Thanks for the words.
My Ken Farrell Sav. RTS.1.10
(Round Top Short, 1 piece, 10 MOA depression) arrived today. It's a BIG, MANLY... uhhh... I can't say that any more, can I... BIG, PERSONLY piece of matte black steel! It may need epoxy bedding to the reciever. It may NOT. I'm betting it will, and besides, epoxy-bedding is just a darned nice thing to know about, so it's off to the bookstores for me.
It looks like, once it's seated correctly, it'll ride right about .31" higher than the Weaver 2-piece mounts I have snugged on right now.
I put on the Weavers because they were availiable, and if not DEAD cheap, then BADLY-WOUNDED cheap. (Drat - I've used that joke, here, before.) They fit nicely, and my steel rule said they lined up like a charm. I used them to mount my Leupold QRW rings
to my two scopes: a Bushnell Banner 6-18x50
for field and an Optronics 6-24x42 illuminated mil-dot
I should PROBABLY say that I used them to RUIN my QRW rings!
I couldn't get the screws to line up through the caps to the base correctly once the scope tube was in place, it turns out. It just FELT that way. I'm going to have to knock everything apart again and see what I can salvage. I suspect... SUSPECT, mind you... that I'll be able to get one full set out of the deal that'll be clean enough (with a bit of work) to be usable.
A LOT of education for $45, I think.
If I need to buy all new rings, though, I'm going to try to trade the Bushnell 50mm bell scope in on a similar 42mm bell scope and buy medium height rings. I like a big bell (more light IN is more light OUT, right), but... SHEESH! WHO KNEW!!
I've got three Harris bipods
, one each of low, medium and high, each with its own HB6 stud for quick-change mounting to the 3/8" rail slot. I didn't go for swiveled bipods, though, because I figured to mostly be shooting from a table or bench with them. In the field, I'll go hasty with a treetrunk or some grass and leave the bipods in the case.
Next thing to do is to pull off the, "factory tupperware stock," which description I love for its vividness and accuracy, which STOCK I HATE for its TUPPERWARE..ey...ness, and torque the action into its new Choate Machine & Tool Ultimate Varminter stock
I got a partial shipment from Sears
last week with a 3/8" drive, 25-250 inch-pound torque wrench
that'll get the job done (Choate says to use 65 in.-Lbs. for the action bolts) after I find somewhere to verify the torque.
SO: Pull apart rings and salvage, restock, read up about epoxy-bedding scope mounts, and try again!
A couple of questions:
Has anyone used a, "Ching sling," for REAL shooting? I've been looking as slinging systems and it looks like it provides a good balance between the drag-yer-cannon-through-the-mud sling and the get-your-rifle-to-bahave-whilst-you-shoot-it sling. The Choate stock is already set up with side-swivels, and I think that, with a very little extra work, I could be Chinging right along.
I've been told to tighten the ring cap screws, "about as tight as I can get them." Well... I live in a FRAGILE world. "About as tight" for me is WAY past stripped out, so that is TOTALLy wrong. I've also been told to tighten the ring-mount screws the same way! Same deal!! Another source said 65 in.-Lbs. on the ring-mount screws, so there is, SOMEWHERE a torque spec on the cap screws too!
Understanding that: Does anyone have any experience with micrometer click torque SCREWDRIVERS? I'm kind of interested in putting one in my range kit for periodic checking of screws. Am I over-thinking this? Should I just put the thing together with Black Death LockTite and be done with it??
Thanks for the help, and more soon!!