Standard or Dual Dovetail... pros and cons


October 7, 2003, 11:03 PM
Alright, I just picked up my left handed Savage 10FLP today, and I already have a Tasco SuperSniper 10x42 ready to mount. I've gone back and forth over scope mounts the whole time I was scrounging up the money for this one. It will be used 90% range, 10% (if that) hunting from a barn loft.

I ruled out ARMS, Badger Ordnance, etc... I just don't need that much mount, and I didn't want to spend another $200 on this budget-minded 500 yard target rifle.

So I think basically I have decided to go with Burris Signature rings, and a Burris 2-piece base in either the Standard (windage screws in rear, dovetail front) or the dual-dovetail. (BTW, Burris is the ONLY company I could find besides Weaver so far that makes mounts for the new AccuTrigger'ed Savage)

But what are the advantages to them?

I assume Dual Dovetail might be a stronger base, but has no windage adjustment. Do I need to adjust windage on a base? Climbing through that tiny little hole in the floor of the barn loft might cause a few bumps along the way, so do I need the extra strength?

Thanks for all the continuing help... I may actually get outa this one without any purchasing regrets!

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October 7, 2003, 11:18 PM
Buy using the mounts for windage adjustments you can keep your crosshairs at optical center (by finding out how many clicks the windage adjustment has and setting it half way). For some scopes this can account for better accuracy as the center of some large belled scopes has the least distortion and can let you have maximum adjustment for wind if you use target knobs to shoot long range.

On the down side, I ate 3 sets of Leopold STD rings with my 7STW. Duel dovetail is very strong and nice for LARGE calibers. In all other instances I prefer a Weaver style mount as long as they are made from steel.

October 7, 2003, 11:59 PM
for a target rifle, go w/ the windage adjust.

try to get your rifle's windage perfect w/o using the windage adjustment on the scope, too.

don't know about burris bases... i use leupolds. i do have 1 pair of burris rings w/ inserts and am very unhappy w/ them, for whatever that is worth.

October 8, 2003, 12:31 AM
Got a Super Sniper 10x42m on my Remington 700 PSS and am using Lupold set of PWR high rings ($40) and a Mk 4 base ($95 both from and have a lot of good luck with them for F class comps. The Savage FP10 .308 has a Ken Farrell steel 0 MOA base ($53.75 from and some more PWR high rings ($40 from on a Super Sniper 16x42 and is pure evil for hunting (some people say I don't hunt but harvest deer with this rifle) and vermin smacking. Both setups are rock solid and those Super Snipers have more than enough windage and elevaton for almost any job.

Had to get that out

So for your question: dual Dovetail


K.I.S.S. (=less moving parts, adjust your glass and not your rifle etc......) and the Tasco Super Sniper Scopes have lots of windage and elevation already so make use of it.

just my .02

October 8, 2003, 08:44 AM
Burris Signature rings are plenty strong, but the ones with the plastic inserts were trouble for me too. I now use the standard signature rings lapped in on my 7STW.

Steve Smith
October 8, 2003, 08:53 AM
I agree, since your scope has good windage controls and plenty of movement, just use that. Remember to write down your no-wind zeros for the scope so you can go back.

October 8, 2003, 07:24 PM

Thanks to all this great input, here's what I've decided...

NO to the Signature rings...

NO to windage adjustable bases...

YES to sturdy mounts...


Ken Farrell's mounts are AWESOME! :) And they're half the price of similar mounts I've seen. I had never even heard of them before...

I think I may go with the 2-piece mount for the extra access to load rounds, but either way, KF it is... And I'll probably do Leupold PRW rings as well. All told, it won't cost more than $10 over what the Burris setup would have.

Thank you all for your input... it has helped tremendously.

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