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Old 08-05-2012, 19:08   #1
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Range problem with Ruger's scope ring/mount

Hi,

I put a Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 scope on my mini 14 using the 2 factor mounts and rings in to the 2 groves on the top of the rifle.

After ~50 rounds, the front scope mount came loose. The Rear mount was solid. The mounts are half inch high which gives very little clearance for the front end of the scope to the barrel....almost touching.

I think the vibration of each round is causing the screw/mount to come loose. Is this the problem? Are there higher mounts from Ruger or after market?

I don't want to spend too much for a stable mount and rings platform, but if I have too.... The rifle is used primarily at the range.

Thanks so much for thoughts, guidance, and recommendation.

Ron
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Originally Posted by ttron View Post
Hi,

I put a Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 scope on my mini 14 using the 2 factor mounts and rings in to the 2 groves on the top of the rifle.

After ~50 rounds, the front scope mount came loose. The Rear mount was solid. The mounts are half inch high which gives very little clearance for the front end of the scope to the barrel....almost touching.

I think the vibration of each round is causing the screw/mount to come loose. Is this the problem? Are there higher mounts from Ruger or after market?

I don't want to spend too much for a stable mount and rings platform, but if I have too.... The rifle is used primarily at the range.

Thanks so much for thoughts, guidance, and recommendation.

Ron

This happened to me as well. I added some blue locktite and now its good so far. 200 rounds after. Try it
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I had the same problem when I used the stock Ruger rings and thought about using lock tite but decided against it. And because I had to remove the scope to clean the gun I took the recommendations from guys on here and went with Warne Rings. Check em out!

Maxima Quick Detach Rings
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Those look pretty good too.
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Any recommendations on Ruger rings/mounts that are a little higher? Thx
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Hi ttron;

Blue loctite is pretty much SOP for scope mounting with the mini 14 over here. FWIW, I have fired off several thousand rounds through my 'main' mini, and haven't had a ring come loose, once I started loctiting the assembly. I also recommend a buffer assembly, but if you are going to use a buffertech, you will need to do considerable sanding to thin it out enough for reliable functioning.

On the topic of other rings for the mini 14, I do have some Leupold high rings for Ruger mounts on order (considering trying out a Simmons Whitetail Classic 6.5-20x56 on the beast). Once they're in and I get some trigger time, I will post my results, if you are interested.

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I sanded my buffer tech with 220 grit. It didn't take too long just kept sanding a bit at a time and checking to see if the bolt would stay locked back with empty mag in.
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Originally Posted by Drache Teufel View Post
I sanded my buffer tech with 220 grit. It didn't take too long just kept sanding a bit at a time and checking to see if the bolt would stay locked back with empty mag in.
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Originally Posted by ttron View Post
Any recommendations on Ruger rings/mounts that are a little higher? Thx
Maybe this will help if you haven't been there already.

http://shopruger.com/searchscopering.asp
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Warne Maxima Rings are the cat's hind-end. They're a bit pricey compared to the Ruger parts, but they're better quality, IMO. Not to mention their Quick Detach rings come with a guarantee that they won't affect zero after being removed/reinstalled.

Also, FWIW, blue LocTite requires no heat to remove. I've got the stuff on my scope rings, gas block screws, and Accu-Strut screws. No movement whatsoever, and no hassle removing the screws with just an Allen wrench if/when it's time.
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Originally Posted by ttron View Post
Any recommendations on Ruger rings/mounts that are a little higher? Thx
Look on your mount base and see what number is stamped there.

My S/S ranch rifle came with #5 mounts which Ruger calls "High". They are supposed to be good for 40mm objective.

I would like to trade someone for #4 mounts "Medium" which are good for 32mm scopes.
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Thanks everyone for you guidance.
I purshased Ruger X-high rings. And plan to use blue Loctite.
Lock and load....
Ron
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Originally Posted by ttron View Post
Thanks everyone for you guidance.
I purshased Ruger X-high rings. And plan to use blue Loctite.
Lock and load....
Ron
I am sure it will work great. Give us a report!
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Installed the new rings WITH Loctite. All is good. No lose screws and was on target! Another great day at the range. Thanks for the help!
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