Scope Mounting Height

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by desertbull, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. desertbull

    desertbull Well-Known Member

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    The bottom of my scope bell is appx 1/2" above the barrel. If I lower or raise the scope with new rings, will I be able to gain any elevation adjustment or does the base have to be canted?

    In order to zero my scope at 200 yards, I had to use up a lot of my MOA adjustment and only have 11 MOA left.
     
  2. Azprc

    Azprc Well-Known Member

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    Lowering the rings will not change how much adjustment is left in the scope. They only way to get more elevation would be to change the base. The advantage of lowering the scope via shorter rings would be the cheek weld.
     

  3. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Sumptin aint right!!! A little more info would help
     
  4. desertbull

    desertbull Well-Known Member

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    Vortex Viper Scope (30MM)
    Remington 700
    7mm Rem Mag
    162 grain SST at 3150 fps
    Zero = 200 yards
    Picatinny rail - bedded to action
    Warne medium rings

    Scope tracks fine. Always returns to zero. I basically have 1 full turn on the turret before running out of adjustment.
     
  5. bruce_ventura

    bruce_ventura Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like your receiver tolerances were off at the factory (not uncommon for 700 actions, I hear), giving you a 10+ moa cant upward with a standard base. I recommend you switch to a 30 moa cant base, or bed the rings with a 30 moa cant by adding a small spacer to the rear mount when you bed the rings.