30mm ring advice: M14S and 4-14 scope


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Wakal
December 27, 2002, 04:16 PM
Need to put the pieces together...I have a M14S with a Springfield 3rd Gen 4-14 30mm scope and the latest Springfield mount. What rings would smart folks use?

I was thinking of the aluminum $2.99 rings from CDNN... :o

Actually, debating between the Smith Tactical, Badger Maximized, or those monster D.D. Ross "heavy tactical" rings. Not only that, but do I need medium, high, extra high, nosebleed section...

Please use small words, I'm a pistol shooter just getting into this rifle stuff :confused:


Thanks,
Alex

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Powderman
December 27, 2002, 04:47 PM
I would probably contact Springfield and procure some of their excellent 30mm rings. The mount is a different story.

Springfield markets a fine product, to be sure--but the best M14 scope mount I have seen came from McCann Industries. Also, for a wealth of information concerning the M14/M1A, check out this site:

www.fultonarmory.com

Wakal
December 27, 2002, 06:18 PM
Walt has my M14 in his mitts already...they are putting a new barrel on it. He is probably sick of my silly questions already, and I was looking to access a wider knowledge base. He is the deep font of knowledge :)

Not that fond of Springfield rings...I had them on my 6-power Springfield scope and didn't like 'em. My wife's 700 PSS in .300 WinMag has the 6-20 Springfield scope on it, but I set that rifle up with Leupold rings and bases.


Alex

Gewehr98
December 27, 2002, 07:34 PM
Find either a Brookfield Precision or ARMS M14/M21 mount foundation. Lots more stable, more contact points with the M14/M1A receiver. Smith, Badger, Leupold, GG&G, all make solid 30mm rings.

Here's my M14NM with ARMS mount, Leupold rings, Weaver V-16 scope:

http://www.mauser98.com/m14nm.jpg

Wakal
December 27, 2002, 11:14 PM
I saw one of those ARMS mounts at a gun show a few months ago...it sure looked better than the Springfield rig. With your advice, I think I'll track one down.



A

AK103K
December 28, 2002, 08:17 AM
A.R.M.S. definitly, and it also meets your criteria for word size. :)

Powderman
December 28, 2002, 01:02 PM
Wakal, what problems have you had with the SA rings? I have some 30 mm rings myself, and have no complaints.

Wakal
December 28, 2002, 08:00 PM
Maybe it was just the 1" rings...the halves were not machined square, and it took forever to lap them even. Granted, they were rather inexpensive, but I had figured "square" would wouldn't have been optional.



Alex

Powderman
December 28, 2002, 08:50 PM
Have you seen the scope ring reaming tool from Brownell's? Neat little tool--a double ended reamer, with a recess in the middle for a wrench.

Use is simple--install the rings, and put the reamer on in place of the scope. Oil well, then turn the reamer until it turns freely without binding. Lap afterward.

Skullboy
December 29, 2002, 02:15 PM
Go with the Badger Ordnance rings.They are extremely well made.They are machined in pairs and serial numbered.They don't need to be lapped.I use a set of their Max-50 rings, and after buying these, I will stick with Badger.
HTH.

SKBY.

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