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?