Another ring/base question


May 5, 2013, 07:36 PM
I have a Rem 700 series rifle coming in this week, but haven't bought a mount set up for the glass yet. This is my first bolt rifle. I looked through older posts, but honestly, now I'm just more confused than when I started.

It seems like a two piece set up is preferred over a one piece or putting the rings directly on the barrel (although I'm not sure why).

The number of choices and price points is a little too much for me. What makes bases or rings "good" instead of "bad"? I'm no champion shooter, but this is a target rifle and I'd rather work on my shooting without wondering if my scope is mounted with quality equipment. It's a 7mm RM, so it needs to be able to put up with the recoil.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

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May 5, 2013, 07:40 PM
Do you have a need for an angled base? In other words, how far do you plan on shooting?

If I were you, I'd buy some Leupold bases and rings and call it good.

With a two piece setup you need to ensure they're in alignment or you can tweak the scope, and not in a good way. One piece bases are good, but they add weight (negligible with aluminum) and can get in the way when loading/unloading. I don't know what you mean by putting them on the barrel, your gun should already be drilled/tapped on the receiver for bases, and if it's not, it's a cheap fix from your local gunsmith.

If you do a one piece base, the picatinny base and matching rings are nice, but that's more expensive route.

It's really up to you and what you need and what you want it to look like.

Good versus bad is subjective to a point. Good: Leupold, Warne, Talley. Excellent: Badger, NF, Larue, etc. They'll all do the same thing though. ;)

May 5, 2013, 07:44 PM
I'd like to be able to shoot to at least 600 yards with the equipment I buy now. My club has a 1000 yard range, but I'm a ways off from being that good, and there could potentially be an upgrade between now and then.

May 5, 2013, 07:49 PM
Then forget a 20 degree base!
It will cause more problems then cures until you get to 1,000 yards.

Put Talley one-piece rings on without bases.

Or put any good name brand bases and rings on it.

I concur with two bases instead of a one-piece as they leave the top of the receiver open for easier loading.


May 5, 2013, 07:54 PM
Yup, I like the ones RC referenced, but what optic are you going to use? These days, most people use 30mm versus the 1" main tube. Before you ask, no, they don't transmit more light, they have more room for adjustments, which will allow you to have a 100 yard zero and still dial out to your target distances.

May 5, 2013, 08:03 PM
Why would you want a 100 yard zero on a 7mm Mag?

Minimum sight in distance Point Blank Range for that should be 250+ yards.


May 5, 2013, 08:13 PM
I've got a 100 yard zero (with a 40 MOA base) on my 338 LM and can dial to 1 mile with it before I have to hold over. Why not? Sure makes load development easy at 100 before I crank it up for LR.

May 5, 2013, 08:22 PM
I was thinking about this ( Millet LRS-1

It needs 35mm rings though. I have the TRS-1 on another rifle and thought it was great for the money. Compared it to a few other scopes and still liked the Millet the best.

May 5, 2013, 09:11 PM
I've personally never looked through a Millett, so no advice from me on that one.

If you put that optic on it, I'd buy a one piece picatinny base as the optic comes with their picatinny rings ($48,

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