Preventing ring marks

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Jeremybj, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. Jeremybj

    Jeremybj Well-Known Member

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    Hello,

    I purchased a 4-16x50 Vortex Viper PST scope. I'm going to mount it on my Savage model 10 308. Since I spent good money on this scope I want to keep it in tip top shape and preserve resale. Should I buy a ring with 4-6 screws per ring to spread the survice area? Or should I lap the rings or something? Or is there a certain brand of ring that I should get? Let me know your thoughts. Thanks.
     
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  2. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

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    Burris Signature Rings use plastic inserts to grab the scope and I've never heard of anyone getting ring marks using them. I've shot them on some 7mm mags and after tons of rounds they've never shifted point of aim and when I took the scopes off they looked like they had never been mounted.
     

  3. highridge1

    highridge1 Well-Known Member

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    Lap them,or signature rings . Warne rings don't mark my scopes either they look new when I remove.
     
  4. strombeckj

    strombeckj Well-Known Member

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    +1 for Burris best rings for lack of a ring mark. otherwise lapping rings is a must.

    Jon
     
  5. Sperz208

    Sperz208 Well-Known Member

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    +1 for Waren not making marks. I have had the rings on and off my zeiss quite a few times in the last week. But alas they don't give me the elevation i need so I'm going to the Burris Sig Rings to try and get some more moa.

     
  6. Jeremybj

    Jeremybj Well-Known Member

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    Are we talking Burris Signature standard rings or Burris Signature Zee rings? Can you see the plastic inserts in them when the scope is mounted up or does it look like a normal ring?
     
  7. Aldon

    Aldon Well-Known Member

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    As mentioned already, Warne rings are very effective and have never left marks on my scopes.

    They are all I use currently.

    Although I suggest a steel base, not aluminum weavers....
     
  8. Jeremybj

    Jeremybj Well-Known Member

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    Is there any "redneck" cheater way to lap rings, or do I have to buy one of those kits?
     
  9. Dr. Vette

    Dr. Vette Well-Known Member

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    Either one has the insert. The ring you pick depends on the base you have. I've used both with excellent success.
     
  10. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    You should always lap your rings unless its something like a NEAR where he says not to. but your standard rings should always be lapped to take out any misalignment or imperfections, it also gives you reassurance and visual confirmation that you have full surface contact. as far as a redneck cheater way to lap rings... not really the wheeler kits are so inexpensive i dont see how you could save much money unless you have a perfect 1" or 30mm (whatever your case is) piece of round stock laying around, and some lapping compound.. but for 30-40 bucks wheeler includes the bar, handle and lapping compound.. very worthwhile investment.
     
  11. noneck180

    noneck180 Well-Known Member

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    I have used TPS rings for years and never had a mark yet..
     
  12. TacRabbit

    TacRabbit Well-Known Member

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    I agree with always lapping your rings especially when mounting an optic that represents a significant investment. I would add that using the manufacturer recommended torque would be a good idea and combined with lapping should ensure that your scope showes no ring marks if you decide to sell it. As far as rings, I think that TPS offers the best quality vs. price. I have lapped a couple sets and they would have been fine without it. I also like Talley and Reaper rings.
     
  13. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

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    Yes sir... I would think not doing this is the most common culprit.
     
  14. Jeremybj

    Jeremybj Well-Known Member

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    Do you know a cheap instrument that can measure inch pounds? The cheapest 1 I have found is about $60.