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scope mounting wow im mad

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by chevyforlife21, Sep 5, 2009.

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  1. chevyforlife21

    chevyforlife21 Member

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    i just spent the last hour and a half putting on a bushnell sportsman 3-9 scope on my ruger 77/22 very carefully and precise i might add. when i open the bolt it hits the scope power adjuster (notice how big the bushnell adj.power rings are). ive tried sliding the scope backward and forward it still wont work in some points i cant even open the bolt handle others can but i have to use a little force. should i file the plastic down so i can use it? or should i bring it back to gander mtn wich i just payed 50 bucks plus tax for. my 2 other options are a tasco pronghorn for 50 bucks also, or another bushnell .22 scope for 40 bucks but that may have the same problem. i must add i realy want this scope on here cuse it matches my stainless finish and i like bushnells. does gander mtn except returns on optics that were opened and mounted but not used?
     
  2. 351 WINCHESTER

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    Higher rings?
     
  3. cyclopsshooter

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    would higher rings help?
     
  4. chevyforlife21

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    it uses factory ruger rings that are only 1 size
     
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    do you mean 1"? if so, that means the diameter of the scope tube, ring heights are indicated by low, medium, high

    go to your local gun store, they will have tons of options
     
  6. chevyforlife21

    chevyforlife21 Member

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    no ruger only has one size fits all.
     
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    so get weaver or leupold rings
     
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    return it and grab a different one. I would not file a brand new scope.
     
  9. chevyforlife21

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    rugers have integrated bases and special rings
     
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    Yes ruger rifles need ruger rings BUT you can get taller rings made by ruger just for projects like yours. I think your rifle came with a medium and a high, try to find a high/extra high combo you should be good to go. IIRC ruger uses tow dif hights of rings ie the front and rear ring aint the same. some one on here will know for sure.
     
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    I have a Ruger 77/17 (which I understand is similar to the 77/22) and I noticed the lack of clearance for a scope. I'm using a Leupold VX-II (6-18X) and the bolt handle barely clears the occular bell.

    Here's a link to Brownell's -

    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=24396/Product/FACTORY_SCOPE_RINGS

    While most Ruger model 77's use different height rings, the 77/22 and 77/17 don't. They use identical height rings like those for the Ruger #1.

    You may be able to get a pair of rings that will solve your problem. If ordering from Brownell's, note that you have to order two rings, as they are sold separately.
     
  13. chevyforlife21

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    oh ok, and my rings are the same height im prett ysure of it the scope looked totaly level on the gun unless thats my problem i thought they were the same
     
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    Ruger offers rings in for the 77-22 in low, medium, high, and extra high. They also offer them for 30mm scopes. Check out www.ruger.com
     
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    it says right on brownells that for a 77/22 the rings are the same height. the mk77 though is totaly different and has 2 differnt sizes like dmazur said.
     
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    The only thing more infuriating than a scope/ring/rifle mismatch is store staff whose only solution is to start over from scratch because they have no idea what products they carry or what you need. They will try to get you into a different scope, base, and rings when all you need is a set of spacers or higher rings.
     
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    id hate to drop 80 plus bucks on new rings i only paid 50 for the scope and thats the most ive ever spent on a scope. spacers might do me good though first im gonna try and get a tasco pronghorn or bushnell .22 scope cuse my bushnell sportsman is pretty bulky so maybe thats the only problem.
     
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    Check with Ruger first. Ruger rings are all the same except for the finish. They come in several sizes. Some rifles and handguns use the same size front and rear like the 77-22. The centerfire rifles use the same rings, you just use a taller ring on the rear than front to compensate for the receiver being taller in front. Ruger ships most rifles with medium rings, but will exchange the rings that come with the rifle for the size you need free. Or they used to at least.
     
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    Chevyforlife;

    I have a scoped Ruger 77/22. The objective bell of the 4-12 X scope is rather large. I was able to go to a decent sized sporting goods store out in the middle of Montana & buy a set of Ruger rings high enough to properly mount the scope. It's not a big deal, honest, you should be able to do the same. If nothing else, your store should certainly be able to order what you need.

    900F
     
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    I've heard that ruger will exchange rings free of charge if the set shipped with the rifle won't work with your optic.

    I actually feel kinda sorry for you.
     
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    Yes Ruger will trade out rings with you but IIRC they have to be in the unopened package.

    After going through the same phase when I started shooting I finally learned my lesson about cheap scopes. I won't even look at a $50 scope. Scopes for 22s start at a hundred bucks and go up from there.

    When I think about all the ammo I wasted trying to keep one sighted in and all the hours spent sitting in a deer stand wondering if my cheap scope was still on target I found out a cheap scope is the most expensive you can get. Good luck.
     
  22. Vern Humphrey

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    I have a Burris Mini 3X9 on my Ruger M77/22M. That scope is made for smaller rifles (and specifically .22s) and it's a beautiful match. The rifle just looks right, not over-balanced with the scope in place and shoots 1" groups at 100 yards with ammo it likes.
     
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    WOW! A man asks about a scope MOUNTING problem and it only takes 22 replys before the snobbery starts. Bushnell makes great scopes for rim fires that are inexpensive,rugged,hold zero and are super clear. I have several on my .22s and .22mags. Why can't we just answer the man's question without comment on his choice of optics?
     
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    Because the choice of optics influences the ability to mount the scope, of course. There are some scopes you can never mount on some rifles. A slim 3X9 or a fixed power scope is ideal on a 77/22, doesn't over-balance the rifle, and gives all the scope you need.
     
  25. jimmyraythomason

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    In this case all that is needed is a higher set of rings. I have had the same problem and so have most people here. The fact that he only paid $50 for the scope is completely irrelevant.
     
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