After merchandising rifle scopes on eBay for 6 years I may say with sheer certainty that the one area that confuses potential new scope owners more than any is the choice of scope mounts. The good news is that unless your rifle is an strange or vintage type then choosing the right scope mounts is simple. In this article you’ll learn how to quickly determine what type you need.
So the, you have a new rifle and want to get a nice telescopic rifle scope to help you shoot better? And make it look very cool too
Selecting a rifle scope may be a tricky routine in itself and I won’t cover it in this article except briefly now: If you are shooting in normal dawn to dusk type light at ranges no more than say 300 yards/metres then get a 3-9×40 or similar variable exposure scope. 3-9 = it ranges amid 3 and 9x exposure and the 40 bit means it has a 40mm wide lens at the end. This is a very good ordinary aim combination and there are options for most budgets from cheap to military.
Now what you need in order to repair the scope to the rifle are mounts. This must not be tricky but to save time, hassle and cost in returning defective mounts to the vender it’s good to get it right primary time.
There are 2 things you need to know:
1) What mounts are need for your scope in terms of (a) height and (b) ring diameter.
2) What type of rifles scope receiver grooves you have.
In numerous cases you may find scope and mount packages sold together, in these cases you may be sure that they will be rectify for the scope but you still need to be sure that they will be OK for your rifle before you go ahead. If not then you’ll need to ask the marketer if they may swap for another type.
What mounts are need for your scope
Scope mounts come in 3 main heights. By height I mean how high they will lift the scope off the rifle. There are 3 main heights:
There are also such things as ultra high but you’re improbable to need those unless you have a specialized requirement.
The size of lens rule is a good general guide but likewise fetch your rifle into consideration. If it has say a bolt action then it’s best to go for a high mount even with a littler lens scope.
Scope Tube Diameter is the second considerateness when corresponding mounts to scope.
Most scopes have a 25mm (1 inch) body tube and you’ll find that most mounts are for these scopes. If not then they will specify that they are for a dissimilar diameter body – you’ll find some with 30mm tubes. So be sure you recognise what your scopes body tube diameter is the choose your mounts to match.
What type of rifles scope receiver grooves you have
By this I mean the place where the scope mounts will attach on top of the rifle.
Commonly referred to as the scope base or rail, grooves or receiver.
There are 2 main types: Standard and Weaver (also often times called Picatinny or Tactical)
In turn mounts are normally referred to as Standard or Weaver mounts.
Standard bases are as the name proposes very common. They are the standard these days for air rifle and paintball guns and a good deal of lower powered pistols.
Weaver bases are to be found on higher power higher recoil rifles, particularly military, hunting and shotguns. They are likewise found on a lot of airsoft rifles where the replica is very accurate.
Your mount choice elements combine then…Examples
Your have an air rifle with a ordinary base and are getting a 3-9×40 scope with a 25mm tube = Standard Medium or High mounts.
Hunting rifle with 20mm weaver base and you’re getting a 6-24×50 scope with 30mm tube = High 30mm Weaver mounts.
1 or 2 piece?
This is a further division, I add this for completeness. If you’re new then I’d say go for 2 piece as your original type.
1 piece is where the whole mount body is a single molded unit. This type is very strong and solid but may not be an option if you have a bolt action or top magazine rifle.
2 piece – Simply 2 mounts that you position on the rifle base rail. Not rather the rigidity of the 1 piece but more flexible in terms of positioning and capacity to “work around” obstructions. Cheaper too.
I hope this article helps you make the right choice. Once you break it down into steps making the right rifle scope mount choice is not hard and will let you zero your new cool looking rifle scope as quickly as possible!
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