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Thread: Price Variation of Scope Rings - What do you get for your money?

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    Price Variation of Scope Rings - What do you get for your money?

    As above. I'm about to fit a scope to my first rifle and the variation in the cost of rings is incredible. From 10 to 150 and I could spend even more. I'm guessing weight comes into it, but are the more expensive rings more accurately manufactured? I think I'm in the wrong business as I reckon I could CNC a set as accurate as any out there for a fraction of the cost!

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    What rifle are they for ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Co1 View Post
    As above. I'm about to fit a scope to my first rifle and the variation in the cost of rings is incredible. From 10 to 150 and I could spend even more. I'm guessing weight comes into it, but are the more expensive rings more accurately manufactured? I think I'm in the wrong business as I reckon I could CNC a set as accurate as any out there for a fraction of the cost!

    Plenty of cheap Chinese stuff out there on the internet sites, but badly finished and sharp edges can damage your scope. I would steer clear. A good mid range is Sportsmatch in my experience. High end German stuff outrageously expensive but sometimes necessary for some rifle/scope combinations. If you are skilled with CNC you are a lucky man indeed.
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    Most of the cheaper rings are OK to an extent, things like thread stripping can be a problem with them (if you're built like a Gorilla and don't have a torque wrench!). The steel one-piece mounts re very nice but very expensive I looked at a set which were almost 400!.

    I used to use Millet Angle Loc rings but have now moved to some cheap and cheerful rings from UTG, I have sets of their RG2W3226 Weaver Picatinny Mount Twist Locks on 3 rifles, all with fairly large scopes fitted (8-32x56 and 10-50x60) so far they've held perfect zero despite some rough handling by me. At under 22 a set including shipping I'm impressed, cheapest place I can find them over here in the UK is JS Ramsbottoms.

    Some reviews on them here, Leapers UTG 30mm Max Strength Tactical 6-Hole Quick Detachable Twist

    ps. Don't get the ones with the throw lever, they aren't as good as the twist locks
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    In my humble opinion Burris Zee signature rings are the best and in this country 50-75 a set, but much cheaper if you get them from the states.

    Leupold rings are very good. Sportsmatch also make excellent rings. Currently I have scopes attached by 3 sets of Burris and 2 sets of Sportsmatch, never had an issue with any of them.

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    Cheers guys. They are for a Steyr Pro Hunter II.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Co1 View Post
    As above. I'm about to fit a scope to my first rifle and the variation in the cost of rings is incredible. From 10 to 150 and I could spend even more. I'm guessing weight comes into it, but are the more expensive rings more accurately manufactured? I think I'm in the wrong business as I reckon I could CNC a set as accurate as any out there for a fraction of the cost!

    I doubt weight has anything to do with the cost of scope rings and quite a few are as you also clearly think over priced. This over pricing seems to be the norm for the UK market. Some of the modern scope rings would look more in keeping with iron girders than sports optics and a fine rifle.

    You as the customer pays your money and takes your choice some of the air weapon scope rings are nicely anodised but still look industrial or agricutural with little shape of style and to me the before mentioned Sportsmatch fall into this category. It is a bit like modern cars with their sharp edges and angles ................................ I prefer flowing curves especially rounded ones .

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    I have used the rings produced by Sportsmatch for years, on an air rifle, .17HMR and .243W.
    A set is typically around 14-18.
    No issues with them at all - I am rather puzzled where the value is in some 'premium branded' scope rings that sell for 5-10 times that price.

    This UK company also offers prompt advice: Email them with your rifle and scope brand/model and they will advice on the best fitting rings from their product line.
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    I have tried a lot of mounts, from cheap copies through to Third Eye Tactical.

    Most of the cheap ones are, as already said, rough.
    I lost count of the ones that only had one mount threaded in the pair, and those that have screws with no thread on them.
    In a lot of cases parts of them stretch, or the cap head just strips, as the alloy they are made of is something between compressed dog poo and recycled dinky toys.

    TET are excellent, and you get what you pay for.

    I more recently bought several sets of genuine weaver mounts from SGC, as I wanted the six screw cap with picatinny rail, and they have been flawless.

    I recommend getting a 20MOA rail as well.

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    A lot is to do with manufacturing tolerances, material quality and general quality of engineering.. it doesn't take much misalignment between front and rear rings to permanently damage a scope by bending the tube! Hence the reason one piece mounts tend to be expensive as there is little room for error... at least with 2 separate rings you have a little wiggle room!

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