Ringmount Height?

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  1. Jaywalker

    Jaywalker Member

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    I'll be mounting a scope - Leupold VXIII 2.5X-8X with 36mm objective.


    1. Which height in original Sako ringmounts?

    2. Which height in current Leupold ringmounts?

    3. Is there a reason, other than lack of windage controls, to avoid Leupold ringmounts?

    Thanks.
     

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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    #1- Medium
    #2- Medium
    #3- No
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    Agree with medium height, but I wouldn't take a set of Leupold Sako rings as a gift (that is a bilingual pun - the word gift means poison in German). The lack of windage adjustment means you've got to slide the front ring back and forth on the dovetail to get it centered - which can cause problems with eye relief. I'd even rather have a Redfield turn-in mount (which I loathe) than screw around with the Leupold. Spend the money and get real Sako rings.
     
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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    I have mounted scopes on Sakos, mine & for others, on almost 100 rifles using Leupold ringmounts & not once did I have any difficult with "windage" or eye relief. Some are obsessed with "centering" the scope with their mounts, but it is hardly necessary. All the scopes I know of have a "windage" turret designed for the expressed purpose of correcting any slight alignment variances that ALL scope mounting systems display. Leupolds are the most streamlined, compact, & lightest scope mounts you can put on a Sako & I have yet to have them break or fail in anyway. Just my two cents.
     
  6. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    I concur that the Leupold Ringmounts are excellent and trouble-free mounts for Sako Dovetails. They provide some flexibility in fore-aft placement, and like Paulson, I've never had any difficulty with them failing to be well-centered for windage.

    The Sako Dovetail mounting system is misunderstood by many, but is one of the best for strong, dependable scope mounting. Its taper ensures that with every shot the recoil of the rifle acts to tighten the mount's grip on the action.

    I have in current use quite few of each of the original Sako ringmounts, Leupold Ringmounts, Redfield/Burris mounts, and Millett Angle Loc mounts (which were at one time marketed by Sako as factory mounts) and I've found all of them more than satisfactory. Some have advantages over the others in terms of flexibility or height, and as Paulson says, the Leupolds have the advantage of being the lightest and cleanest.

    About the only mounts I don't care to use are the Sako two-piece Optilocks, but that's because they are too high for most scopes I use and are needlessly heavy -- they are amply strong and dependable. And of course there are the homely Weavers, which are actually quite serviceable other than their unattractive appearance.

    It is said that the Warne aluminum vertically split rings would wedge apart under heavy recoil. I can't say as I never tried any. But the similar steel Warne ringmounts are fine if you like vertically-split rings.
     
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    I spent significant time reviewing http://www.sakocollectors.com/forum/threads/sako-scope-mounts-pictorial.9888/ before posting this question, and I did come very close to buying some Sako mounts at Sako Sources, but in the end the simplicity of the Leupolds, along with decades of experience with Leupold products leaned me that direction. I've ordered the Leupold mounts and am looking forward to mounting my scope with them.

    Thanks for the input.
     
  8. RC20

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    The Leopold mount tool indicate high mounts for a Sako L61R for a Dovetail for my 1 inch scope and a 40 mm objective.

    Will medium work?

    Ok, it was said they would so I went with it. Yes they worked. Objective on the scope is technicality 40 mm, but with the Parallax adjustment on the front like this one is 55 mm (newer scopes are putting it on the side)

    Scope is out of production so irrelevant as to mfg, but gives a boost to the medium]

    I would not want much less clearance on it.

    With it on the side of the scope you can get an idea if a low ring would fit.
     
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  9. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Yes, "medium" Leupold ringmounts clear a 40 mm objective just fine. They might be close if it is an adjustable objective with a fat collar, however.

    Likewise, some (unnecessary and undesirable) "lens protectors" might not fit between the objective and the barrel. But to get the proper eye alignment you need the scope as low as possible, so definitely use the "medium" ringmounts and put the lens covers in the round file where they belong.
     
  10. RC20

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    Thank you:

    They did work with adequate clearance, not so close as to be concern, not a lot of excess space.

    The collar on the scope was 55 mm and cleared ok.

    Newer scope with the side parallax adjustment would be fine.

    Lows might even work, but the scope height is good to the eye as is so I would only experiment if you could take them back.

    Leopold package fell apart as I was opening it, not the usually struggle where you need a blade or scissors to cut.

    I was lucky to find the 4th screw!
     
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    I have had enough time shooting the 30-06 that for target I would likely go with Medium Rings.

    Hunting wise for standing the low ones are right.
     

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