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Bases and Rings, Part Two

Part of the trouble with our older scope mounting systems is that they were designed way back when scope reticles were not permanently centered. If you cranked the crosshairs up and right, they traveled up into the upper right quadrant of your field of view and there they sat. So rather than adjusting the crosshairs, shooters would center them and then adjust the scope itself up, down, right or left. This was an immense pain in the ass, and once you had a scope mounted, you didn't touch it.

Now we don't have to do this, unless the barrel is out of line with the receiver, and then you will probably need a mounting system with some of the old left/right to it.

The strongest mount around is made by David Miller, the great Tucson rifle builder. He builds each one to fit a particular rifle, and they are constructed so that the scope is almost entirely encased by the steel rings and bases.

The lightest/simplest rings and bases are made by Talley, and were designed by Melvin Forbes of New Ultra light arms. The base and lower half of each ring is one piece of aircraft aluminum. They weigh less than a hummingbird's spleen, but are extremely strong.

The strongest bases and rings, aside from David Miller's, are the standard Talleys. They are steel, and have a virtual death grip on the fine-gun biz. Every expensive rifle you see employs them. However, getting them mounted can cause you to say many a bad word, and the directions don't help much.

The worst rings and bases are any of the see-unders. Structurally they are weak and they force you to lift your head off the stock to see through the scope and thereby violate one of the principles of sound rifle shooting. And try to get a gun with these abominations on board into a saddle scabbard.

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Del in KS

Jack Danels, You sound very much like my old friend Rocky Mtn Hunter.

Del in KS

Peter,

Sorry I missed seeing your post until today. I grew up in Lake and Sumter counties. That is about 20 miles west and north of Disney World. The two cities are Leesburg and Bushnell. I still go home to visit my siblings every few years. Watch out for the snakes there are some huge ones in FL.

Del in KS

Clay, I left four hunting buddies in AK but have lost track of all but one. He moved to Anchorage and isn't able to hunt anymore but still goes to Chitina to stock up on Salmon every year. Gets them from a fish wheel. He has offered to ship me some fish a time or two..Couple years ago took some friends up and had a blast fishing for Halibut and Silvers at Seward and Homer.

Del in KS

Peter,

The Oyster Trough is a little redneck looking place but the people are friendly. The Oysters are the absolute best (they have other seafood too) and The beer comes in a frozen heavy glass mug. Prices are cheap. Its right on highway 19 on the north end of Eustis. The highway is divided they are on the west side of the southbound lanes. I make it a point to go there for 3 dozen on the half shell and a mug or two of Bud every time I go home. That is about the only time I ever drink alcohol.




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