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#6122191 - 01/06/16 01:53 PM Swapping scopes from one rifle to another worked again.
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I've said for quite a while it is quite possible to function with more rifles than scopes. I am down to 2 scopes for 5 rifles that get shot throughout the year. Every rifle has a 20 MOA pic rail, save the .308 AR, it is wearing a 22 MOA pic rail riser on top of the flattop upper.

Last week I moved the SS 5-20 from the 7mm-08 to the gas gun for load development. To get the scope zeroed to the gas gun I took notes, "down 2.2 Mil and left .3 Mil. During load development I dialed out to 300, then dialed every hundred to 800 on Monday. Yesterday I needed the 7mm-08 put back in service, I unbolted from the gas gun, and moved the scope to the bolt action. I referenced notes, dialed the corrections and made a shot at 100 yard paper. It landed .1 Mil high banana

Dial down .1, loosen the turret screws, zeroed the turrets, tightened the screws, fired one more round and was good to go. So I moved a scope from rifle A to rifle B, used the scope, moved the scope from rifle B to rifle A again and was technically zeroed in one shot!
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#6122203 - 01/06/16 01:57 PM Re: Swapping scopes from one rifle to another worked again. [Re: FiremanJG]
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technically zeroed after one shot, the second time...the first time you zeroed the scope on those rifles it wasn't a one shot zero I assume.

Also, do you have a method of tightening the scope on the rails to ensure exact same tightening and position, and do you have the rails marked where you placed the scope? I would imagine these things matter to accuracy of the scope/rifle combo, or maybe I am wrong? QD mount?

It is good to know what you did is possible, with the correct notes though. Makes more sense switching scopes onto rifles than buying more of the same scope.


Edited by Texas buckeye (01/06/16 01:58 PM)

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#6122234 - 01/06/16 02:09 PM Re: Swapping scopes from one rifle to another worked again. [Re: Texas buckeye]
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Correct, I zeroed in one shot when moving back to the original rifle. It took two shots to zero to the new rifle.

This scope is sitting in very high quality Badger Ordinance rings, that is a major part of the ability to move scopes around. I like my rings as far apart as possible after eye relief is set. In this case, the rear ring is in rear most notch on both pic rails. That is what I try to do, every time, if possible. Because, yes, especially on a 20 MOA rail it matters which notch the rings go into every time.
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#6124253 - 01/07/16 02:24 PM Re: Swapping scopes from one rifle to another worked again. [Re: FiremanJG]
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what scope

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#6124302 - 01/07/16 02:48 PM Re: Swapping scopes from one rifle to another worked again. [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: J McCoy
what scope


SWFA SS 5-20 is the one he mentioned in the OP. Not sure if they are both the same as he mentioned 2 scopes and 5 rifles
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#6124486 - 01/07/16 04:47 PM Re: Swapping scopes from one rifle to another worked again. [Re: FiremanJG]
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Are you using qd rings ?
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#6124641 - 01/07/16 06:42 PM Re: Swapping scopes from one rifle to another worked again. [Re: watchale]
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Originally Posted By: watchale
Are you using qd rings ?


Good question. Also what brand and do you torque your rings to the same inch pounds each time?

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#6124681 - 01/07/16 07:07 PM Re: Swapping scopes from one rifle to another worked again. [Re: FiremanJG]
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From a previous post, I think FiremanJG uses Badger Ordnance and Talley Tactical rings with EGW Picatinny rails. All quality rings and mounts.

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#6125470 - 01/08/16 09:35 AM Re: Swapping scopes from one rifle to another worked again. [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
Originally Posted By: J McCoy
what scope


SWFA SS 5-20 is the one he mentioned in the OP. Not sure if they are both the same as he mentioned 2 scopes and 5 rifles


Correct. Plus that happens to be his favorite scope. He is also a HUGE FAN of Talley Tactical rings. They are great rings with two recoil lugs that mate perfectly to picatinny rails.

I doubt he was using QR rings.
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#6125474 - 01/08/16 09:36 AM Re: Swapping scopes from one rifle to another worked again. [Re: FiremanJG]
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I'm still waiting on another rangefinding contest. I really enjoyed that thread.
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#6125580 - 01/08/16 10:49 AM Re: Swapping scopes from one rifle to another worked again. [Re: watchale]
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Badger Ordinance rings, no QD mount. Just need a 1/2" socket. Put the scope in the same slot every time, torque it down the same if I have a torque wrench with me. If I Don't I use a 1/4" drive ratchet and tighten to where the nut stops. Badger rings are tough as an anvil. I've got two sets of them, a 30mm set and a 34mm set. The 30mm has the SS 5-20 in them and the 34mm has the Bushy Elite ERS in them.

The Talley Tactical rings are also very strong a d they are aluminum as opposed to steel Badgers. The recoil lugs in the Talley's make for even more stability. Those rings are currently awaiting a new scope. So I will have three scopes and five rifles with no plans to add any more scopes. There is no need to with this system. And I can only shoot one rifle at a time anyway.
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#6125763 - 01/08/16 12:40 PM Re: Swapping scopes from one rifle to another worked again. [Re: FiremanJG]
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Between the two scopes, which one do you like better?

Edit- I think Skylar answered that a few post's up.


Edited by J McCoy (01/08/16 12:41 PM)

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#6125777 - 01/08/16 12:48 PM Re: Swapping scopes from one rifle to another worked again. [Re: J McCoy]
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I like 3.5-21 better than 5-20.
I like scaled down Horus better for making pure Golds, but that's usually only during a match.
I like locking turrets better.

But the SS has been so reliable and has very good glass it will always be more valuable to me than it will ever be on the market. I'lol always have a job for it. I'm using it today and tomorrow during a doe hunt. Just neck shot two does with it on the 7mm-08 a minute apart.
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#6127794 - 01/09/16 08:00 PM Re: Swapping scopes from one rifle to another worked again. [Re: FiremanJG]
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#6129057 - 01/10/16 04:10 PM Re: Swapping scopes from one rifle to another worked again. [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Go look in the Photos section, Buzz.
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