Selecting Rifle Scope Rings

rifle scope rings

You’ve selected your rifle, your scope, now you need a way to mount your scope correctly on to your rifle. Sometimes it can be quite confusing to a new gun owner and even some old ones! There are so many choices of optics out there, and the ways to actually put them on the gun are innumerable and complicated.

Make sure you have all the equipment you need to mount your scope: the scope, the unloaded rifle, the scope mount or base, rifle scope ringsM, and a set of tools including screwdrivers and an allen wrench. If your gun isn’t equipped for scope mounts, you may need to take it to a gunsmith first.

Scope bases come in many different styles. They include Weaver, Picatinny, Redfield/Leupold and clamp-on mounts, among others. Some manufacturers build a scope base directly into the receiver. You can attach the base with either clamps or screws, depending on the type of base, and make sure to match the rifle scope ring to the base as well as your scope to prevent problems.

Rifle scope rings are usually two-piece clamps. You attach the lower part of the rings directly to the scope base as the scope will rest in the lower half of the rings. The upper part holds the scope in place and steady. It’s important to know that mounting rings come in different heights. The size of the scope’s objective lens will determine the height the mounting rings will need to be.

Overall, it’s understood that a rifle scope ring and the bases should not be the place to pinch pennies. The money will be well-spent and will ensure reliability, ruggedness, and peace of mind.

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