Scopes with dents have a much lower value than those without. Misaligned rings can cause improper tracking and poor scope preformance also
     
  14. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    Ain't got time to lap,,,, that's why I have ring reamers!