I'm looking at getting a takedown 10/22 for kicks and grins. I really want to be able to run both a red dot and a scope depending on my mood. I know there are scopes out there (or more specifically, rings) that will allow me to attach/ detach at will and will return to zero. Are there any products out there that allow the same thing for red dots? Can I have a deatchable scope and red dot on the same rifle? What products would I need?
Forgive me if my question is a bit elementary, but I am not well versed in optics, rails, rings, etc.
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August 25, 2013, 06:38 PM
Yep. Just get a 3/8 to 5/8 (picatinny) adapter. Then use quick releases for either... Usually for the rings itll be two separate quick release levers. But itll work just fine.
August 26, 2013, 01:55 PM
The only QD rings I have experience with are the Leupold QRW rings. They worked as advertised... within a MOA or so of zero after removal and re-installation.
August 26, 2013, 08:21 PM
As long as you have a base with slots in it instead of the simple rail used on many 22's any Weaver, or Weaver style ring works just fine. Been using them for decades and they always return close enough to zero. You can spend the money for rails and QD mounts, but it only takes a few seconds with a screwdriver to change optics mounted in Weavers. I keep a leatherman or some other multi-tool near me all the time anyway.
September 10, 2013, 02:30 PM
Two things will go a long way to helping you return to zero after removing and reinstalling an optic.
1> Returning to the same address (location) on the mount - you will see some rails and forends on AR-style rifles that have numbered slots for this reason.
2> Tightening the optic down to the same torque value each time - an inch-pound torque screwdriver will allow you to be consistent, and to achieve the manufacturers specs... not too loose (bad) and not too tight (worse).
I bought a Wheeler Fat Wrench a couple of years ago, and I was surprised at how many things I had not tightened to spec on my own optics.