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Offline cattail40k

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Dumb question about scope rings.
« on: October 12, 2012, 06:31:35 PM »
Ok, so when I was in my 20's I held the opinion that optics were for people who couldn't shoot. I'm now 45, glasses, too many birthdays, etc. Dumb question is, does it matter which side left or right should the screws face on the rings? It seems like it doesn't matter but the dealies on the rings don't flush up on a weaver style mount. Feels fine and sturdy. But should there be daylight between the little metal piece that you screw in to the rest of the ring or is that normal. Sorry, I don't know the terminology.

Offline StevenTing

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Dumb question about scope rings.
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2012, 12:16:34 AM »
I don't know but I'll see if I can find someone that knows the answer.

Offline Chris O

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Re: Dumb question about scope rings.
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2012, 09:36:59 AM »
I'm not sure of what you're describing, but regarding which side the rings tighten from...lots of different ring designs, some with flush mount screws (Burris) and some with large nuts (Center Point, many "tactical" styles, etc.).  If there's a large nut holding the ring to the base, I like to place that nut opposite the ejection side of the rifle.  One less thing to affect clean ejection of spent brass, more important on some rifles than others and perhaps more a cosmetic concern of mine.
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Re: Dumb question about scope rings.
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2012, 09:40:15 PM »
The screws on the top half of the rings should be tightened to 18-20 inch pounds, or in other words a firm hand-tight with a screw driver. There is usually a gap between the two half of the rings, many people over tighten these and damage the main tube of their scope.

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