Ring Hieght

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by jtr1997, Apr 13, 2015.

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  1. jtr1997

    jtr1997 Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2015
    I have a tikka t3 and am planning on putting nightforce tikka rail on it with a SHV 4-14x56, what hieght rings would i need im assuming high but am unsure
  2. LouBoyd

    LouBoyd Well-Known Member

    Oct 15, 2007
    It's your face which needs to have a comfortable fit so your eye will be centered on the scope when your cheek is snuggled against your trigger hand and stock.

    I keep a few cheap import ring sets just for testing rifles for a comfortable fit to scopes being fitted to rifles. After determining that buy the rings which fit you.. The most comfortable height will vary with your shooting position, such as standing vs prone. Your question is like asking what size boots you should buy to fit your skis.
  3. jtr1997

    jtr1997 Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2015
    what im asking is what hieght of rings will put the 56mm objective about a 1/4 inch space between the objective and barrel
  4. br45zy

    br45zy Member

    Apr 6, 2013
    Medium should work fine on your Tika.

    Here is a method to determine what will and what will not work that I found;

    "Determing ring height doesn't require more than a simple elementary school ruler. You measure 3 things:
    1. the height of the front of your base/rail from the barrel
    2. the height of your rings from the top of the rail to centerline
    3. the outside diameter of the bell of the scope (not the size of the objective lens)

    Here is the equation:
    [rail height + ring height] - [bell diameter x 0.5]
    If the value is positive, then your bell will clear the barrel. Optimally, you want that bell to be about 1/4" or less over the barrel. This will give you a tight cheek weld and provide for more precise trajectory. Be sure to account for Butler Creek caps if you intend on using them.

    If you are using a 40mm objective, then you can use the lowest rings and bases available, as the bell will certainly clear the barrel with no problem.

    40mm or less - low rings all the time
    50mm obj - low rings on < 5 contour
    Medium rings > #5 and up (strait barrel get med high)
    56mm obj Medium on < 5 contour (sometimes med high)
    Medium high on sendero contour
    High on >7 contour

    34mm main tube...
    50mm objective - lows will work all the time
    56mm objective - lows < sendero or #5 contour Sometimes lows will fit number 7 contour barrels, but it depends on how long the shank is after the smith installed it.
    Highs for sure anything larger than #7"

    You can find the outside dimensions of the objective lens on the Nightforce website and the actual ring height on the manufacturer's website and thet it's just a little addition and subtraction after you have those dimensions.
  5. mark fox

    mark fox Banned

    Dec 18, 2012
    depends what type of base you are using most if the time you should be using low rings on a one piece base.