Maybe someone could advise . . .

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  1. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Here's a photo lifted from a listing on one of the internet sales sites.

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    The seller says "I can't tell 100% if it has or has not had any optics mounted on it."

    Well, maybe that scar on the dovetail is a crop circle and not a set screw mark.:rolleyes:

     
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  2. ricksengines

    ricksengines Sako-addicted

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    It is a screw mark

    rick
     
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    Looks suspicious.
     
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    I like Stonecreek's crop circle theory. Just think of the added value for a one of a kind Sako!
     
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    It’s a red field crop circle
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    . . . or maybe a Weaver.
     
  7. kevinlg

    kevinlg Well-Known Member

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    Stone would be THE one to know about "them". :) :)

    Of course, we could also add Burris and...............Conetrol.....crop circles. :)
     
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    icebear Well-Known Member

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    Some day, somebody besides me will figure out how to make set screws out of BRASS. It's softer than steel and doesn't mar the checkered bridges.
     
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    Maybe they had only the mounts without optic? :D
     
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    Rather than leaving an empty hole......anymore I just file the set screw even, with the base bottom.
    In the old days I'd press a lead shot into the set screw hole......before screw tightening. BUT.......there is always the chance of tilting the rear of the base upwards, with screw pressure. Always check for base "level".....with respect to one another.
     
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    small pce brass shim under would help.
     
  12. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    The only thing needed with Redfield/Burris Sako bases is to "lay the wood to them" and forget the set screws (or use them as blunted fillers as kevin suggests). Take a piece of hardwood, place it against the rear of the base, and rap it very aggressively with a rubber mallet multiple times. The tapered dovetail will do the rest. The only way to remove them is to reverse the process with a block of wood and a mallet.

    (Note: I would not recommend this same method with the Weaver aluminum bases. In fact, I would not recommend the Weaver bases under any circumstance as when I obtain some I always send them directly to Kevin.)

    The very worst thing you can do with Redfield/Burris bases is to attempt to secure them with the set screw somewhere aft of their natural resting place. If done on a heavy recoiling rifle the set screws will plow a scar forward due to inertia as recoil from successive shots moves the gun rearward. This will result not just in "crop circles" but oblong "crop ovals".
     
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    I take a pellet from bird shot and set it under the screw.
     
  14. CHAUCER

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    Decades ago I started aligning the Redfield "set screws", putting a drop of epoxy on the threads, and filing off the bottom protrusion, and touching up with cold blue. The other thing I always do to position the front base with no overhang on the action opening, is open the dovetail cut so the base fits even with the front of the action. Brownell's 60 degree dovetail standard slot sight base file (#080-648-060WB) is a true parallel 3 square file with only one cutting edge. With the base upside down in your vise, make one identical cut on each side. (If you've never been taught how to properly use a file, ignore these instructions. You'll just ruin the base--and probably the file.) Fit the base finger tight on the dovetail. Continue to file and fit, until the base slides on to the point where it can't finally be tapped into place. Remember to use cold blue on the filed portion and then lightly lubricate the base before final seating.
     
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    ricksengines Sako-addicted

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    Why even bother. Use Leupold dovetail mounts and avoid the problem altogether.
     
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    The only Leupold option of which I am aware is their ringmounts--many of which I have used. But what if you want a front extension ring? Or some other ring option? The advantage of the Redfield bases is that you can used a wider variety of rings in order to properly position a scope. Fitting some scopes on the short Sako actions may not work with Sako's own ringmounts or Leupold's ringmounts.
     
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    The Redfield/Burris bases do offer the very widest options in rings to match your mounting needs -- except in the case that you want an extremely low mount for a straight-tubed scope. Rings can be had in all diameters (3/4" through 35mm), all heights, and offsets (extensions) which can be mounted either forward or backward.
     

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