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#5673916 - 03/28/15 07:35 PM Need a set of rings
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Got a $100 budget. Don't want to skimp on rings, but don't want to spend more than $100 either. What is your favorite at that price point? 30mm rings. I'm not opposed to 1 piece mounts but everything I've looked at have been individual rings so far.
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#5673940 - 03/28/15 07:58 PM Re: Need a set of rings [Re: Tff caribou]
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Seekins

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#5673984 - 03/28/15 08:42 PM Re: Need a set of rings [Re: Tff caribou]
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Cheapest seekins I can find are around $130.
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#5674075 - 03/28/15 09:39 PM Re: Need a set of rings [Re: Tff caribou]
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The answer is always seekins. Give Scott at liberty optics a call. He may be able to help you out.

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#5674079 - 03/28/15 09:42 PM Re: Need a set of rings [Re: 6.5x47Lapua]
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Originally Posted By: 6.5x47Lapua
The answer is always seekins. Give Scott at liberty optics a call. He may be able to help you out.


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#5674091 - 03/28/15 09:50 PM Re: Need a set of rings [Re: Tff caribou]
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Normal price for the seekins 4 screw medium rings is 119.00 . Even if you pay full price, 119 is a bargain for the quality of rings you will receive. You won't miss that twenty dollar bill over the life of those rings.

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#5674518 - 03/29/15 10:57 AM Re: Need a set of rings [Re: Tff caribou]
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$35 for the SWFA rings plus $25 for a gunsmith to lap them is all I was willing to spend.

I'm sorry, but when is enough enough? $100 isn't enough for rings. $1000 isn't enough for a scope. $500 isn't enough for a rifle. Match factory ammo is inadequate.

For a starter setup, I would assume that Burris XTR or Signature Zee rings would be more than adequate at half the price of Seekins. But if you really want some higher end rings, Skylar at SWFA recommended the $75 TPS rings.

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#5674561 - 03/29/15 11:37 AM Re: Need a set of rings [Re: Tff caribou]
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I like Warne Maxima rings at $54. They make make a line for integral base rifles like Ruger and a line for Weaver type bases. They also make a Weaver type base.


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#5674577 - 03/29/15 11:49 AM Re: Need a set of rings [Re: patriot07]
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Originally Posted By: patriot07
$35 for the SWFA rings plus $25 for a gunsmith to lap them is all I was willing to spend.

I'm sorry, but when is enough enough? $100 isn't enough for rings. $1000 isn't enough for a scope. $500 isn't enough for a rifle. Match factory ammo is inadequate.


Chinese pot metal isn't my cup of tea.

I also want a low profile ring, hence the suggestion of seekins. The large cross bolt and nut that are used by TPS, Badger, Mk4, Burris, etc, etc are a no go for me.

When carrying a bolt rifle slung, logic says you want to carry the rifle with the bolt facing outwards. Using badger style rings, you end up with the cross bolts rubbing on you from the other side of the rifle. Unless, of course, you set up the rings to where the bolt handle and ring nuts are on the same side. That doesn't work either because those nuts have the chance of catching spent brass upon ejection.

Rings are a fixed cost item. Buy quality once and you won't have to worry throughout the life of the firearm. That few extra dollars spent up front will be more than absorbed in ammo, travel, range fees, tags, etc, etc.

This all assumes the rifle will actually be used. If the rifle is some sort of safe queen,, then just about any ring will work.

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#5674788 - 03/29/15 03:19 PM Re: Need a set of rings [Re: 6.5x47Lapua]
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Originally Posted By: 6.5x47Lapua
Originally Posted By: patriot07
$35 for the SWFA rings plus $25 for a gunsmith to lap them is all I was willing to spend.

I'm sorry, but when is enough enough? $100 isn't enough for rings. $1000 isn't enough for a scope. $500 isn't enough for a rifle. Match factory ammo is inadequate.


Chinese pot metal isn't my cup of tea.

I also want a low profile ring, hence the suggestion of seekins. The large cross bolt and nut that are used by TPS, Badger, Mk4, Burris, etc, etc are a no go for me.

When carrying a bolt rifle slung, logic says you want to carry the rifle with the bolt facing outwards. Using badger style rings, you end up with the cross bolts rubbing on you from the other side of the rifle. Unless, of course, you set up the rings to where the bolt handle and ring nuts are on the same side. That doesn't work either because those nuts have the chance of catching spent brass upon ejection.

Rings are a fixed cost item. Buy quality once and you won't have to worry throughout the life of the firearm. That few extra dollars spent up front will be more than absorbed in ammo, travel, range fees, tags, etc, etc.

This all assumes the rifle will actually be used. If the rifle is some sort of safe queen,, then just about any ring will work.

Normally I'm with patriot on this type of thing. I built this rifle on a budget. But for the "cheaper" items (trigger, rail, rings) I don't see too much reason to skimp. I could have kept the factory trigger that functioned perfectly, but I put a Timney in. The price difference between a budget set of rings and a premium set of rings isn't that large of a gap. The scope I'm running I gave $200 for ($370 retail) it has all the features I need to learn to shoot long range. The price gap between my scope and a premium scope was too large for me to overcome right now while I decide if I like long range shooting (couldn't afford a $2000 night force or S&B) but I can afford a $120 set of rings. That was probably as clear as mud, but my point is, I want to buy premium parts where budget allows. And buy "value" items when it doesn't allow.

So I'll probably end up going with the seekins, unless I get other recommendations or a great set shows up in the classifieds today.
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#5674885 - 03/29/15 05:12 PM Re: Need a set of rings [Re: Tff caribou]
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Yup. Rails, rings, and triggers are all buy once cry once fixed cost items.

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#5674907 - 03/29/15 05:27 PM Re: Need a set of rings [Re: 6.5x47Lapua]
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Originally Posted By: 6.5x47Lapua

Unless, of course, you set up the rings to where the bolt handle and ring nuts are on the same side. That doesn't work either because those nuts have the chance of catching spent brass upon ejection..


Please tell me what bolt action will eject that much vertical. Several thousand rounds I've ejected and that has not happened one single time.
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#5674924 - 03/29/15 05:42 PM Re: Need a set of rings [Re: Tff caribou]
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I wouldn't know, I try to use seekins and other lower profile rings as much as possible. I sure haven't seen many people set up there cross bolt on the ejection port side.

On a similar note, I have had a bunch of brass bounce off abnormally large parallax/illumination knobs. They would hit the knob, and bounce right back into the ejection port. It was one of my main reasons for buying the Razor way back then. The razor has a tiny parallax knob, and my reliability problems disappeared.

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#5675031 - 03/29/15 06:54 PM Re: Need a set of rings [Re: 6.5x47Lapua]
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So you shoot left handed bolt actions?
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#5675045 - 03/29/15 07:04 PM Re: Need a set of rings [Re: Tff caribou]
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A couple of views of nice low profile seekins rings.

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