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high rings vs. low rings?

hey im trying to find out if there is any difference in accuracy and performance with high mounts scope rings or low rings, i realize that some scopes require high rings, but if my scope allows both is there any performance difference? thanks for you time and help!

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Re: high rings vs. low rings?

Well in the first place the amount of bolt lift will dictate wheather you can use low rings or high. next question what kind of country are you hunting in. In very thick brush country you might need a high see through mount . in more open country you would prob be better off with a variable power scope on low mount. I personally use a 3x9 in ne kansas .

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Re: high rings vs. low rings?

All other things equal, low rings will always be more accurate through various ranges than high rings. The line of sight is closer to the barrel with low rings and will give you more accuracy especially on longer shots.

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Re: high rings vs. low rings?
ChesterGolf wrote:
All other things equal, low rings will always be more accurate through various ranges than high rings. The line of sight is closer to the barrel with low rings and will give you more accuracy especially on longer shots.

That says it all. Thumbs up

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you want to use the lowest

you want to use the lowest ring you can with out any clearance issues.

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Always mount a scope as low

Always mount a scope as low as possible. Atleast that's what the Gramps taught me.

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Here's another vote for low

Here's another vote for low mounts. You loose the cheek weld between cheek and stock with high mounts, shooting errors are larger if/when the rifle is slightly canted when fired and the balance of the rifle is altered. Shoot thru mounts are a fad that just won't die. I think the folks still using them simply don't want to fork out another 20 to 50 bucks for new mounts, go through the hassle of resighting in (I kinda enjoy that part myself) and/or won't admit the see thru's were a mistake.

If you must have a variable, choose one with a 2 or 3X low end. Unless your target shooting long range or perhaps varment hunting those 12 & up power scopes are just a waste of $$$.

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