DNZ Scope Mount/Rings


December 18, 2010, 07:22 PM
I had a lot of people suggest getting a DNZ Mount. From the looks of it, it's a pretty nice mount. So, I went ahead and bought one to put my Nikon Buckmaster 3x9-40 on my little Rem 700 SPS. I figure it's a good pickup for the price, so I jump.

The thing comes in and I go to mount it, this is what I come up with:


Now am I stupid or does this thing not fit? (or both).

The rings say it'll fit a 1" diameter scope. According to Nikon, this is a 1" diameter scope. So what in the world am I doing wrong or did they just mill this thing wrong?

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December 18, 2010, 07:28 PM
wow that looks like a lot of room there.

is the other side snugged down with no gap? or is it the same on both sides of the ring?

I have only seen one other DNZ mount and the rings were nearly flush when snugged down.

December 18, 2010, 07:31 PM
When I took that particular picture, the other side was flush. I kept messing with it and could get both sides even, but they definitely were not flush.

Sucks considering I was going to sight this sucker in tomorrow morning and then go hunting for the week. Looks like that won't be happening with this rifle.

December 18, 2010, 07:34 PM
get both sides even and check for the gap at the top of the ring where the scope is. if no gap with teh surface of the ring and the scope then I would not worry.

shoot it and see if the scope moves (i would put at least 20rds thru it to verify the scope is not moving).

next time get a set of warne rings and burris XTB bases or warne bases.

December 18, 2010, 07:40 PM
There isn't one . . . It's just one of those principals. If I spend $40+ dollar on a hunk of metal, it could at least fit ha.

December 18, 2010, 07:42 PM
If that's the entire gap on one side it looks fine to me. I worry when I install a scope cap and the gap goes away completely leaving you wondering if the ring bottomed out before sufficient clamping force was applied to hold the scope in place.

But your pic looks completely normal to me for all but the most expensive scope rngs. DNZ mounts are GTG and at only $40 they aren't costly by any stretch of the imagination but perform as well or better than some mounting systems costing well over 2x as much.

December 18, 2010, 08:31 PM
They aren't going to fit flush. Just even the gap out on both sides and you're good to go.

December 18, 2010, 09:11 PM
There will be a gap. You want a gap. You want the scope to clamp against the scope tube firmly, not against itself. Make your gaps even, torque the screws down to a reasonable level and leave it be. You do NOT want to keep at it until the gaps close because you will have crunched your scope tube and voided its warranty.

A little knowledge goes a long way and a little lack can result in an expensive heap of garbage.

December 18, 2010, 10:28 PM
DNZ mounts are great.

Like has been mentioned, you need a gap, and the gap should be equal on both sides.

Don't over or under tighten!

December 18, 2010, 10:48 PM
You will have about 1/8" gap on both sides. If possible use an inch pound torque device. The coating on the nikon tube makes the scope a bit bigger than others with not so textured a coating.

December 19, 2010, 08:12 AM
They're fine. You just have them mounted incorrectly. Back off on the other side and adjust them evenly so there is a small gap on both sides. The gap should be the same on both sides.

December 19, 2010, 10:01 AM
The thing I don't like about them is the fact that you have to watch the spacing on your scope to fit if you decide to change it. I put a picanty rail with med mounts on my sps with a 4-16x40 buckmaster on it. I like the fact I have a lot of in and out adjustment for different scopes and if I get a 50mil I don't have to buy a whole new mount, just rings. My brother in law has the dnz on his 270 and it works good, just a matter of what you like I suppose.

December 19, 2010, 11:07 AM
That's why I don't like them either. Too few options and you have to remove the scope from the base before you can remove the mount from the rifle. I like to be able to switch stuff around so nearly all my guns wear Weaver or picatinny rails with Warne QD rings.

December 19, 2010, 01:45 PM
CraigC has a very good point which I realized as I was putting it on my Tikka.

I knew then, and still know now, that I have the right scope on that gun.

If you can live with the "semi-permanent" fact though, they are great.

Since the rings are part of the base and it is all one piece, there is no lapping required. I like the semi-permanent factor, but then again I don't care to switch scopes.

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