I am the same way. All this is new. So I figured I might give it a go. Try to learn something new. I have never lapped and if I had I probably would not have tried this.I think the gist of the whole bedding process is about the areas that you cannot see with the naked eye. The edges my be making perfect contact, but there could still be some surface area that is not making that same contact.
Operating under this mindset would require a bedding job for the scope/rings every time, regardless of any visible need.
I get it and it makes sense. Since I got semi serious about my equipment and my shooting, I’ve always used Nightforce rings and those rigs consistently shoot .5moa or less, usually less, out to distances that are Max for me.
But you never know, maybe my .280ai that is a .4moa shooter on average (with anything iwould yield better groups if I had bedded the scope to the rings????
I may go this route with my next scope mounting job, but I’m leaving well enough alone with my existing rifles.
I take a lot of time and am very meticulous when mounting a scope.....to the point where I am reluctant to take it off once it’s on and rifle is driving tacks. I have two set ups right now that I’d like to swap scopes, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. But that’s just me being neurotic.
Great topic and some excellent info being shared.
I will say this. Last night I put the Swaro on my wife’s rifle. No bed job. I have only bedded the Meopta. It just felt so much better laying the scope in that smooth bed and then setting it up with a plumb line and flashlight.( first time trying that too)
What I mean by better is that every time I turned the Swaro it felt gritty in the rings. Never left a mark on it but it wasn’t butter smooth like the bedded Meopta either.