Scope Clearance

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by motrophyhunter, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. motrophyhunter

    motrophyhunter Active Member

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    Mounted my Huskemaw on my new custom 7mag and have only 8/1000's clearance between the barrel and scope, do you folks think this may cause any problems being this close.
     
  2. That sounds too close for comfort to me. I like to be able to slide a dime between the scope and barrel, but would settle for a bit less, but not that much less.
     

  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    The old saying that as long as it clears it's ok is not true because; When a rifle fires there are
    harmonics that cause the barrel to flex unless it is an extremely heavy one. Also the scope
    will surely flex because of recoil and the first movement of the objective bell is downward at
    recoil.

    So the scope needs to have enough clearance to allow some flex without contacting the barrel
    each time.

    The wider the spacing of the rings will help but there is no substitute for enough clearance.

    I Like about 1/8th of an inch (No more) With or without flip up caps.

    On rifles like the 22 rim fire it probably wont hurt but with any modern center fire rifle there
    will be some contact each time at fireing.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  4. motrophyhunter

    motrophyhunter Active Member

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    Well I am going to go ahead and install the high base and call it good, should be about right.
     
  5. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    J E is correct. Flexing will happen and that's way to close for comfort. If it were at a 1/16 I'd say maybe depending on recoil and barrel contour, although I prefer 1/8 minimum and 1/4 maximum.