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Scope mount, dovetail or weaver?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by HankC, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. HankC

    HankC Active Member

    May 8, 2005
    SW Ohio
    I always use weaver style scope mounts on my rifles and I think it is more convinent to put the scope on and off and keep the zero pretty well. Another reason is I can move scope from one rifle to another rifle as long as I track the adjustment. However, I always wonder why Leupold stays with dovetail scope mount system so is Burris and another major manufacturer that I can not remember the name. What is the advantage of the dovetail system? More side adjustment? How much side adjustment allowed in this system? If too much offset to the side would put excessive stress on the scope? Is the dovetail standard among manufacturers that I can use dovetail scope rings from one manufacturer to mount on another manufacturer's scope base/mount?
  2. Centaur 1

    Centaur 1 New Member

    Jul 3, 2010
    Florida's Space Coast
    I personally think that the weaver is better, but I like a picatinny rail even better. It has the same dimensions as the weaver and the extra slots give you more options for ring placement.
  3. hometheaterman

    hometheaterman Participating Member

    Feb 28, 2009
    Yes, I have a dovetail mount on a rifle, just because the mounts and rings were on there when I bought it. However, I strongly prefer the Weaver style. Not enough to change this one for no reason, but I don't think I'd buy another dovetail mount.
  4. SSN Vet

    SSN Vet Mentor

    Jan 3, 2006
    The Dark Side of the Moon
    No expert here, but I thought when the rings attached to the base with a dovetail it was called a standard mount.....

    I've put on two one piece std. mounts and both have been really, really, rock solid.

    I especially like the one piece std. mount with ejection port clearance on a bolt action.

    It's definatley a more permanent installation, but if you know that glass is going to stay put for a long time, I sea nothing wrong with std. mounts.

    I helped my buddy sight in his new Rem 700 and the shop put a one piece Weaver on, that I though obscured the ejection port way to much. And though it worked, I didn't like it.

    I guess I'm just a 'standard' type of guy.

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