Offset Scope Mounts - Which Type is Best For You?
An offset scope mount is used more often for shooting sports than for hunting because of its superior mounting system. This mount allows the hunter to place the scope closer to the barrel, for faster target acquisition and less felt recoil. The offset design also offers an extra 2 inches of side extension, enabling greater comfort for long shooting positions and greater eye relief for more precise shots.
The offset scope mount is 5.5-inch in overall length. The base, however, is only 3.5-inch in length. There is generally no height limit on this mount. The top ring is set at an approximately two-inch distance from the surface of the bore, while the base sits comfortably within a three-inch distance from the face of the rifle. There is 2.5-inch of spacing between mounting rings.
A unique advantage of this unique design is the use of a patented tension spring that provides a firm, accurate, and secure hold on the individual rings. This tension allows the rings to hang evenly, resulting in a more stable and comfortable hold on the rifle. This is an important factor when selecting eye relief, which is a decisive element in the general comfort of a scope. When the individual rings are improperly adjusted, the eye relief can be significantly reduced, causing discomfort during a shooting session.
The slim profile series of this offset scope mount features individual rings with a one-piece assembly. Unlike the regular monstrum series, these rings have a much thinner face area. The result is a substantially sturdier design, which will improve stability and accuracy. The monstrum series usually features rings that are far too large, which can increase felt movement and reduce grip on a rifle.
For those hunters who may be interested in using scopes equipped with an iron sight, there is an interesting variation that offers a cross bow mounting option. A cross bow reticle is designed with an offset type of reticle, and utilizes a charging handle that is mounted far back in the bore. The result is that the rifle will not need to be loaded in the front or on the left side, but will instead be loaded behind the shooter.
This offers significant advantages when selecting scopes with an eye relief of six hundredths of an inch or less. In previous designs, scope rings were required to be loaded into the front of the rifle, requiring a significant amount of space in the shooter's hand. With this new design, there is no need to load the rifer behind the shooter's eye; therefore, this new feature can greatly reduce felt recoil and lead to a more accurate shooting position. It is also important to note that this particular feature will allow hunters with eye reliefs below six hundredths of an inch to utilize scopes with ease.
For hunters who prefer to shoot from a more ergonomic position, this type of mount may also prove to be beneficial. Because there is no need to load behind the shooter's eye, this eliminates any possibility for clumsy movement during shooting. Additionally, it ensures that the shooter will not have to shift his or her weight from the front of the gun to get a more ergonomic feel. While many designs of scope rings are made with a far back eddy at the base, some manufacturers have produced models that feature a flat bottom, which allows for an even mounting surface.
Some individuals may prefer a more standard design that does not feature any kind of lip, or eddy. These are typically referred to as "dormant" or "free standing" mounts. The benefit of these types of scopes lies in the fact that they do not require a specific amount of space in the shooter's hand. Instead, the individual rings are held in place by two points on the frame which are perpendicular to the bore. As a result, there is much less need to cock the gun in order to gain eye relief or to adjust the scope itself. This can prove to be very convenient for those hunters who enjoy taking large shots from a prone position.