I’m exploring options - always …
Photos below are the BEFORE condition - the iRay USA scope (Bravo) come standard with a small footprint ADM mount geared at MSRs. The InfIray RL42 comes with an OEM mount similar to the pulsar mount we’ve all been accustomed to using over the last few years.
Note: choosing a mount for the scope paints the user into a corner , meaning say I have both bolt actions and MSRs - well choosing a scope mount will put you in a predicament depending if you choose the one suited for bolt action or MSR.
However what I’m testing this go around is configuring the rifles differently to accept an MSR mount - which usually provides better mating and return to zero that the bolt action mounts and more mounting location options.
Here is my Ruger American Predator (comes stock with a picatinny top rail : with the Bravo and ADM mount
So with the above setup I was able to get zeroed and repeat zero return when taking the mount off and on multiple times, so it works and works well
1) the bolt handle clears the scope mount but also contacts it. It doesn’t seem to bind but as you aggressively rack the bolt to clear the spent and chamber a new - that CLACK is direct contact bolt handle (steel) to mount (aluminum) with the associated vibration through the unit.
2) the length of pull and eye relief is not right, with the bravo literally at the last rail slot I have to crane my head and neck forward and this takes me out of a firm shoulder pocket hold of the rifle . I need that scope to come back more but physically it can’t
3) the full length of the scope mount doesn’t purchase with the rifle rail, hard hits to weapon or optic COULD be more apt to effect zero , users should always strive for equal and firm pressure along the scope and rail mounts as the manufacturers intended.