Does anyone have any experience of Leupold scope mounts, good or bad? I will relate my experiences below, and would appreciate any input as to whether I am at fault, or the mounts themselves.
I chose leupold mounts as a good value alternative to the (in my eyes) over priced optilocks. I fitted my Meopta 6x42 Artemis 2000 to my Tikka 595 in .243. Initial zeroing, with the help of a pro stalker up in the borders, went well and I grassed 2 deer on my 1st outing with my new set up. Good times!
I did have some problems with my rifle zero for the remainder of the trip, but put that down to the removal of the mod between outing (I have discussed this on a previous thread).
After some more erratic performance, a reasonably lengthy zeroing session seemed to sort things out and a succession of successful outing followed. Things took a turn for the worse on my most recent trip to Dumfries. Bad times!
As a lot of you will know, the leupold system relies on a twist and lock system to anchor the front mount, and windage adjustment screws to hold the rear mount in place. My rifle's zero went to pot and on examination, one of the rear windage screws had worked loose and fallen off.
At the moment I'm well cheesed off with the mounts, but what can be done for the best??? I had initial reservations over the effectivness of a system that relies on pressure from the windage screws to hold the mount in place, especially when used on centrefire rifles. I had deliberately refrained from messing with the screws and trying to tighten them once the zero had been set, in the belief that this would affect the zero. Is this right? It's not as if my rifle is a beast, being a .243 with a PES T12 up front.
Apologies for the length of my rant, but I guess I'm looking for a response to the following:
1. Has anyone experienced something similar?
2. Can you purchase leupold mounts where both mounts are held by twist and lock?
3. As a temporary measure, I'm using some Tikka branded 'quick release' (they are held to the scope rail by oversozed screws) mounts. Will these hold zero, given that they aren'y actually fixed to the rifle action?
4. Can anyone suggest a good value alternative to the leupolds?
I hope someone can provide some sage words of advice, as I have completly lost faith in my set up and refuse to consider another shot at live quary until this is well and truely sorted.