Need help shimming scope bases

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Oliver Whipple, May 23, 2009.

  1. Oliver Whipple

    Oliver Whipple Member

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    Just got back from the range with my new rig. It's a 300 Winmag set up as a light weight walking rig with long range capabilities. Optics are a Leupold 3.5-10 VXIII w/turrets in Talley LW's. Problem is this: sighted in for a 200 yard zero, I've only got 4/5's of a complete turn in elevation left...so I know I've got to shim the rear base. I've never done it before, though have some inkling how to do it. Questions are this:

    1) I've got two complete turns of down left in the turret. Approx what thickness do I need to shim the rear base to recover those turns?

    2) Is it necessary to lap the rings after shimming? Wondering if the resultant offset will induce unkind stresses into the scope tube?

    Thanks in advance for help from those that have BT/DT.
     
  2. zuba

    zuba Well-Known Member

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    I'd buy a base with some moa built in, I got one from egw and really like it. in my opinion shims=bad
     

  3. CS T

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    I do not recommend shimming it can add problems. I also recommend get a base that has MOA.

    Mike @ CSGW
     
  4. Oliver Whipple

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    Forgive my ignorance, but where is the best place to get a lightweight set of rings w/moa built in? Also, since I'm losing approx 24 minutes in revolutions, I'm guessing that I'll be looking for a 20 moa base? Do they do this w/two piece bases or is this one piece only? This is all new to me, so thanks for the help.
     
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  5. Buffalobob

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    From one of my old posts but I do not remember if it was a short action of long action being discussed:


    If you wish you can get Burris Signature rings with inserts and use them to get 20 MOA without changing bases or lapping.
     
  6. Oliver Whipple

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    BB,
    Thanks. 'This is exactly the option I was looking for. I had heard of them but wasn't aware you could get 20moa with them. When using these offset inserts, do you have to use offsets in both rings, or can you use the .020 in one and the regular insert in the other?
     
  7. Buffalobob

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    You may have to buy the insert kit separate from the rings. Check carefully what comes with the rings in terms of inserts. As we learned earlier in life when it comes to skinning a goat there are a number of ways to do it. My preference is +10 and -10 but my memory fails me on whether the kits come with those inserts. Lots of times I have old partially used kits around and just start grabbing what I have on hand.
     
  8. J E Custom

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    Not to butt in but you have to offset both rings 10 MOA opposite of each other for a total of 20
    MOA,

    You can also get different offsets in the burris rings if you don't want 20 MOA.

    With the offset bases available nowadays you have plenty of options without shimming.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  9. Buffalobob

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    You type too slow. :D
     
  10. Oliver Whipple

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    Thanks again Bob. The +10 and -10 makes sense. I've placed an order with Midway and should be GTG by next weekend.
     
  11. J E Custom

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    Tell me about it !!

    J E CUSTOM
     
  12. noone

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    The shims I got from Leupold were .010 inch thick. As I have one piece bases, I didn't need to re-lap the rings as both changed angle together. However, my guess is that because the back ring is changing angle while the front ring isn't that there would be some mis-alignment of the rings.

    But, as I haven't ever used a two piece base set up, I don't know if the change in angle is enough to bugger up the scope. I imagine at the very least, it will show marks on the scope from where the top front and rear lower bite into the scope a bit harder.
     
  13. ss7mm

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    Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. You can see how to accomplish things using shims or custom bases. You can also accomplish the same thing with the Burris ring inserts. Just thought I'd put these up in case anyone was interested. Please note that the picture examples are very exagerated to make it easier to see.


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  14. noone

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    For SS7

    Absolutely outstanding graphics and explanation. I have rifles with the MOA machined into the base, and have used the shim/bed method. I found out about the screw issue the hard way, but was fortunate to be able to locate proper screws. The shim wasn't high enough to throw off the base/receiver holes-I didn't even have difficulty getting the threads to catch.

    Although both methods worked out fine for me, I think that having the base with the angle machined into it is the best option, and certainly the least work.

    But for those folks lacking access to a base with the angle machined into it, doing the shim/bed (with a one piece base) might be the only option until the proper base can be located. I sure wouldn't recommend shimming a two piece base setup (unless you don't care what happens to your scope, and performance isn't an issue).