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Old 04-12-2017, 07:35 PM
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Can anyone recommend a solid set of 1" low steel rings? Preferably no more than say $120ish? I'm under the impression steel is better.

I have a Nikon Prostaff 5 mounted with Weaver 6 hole aluminum rings on a .308 with picatinny rail. Long story short they don't hold up well anymore. Looking to invest in a pair that'll hold everything tight. Don't think I can stomach spending $150-$200+ on rings unless they're indestructible or something but I'm open to any suggestions.

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Old 04-13-2017, 10:27 AM
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If you want to stick with the cross slot format, all I use anymore are the Leupold PRW or QRW steel rings. High quality at a fair price.
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What do mean by "They don't hold up"?
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I've gotten very good service from Warne vertical steel rings in both permanent and QD versions. They utilize 4 screws (torx), two top and two bottom and a separate machined cross bar for strength.

They are a tad more involved when mounting a scope, but extremely strong and secure in use.
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What do mean by "They don't hold up"?
They don't grip the scope well and it slips at the range. They were on a different scope for a while and they're pretty worn and feel cheap imo. The scope is fine and the caps are only torqued to 20in/lbs.
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Appreciate the feedback guys. I've seen Warnes and the PRW rings at Cabelas before I'm going to go look this weekend.
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They don't grip the scope well and it slips at the range. They were on a different scope for a while and they're pretty worn and feel cheap imo. The scope is fine and the caps are only torqued to 20in/lbs.
Reason I asked is I've gotten good service from Weaver rings. However I lap them before mounting the scope. Its surprising how far off most rings are. They are neither round or straight as the attached photo illustrates.
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I've gotten very good service from Warne vertical steel rings in both permanent and QD versions. They utilize 4 screws (torx), two top and two bottom and a separate machined cross bar for strength.

They are a tad more involved when mounting a scope, but extremely strong and secure in use.
I have the warne rings on several rifles. I really like them. Very strong.
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I only use Burris now, but Weaver is also good. The Burris Signature rings with the inserts have held up very well and allow you to pretty much zero the scope close to or at it's mechanical zero by manipulating the inserts.
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You have to try hard to find a bad set of rings! I've had more set's of ring's over the years and none of them failed me and I don't lap rings. On the low end I've had Tasco aluminum and they were really ugly, but, they worked. I've had Redfields and still have a couple set's, they are from the early 70's. I've had a lot of Weavers and they never failed me. Redfield and Weaver both looked good to boot. Had a set of Burris, no problem. Best looking set I don't remember who made them but my favorite's by far, and I'm only considering looks. Have two set's of Leupold adjustable rear that are just super. One a two piece mount and the other a one piece mount. Had the same with Redfields in the past, Never ever have I had a problem with rinds, not ever those terminal ugly Tasco aluminum one's. Think about it, all they do is hold a light weight scope up, that's it. I have though about lapping a set in the past but I doubt you'd take out enough material to really accomplish much. I have used a piece of black electrical tape in the rings and didn't seem to hurt or help a thing.

Oh and steel rings and bases sure look better than aluminum for a long time. That base you have I do like. My Mod 70 featherweight I got a 2-7x scope for and it was short enough I had to get an extension ring to mount it and not much movement either way. But they are on and every thing is fine with them so they will stay there.
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I've been using Buris Zee rings for about 35 years, never had them fail me in any manner what so ever. But I usually find that they need lapping or filling. I use low rings on with 40mm Objectives, gets the scope right down to the barrel, just barely shy of touching. They also make a higher end 4 screw ring, those are rock solid rings.

But if you want a no non sense ring Warne is hard to beat for the money, They don't usually need any prep, just mount and shoot most of the time, very solid rings. I've never used the QD's, but I know folks who use them and like them.

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