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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-25-2016, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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scope choice??

Have a new 22-250 Kimber provarmint rifle. Pulling from my existing scopes I have a new Sighttron 6X24X42. and a older Leopold 3X9X40 MM Vari-X-II. It appears the 42 MM Sighttron is touching the barrel with Redfield Med. rings meaning I would have to go to a high mount ring which I have never used and have always heard less accuracy because of the line of sight and/or higher check stock??

Am I better off going the route of the 42 MM and higher mounts or the 40 MM with Med mounts?

Is there a way to shim the 42 MM rings to get clearance from the barrel.

I would like this to be a 400 Yd+ ground hog gun.

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Re: scope choice??

You can shim the bases with soda can. That will give you a little. I never heard of high rings causing accuracy issues. They are just hard to use for some people. I'd go with the Leupold personally, but then Leupold is all I buy.

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Im a leupold fan too but 400 yard ground hog shots with a 3x9 will be challenging. Get higher rings and use the sightron, the added magnification will be nice. Keep your eyes open, you can find lightly used leupold 8.5x25 for around $700, ouch you might say, but the first time you shoot though it you'll forget all about that heavty price tav
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Re: scope choice??

I have the Leupold 8.5-25 on my 22-250 and love it.

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I have a leupold 6-24 on mine. I don't see how the higher rings would make the gun and scope less accurate. It might make you shoot it less accurately because your head would be in a less comfortable position, especially while prone.
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Re: scope choice??

The higher rings will affect your sight in some due to the increased distance between the bore and the line of sight. But it's no big deal. If it's too much to shim just do the high rings.

You can get an add-on cheekpiece for the stock if you're not getting a comfortable cheek weld.

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Re: scope choice??

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I never heard of high rings causing accuracy issues. They are just hard to use for some people.
Me neither. Just make sure your comb is high enough. You can add a foam comb to get the height.

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Re: scope choice??

High rings won't affect sight-in accuracy, because you are connecting the invisible lines of bullet travel vs. optical line. But POI will be off a touch more with a higher ring, when you increase or decrease from the known sight-in distance.

Is it enough to matter? Depends on the accuracy You want from multiple distances.

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Re: scope choice??

Get the higher rings. Shims are generally a band-aid, not a cure, especially for this situation. Shims are more necessary to even a mismatch in height, such as on my Marlin where Leupold knows and will send their own shims out for using their 1-piece base on the 1895 receiver. They know it'll cause elevation issues, and you need to shim the rear of the base to correct the problem.

For a simple scope clearance issue, pull the bases and put on higher ones, then as someone said, get a cheek piece for your comb to adjust the height for a good cheek weld.

In the end, you need to get your scope objective high enough to clear the barrel. That means the scope has to go up from where the current rings place it, and you may as well do it right from the start.




(and keep the current rings once you replace them.....I promise you'll find a use for them at some point....)
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POI will be off a touch more with a higher ring, when you increase or decrease from the known sight-in distance.
I'm not quite sure I understand what your explaining here, No mater the height of the rings, when you shoot in for say a 100 yards, if you want to shoot at 200 the bullet drop will be the same, so I don't understand how POI changes.
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