Choosing Picatinny Scope Rings
A picatinny scope is a type of scope that attaches to the end of a gun. A scope ring is usually an accessory that most users will use to safely put riflescopes on top of their rifle. Scope rings typically fit around a riflescope and are often attached to a Picatinny or Weaver rail system. When on a rifle, it is usually possible to cock the gun without removing the scope ring. Many scopes also have rings that are compatible with laser types of scopes, and can be adjusted to increase clarity at certain distances. Other types of scopes, however, are not compatible with laser types, and must be manually adjusted to maintain correction to a certain distance.
There are many manufacturers that produce picatinny scope rings. Some high quality brands include Hogue and Smith & Wesson. These manufacturers have designed and built rifles that have outstanding qualities, including quietness, durability and accuracy. For these reasons, many owners of high quality rifles choose to use accessories from these manufacturers. Although there are other manufacturers that produce excellent scopes for firearms, these two brands are renowned for their designs and quality.
Some gun owners prefer to purchase rifle scope mounts instead of rings for their scopes. These are made by companies that specialize in custom gun scope mounts. These companies can make any type of scope, which includes oil-rubbed bronze, forged cases, military steel and heavy-duty polycarbonate. The best companies will be able to customize any type of scope mount. They can also make custom adjustments to existing manufacturer parts. Because of this, it is important to do some research before purchasing one of these mounts from a retailer.
Although picatinny scope rings are designed primarily to be used with long-range firearms, they can also be used with short-range rifles. A variety of manufacturers make rifle scope mounts that are compatible with different models of rifles. Some are made specifically for the manufacturer's brand of firearms. In addition, there are models available that are compatible with various calibers of ammunition. If you want your particular rifle to have a scope mount, it is a good idea to look for a manufacturer that can make all types.
Before buying a scope mount, it is a good idea to know the difference between the various styles of rings. There are two basic types: flat and horseshoe. Flat rings are usually made from stainless steel and have a circular cross section. The top portion is usually engraved and has a mounting ring on the bottom. Hoof style mounts are made from chrome-plated brass or aluminum and feature a rectangular cross section. Many of these rings include engravings or text in the mounting ring.
If you are looking for a scope mount that is more versatile, you may want to choose between the flat and the horseshoe type of ring. Most manufacturers can now mount a scope onto any type of rail; they just need to have the proper sized rail to accept the scope components. For example, both 30mm rings and rifle-mounted scope rails will fit onto the same type of rail.
The third aspect to consider is the centerline height of the rail. This refers to the distance between the top of the scope rail and the bore's centerline. This distance is expressed as a number and usually ranges between three and five hundredths of an inch. The closer it is to the rail's centerline, the more accurate the image will be.
With many rifle owners using high-powered lasers and even high powered airsoft guns, eye relief needs to be considered. Eye relief refers to how far the eye can be from the scope's objective without scaring the owner. The lower the eye relief, the better the image from the scope will be. Choosing a scope mount with a proper eye relief will ensure that the hunter never scaring his prey with the scope in his hands.