Slip­pery rings

Air Gunner - - Your Letters -

A lot of shooter’s make a com­mon mis­take, that be­ing they just fit a scope on the mounts so it looks right, as­sum­ing that it will per­form cor­rectly, but when a prob­lem shows its ugly head, it can be quite dif­fi­cult to di­ag­nose. You must pur­chase the cor­rect mount height for the scope used; for ex­am­ple, low mounts or high mounts, de­pend­ing mostly on the size of the front bell and if it has a par­al­lax ring. A friend did this, but once zeroed, started hunt­ing the next day, shortly af­ter which he started ex­pe­ri­enc­ing prob­lems. Firstly, the scope moved around putting the mil- dots out of line with the bar­rel. Se­condly, the scope moved back­wards. Thirdly, the sad­dle bolts on one of the mounts came loose, and he lost one in the field, but on the fourth oc­ca­sion, we could not find the cause un­til I re­moved the scope from its mounts. To our sur­prise ,we no­ticed the in­ner cush­ion­ing tape had gone sloppy, caus­ing the scope to move about some quar­ter of an inch, and also turn. It ap­peared that the lightly oiled rag and the heavy rain had caused the in­ner cush­ion­ing tape to be­come wet, los­ing its grip­ping re­sis­tance, and so failing. I would rec­om­mend that any one with this type of mount to re­move the cush­ion­ing tape. It’s quite straight­for­ward. I took off the top layer off and the plas­tic un­der-layer by us­ing my thumb­nail and then I used Sticky Stuff re­mover to re­move the re­main­ing bond­ing. Neil Ed­wards Hello Neil I’ve never en­coun­tered this prob­lem, but I have to say that I don’t like the self- ad­he­sive tape in scope rings. I find they make get­ting the po­si­tion just right be­fore tight­en­ing the bolts too tricky. Many of the high­est qual­ity mounts work per­fectly with­out it, so I’m not sure if it’s ac­tu­ally nec­es­sary any­way. Ed.

Should you re­move the sticky pad from your scope mounts?

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