Rings and bases aluminum or steel ?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by locotrician, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. locotrician

    locotrician Banned

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    I always assumed steel rings and bases were better than aluminum at holding the scope and having all the screws stay tight. I mean to compare apple to apples so to speak I don't mean a 12 dollar aluminum component vs 150 dollar steel unit. After some research if I understand things correctly steel on steel has a lower coefficent of friction than aluminum on steel does . Does this mean if my scope tube is steel I should get a good set of aluminum instead of a good set of steel. Is there any advangatge to mixing steel and aluminum rings bases ?
     
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  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Aluminum is less likely to mar a scope or receiver if installed improperly and if you are trying
    to save weight aluminum does contribute to a lighter system, even though not very much.

    I personaly don't like the standard aluminum anything. There are aluminum alloys that are
    much better and these are normally the high end parts.

    The best light weight material is titanium but it is more expensive than the steel accessories.

    I personally Like the good steel rings and bases for price and durability and the coefficient of
    expansion is the same as the reicever.

    If properly installed all of the better made rings and bases will work well and not mar the
    scope or reicever.

    And for best results never mix different rings to different basses no mater what material they
    are made of. Buy them bu the set and stick with the same brand because the are machined
    as a set and work best.

    I know that I'm to picky but I never turn the ring caps around because they are machined
    in that position and if you turn them around they may not line up with each other perfictly.

    J E CUSTOM
     

  3. locotrician

    locotrician Banned

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    so far i use and like the ken farrell g force base and rings just wondering if there was something to having aluminum rings on a steel tube as far as "grip" . im not overly concerned if the scope gets ring marks as long as it stays in place.
     
  4. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

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    You have a steel scope tube? I'm curious what scope that is.
     
  5. Boss Hoss

    Boss Hoss Well-Known Member

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    Just about the entire BR crowd uses Aluminum myself included for both competition rifles and sporters. JJ Loh makes them from 7075 in the T7 condition (Kelby Style). I also bond my bases as well and they are 2pc because my actions are stiff enough to preclude the use of 1pc bases.
     
  6. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    After having some accuracy issues lately due to mounting issues, I have been mulling over in my head what is going to work the best. First and foremost, bedding a one piece base to my receiver solved the issue I was having.

    I am still not convinced what works the best when it comes to which materials to use for a mounting system. It has been stated alot lately that steel and AL constrict at different rates.

    Since Scopes are typically AL including the ones I use and the receiver is steel sooner or later there is a transition between steel and AL.

    I would love to know if there is any one combination that is more reliable than the other. For example, would a AL base against a steel action and then AL rings on a AL scope work better or worse than a steel base on a steel reciever with steel rings on a AL scope. Or a steel base on a steel action with AL rings on a AL scope.

    Maybe I am worrying too much over thinking this??
     
  7. locotrician

    locotrician Banned

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    thats basically what im trying to find out .
     
  8. preacherman

    preacherman Well-Known Member

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    Use the best quality rings you can possibly afford, aluminum or steel...

    Quality aluminum, when the goal is to save weight, otherwise go with steel...

    Proper install trumps everything!