Direct-mount rings vs. Piccatiny rail

CLeriger

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Have a Bergara B14 and am thinking of going with direct mount rings vs a rail. Would I miss not having the ability to move scope fwd it backwards along a rail system?
 

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This always seems to be my dilemma as well, if weight isn't an issue I go with rails. The last couple I bought were from mountain tactical for Tikkas and I think they are great for the money. The ability to perfectly position the scope and also being able to mount an anti cant level to the rail are why I go with rails.
 

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Agree with Sockeye66. You have some additional flexibility with rails. If you know the scope and have a fair idea of how you want it mounted front-to-back, direct mounts might work and save some weight. But if you had that info, you wouldn’t have asked. 🙂
 

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Scope height and cheek weld will also be a consideration. I added a 20 MOA rail to my Sako and had to invest in a stock pad to get proper cheek weld with the taller optic.

Obviously, depending on your stock/rail/rings setup, this may not be an issue. Just something to keep in mind.
 

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Looks like everyone is covering the pros and cons really well here, but let us know if you need help with either version. In general we find that a pic rail adds about 3 ounces to the build, though that is dependent on the rail's weight.
 

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Thanks. Ever any issues with the cartridge ejecting with having the rail there versus using a direct mount?
 

Sockeye66

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I haven't had any issues, the rifles I have them on that actually bridge the action opening would be a Savage 111, Savage 12, and a Browning A-bolt. The Tikka's are a non issue as the ejection port is to the side.
 

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I use a Game Reaper one-piece mount on a B-14 with a Vortex Viper. Works great.
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