I have a model 7 .308 (18.5"barrel) that I bought new in 1988. It has a 1 piece base,it has 3 mounting hole,2 in the front and 1 in the back.I guess that's why they put the 1 piece base on it.My son is useing it now,and it's a little hard to load because of the bridge the base makes. Is there a 2 piece base for these??
They used only make one piece bases for the model 7.I have no idea if you can get a 2 piece base now.
As I said,yes, Leupold makes a two piece base for the 7. I've been out of the business for years and as a result I'm not current on all the details, but it appears later production Mod 7s were drilled and tapped for two piece bases, two holes in the bridge, two in the ring.
From the current online Mod 7 Owner's manual, item #41
So, if you have an older production action with one hole in the bridge its a simple matter buying the mounts, measuring the hole spacing then drill and tap the bridge for the second screw.
I have one of the originals in 708 with the 18" pencil thin barrel. It has a leupold one piece and I nor my daughter learning ever had an issue with it being in the way, never crossed my mind. If your's isn't a Leupold then the Leupold will fix it.
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