Quality Rings for hunting rifle

aOWENc

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Hello everyone,

I just got my Leupold VX5HD 3-15x44 30mm tube scope and am in need of some advice on scope mounts. I am going to use a 20 MOA rail, but I’m unsure about what rings to go with. I want to stay away from the 6 screw “tactical” ones, especially since the front tube on this scope is so short.

I’ve heard good things about the Burris Zee rings, what about nightforce or other brands? I’d like to keep from spending $150 on a set of rings if I can help it.

It is going on a Weatherby Vangaurd s2 in 300 weatherby, sported weight barrel. I think with the 20 MOA rail I’ll be able to get away with low rings? Hopefully!

Also, I already have a set of 2 piece Talley light weight rings, but I really want the 20 MOA rail as I’ve come to prefer using the picatinny rail, the 20 MOA is just a bonus.

Thanks in advance!
 

Ckleeves

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If I’m using a rail I like Seekins rings. Great quality and I think they look a little more streamlined and snag free then most others. You can usually find them used on the forums or eBay for +-85.00.
 

FEENIX

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Hello everyone,

I just got my Leupold VX5HD 3-15x44 30mm tube scope and am in need of some advice on scope mounts. I am going to use a 20 MOA rail, but I’m unsure about what rings to go with. I want to stay away from the 6 screw “tactical” ones, especially since the front tube on this scope is so short.

I’ve heard good things about the Burris Zee rings, what about nightforce or other brands? I’d like to keep from spending $150 on a set of rings if I can help it.

It is going on a Weatherby Vangaurd s2 in 300 weatherby, sported weight barrel. I think with the 20 MOA rail I’ll be able to get away with low rings? Hopefully!

Also, I already have a set of 2 piece Talley light weight rings, but I really want the 20 MOA rail as I’ve come to prefer using the picatinny rail, the 20 MOA is just a bonus.

Thanks in advance!

I use Burris XTR Sig rings (https://www.burrisoptics.com/mounting-systems/rings/xtr-signature-rings), you can get up to 40 MOA with its inserts. They are built like a tank and does not require lapping. I paid ~$100 for mine.

ADDED: This is an old video but explains other attributes of the mounting system ...

 
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Idaho5r

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Seekins/Vortex PMR, Very nice products!!!! I have several sets, & like them a lot!!!!! I do like that they don't have the large 'nut' off to one side, much more streamlined!!!! As others have said.......... Idaho-5R
 

aOWENc

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Carefull with the 20moa rail as it tilts the objective end down.

Ah I see, so would you advise getting a 0 MOA rail, or just going with some medium rings? I think I’m settled on the nightforce rail and nightforce standard duty rings.
 

FEENIX

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Ah I see, so would you advise getting a 0 MOA rail, or just going with some medium rings? I think I’m settled on the nightforce rail and nightforce standard duty rings.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with 20 MOA cant. Most of us here have a least a 20 MOA cant base on our LRH/S set-up.

Here's one of the best free advice you can get from an optics SME ...

Even though the scope adjustment range may be large enough to get to 1,000 yds, you should use a 20 moa base. That's because off-axis optical aberrations that degrade resolution increase with incidence angle. You should set up your rifle so that the incidence angle is minimized for long distance shots (where resolution matters most).

Assume the base is within +/-10 moa of alignment with the rifle bore. Let's also assume your bullet drops no more than 30 moa at 1,000 yds, and you like to zero your rifle at 100 yds. With a standard base, you would need up to -40 moa of adjustment to get to 1,000 yds. That means you need a total 80 moa of adjustment.

With a 20 moa base you would need up to -20 moa to get to 1,000 yds, but up to 26 moa to get to a 100 yd zero (worse case boresight alignment in each case). That means you need a total 52 moa of adjustment. With a 20 moa base, however, the incidence angle at 1,000 yds is 20 moa less, so the image will have less blur.
 

Rick Richard

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Forgot to mention,but the NF ultralight rings has a titanium cross bolt that can be torqued to almost 1.5 to 2 times more than other rings... I believe it is 95 inch pounds.
 

manitou

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Burris Signature rings. They have inserts that "float" to get perfect scope alignment without torque, negating the need to lap rings. I used to never lap rings but had a scope destroyed by a set of (expensive) rings. Now, I don't need to lap since the Burris Signature rings will avoid the possibility of torque. They are less than 60 bucks too, if my memory serves me correctly. Good, solid rings made of steel.
 
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