When you purchase a new scope and want to test it out on your rifle, you are excited to do so.
You draw your weapon, remove your existing sight, and become even more enthralled by the situation. Imagine how precise each shot will be after your new scope is in place.
When you try to connect the new scope, though, something goes awry. It’s not compatible with the mounting system on your weapon.
You’ll have to wait another week, but the whole mount will be sent to you.
It would be ideal if rifle scopes had a universal fit, but we don’t live in that environment. Instead, you’ll have to match your scope to your horse, and there are a lot of options to choose from. Let’s have a look
- One-Piece Mount
- Scope Rings
- Weaver Scope Mount
- Dovetail Scope Mount
- Tip-Off Scope Rings
- Leupold STD Scope mount
- Integral Mount
1. One-Piece Mount
One-piece mounts are a popular kind of rifle attachment because they are both durable and simple.
They eliminate the need for scope alignment, making them very convenient since you can just instal it yourself and not worry about getting everything quite right.
However, they are very hefty and may need a rail foundation.
2. Scope Rings
Scope rings are smaller, lighter, and less expensive than one-piece mounts, and they’ve also been around longer.
The scope is held in place by two tiny rings that connect to your rifle. They’re a little more difficult to connect, but they provide you more flexibility.
Scope rings, for example, may be canted for long-distance shooting, while one-piece mounts cannot.
3. Weaver Scope Mount
The first scope mount for rifles is the Weaver scope mount. Scopes were drilled and connected directly to the rifle before it was developed, and changing scopes was difficult.
It’s still one of the most well-known and widely used rifle scope mounting today.
Weaver scope mounts are one- or two-piece rails with recessed mounting screw holes and slots cut along the length of the rail.
Because of the many slots, the slots will retain your scope rings and offer several mounting options.
However, there is no consistency in the width of the slots between weaver rails. This is a problem that the Picatinny rail subsequently resolved.
4. Dovetail Scope Mount
Dovetail scope mounts are also popular, but not as much as Picatinny or Weaver mounts.
Because dovetail mounts simply slip on and off, changing optics is simple.
A dovetail is called from the trapezoidal shape it acquires when seen from the end, which resembles the tail of a dove.
The lenses will be slid onto the end and secured with a locking mechanism.
5. Tip-off Scope
Tip-off scope mounts are a kind of dovetail mount that is unique. These rings will fit a dovetail scope mount.
however you may tip the ring off the rail without moving it to the end if you remove the screw on them sufficiently.
Certain other kinds of dovetail rings do not have enough play to be removed other than by sliding them off the end when the screw is loose.
6. Leupold STD Scope mount
Leupold STD Scope Mounts of this kind are custom-made to suit particular weapons.
Its mount and ring mechanism has a front ring that twists into position while still allowing the scope to move left and right.
The rear ring is situated between two windage screws on the base, which may be tightened and loosened to adjust the rear right and left to account for windage.
It’s a complex foundation structure with a lot of room for tweaking and improvement.
7. Integral Mount
The rings and base are integrated into one piece and connected directly to your rifle in an integral mount, as the name implies.
Because the gun must be constructed with mounts for integrated mounts, not all rifles can take them.
With this kind of mounting system, swapping optics is difficult, so it’s ideal if you know you’ll only use one scope with a certain rifle.
The simplicity of this kind of system is a benefit. You know your mounts are going to be correct when you bolt them down, and you won’t have to fuss with them.
However, many weapons, like AR-15s, do not come with built-in mounts. On bolt-action rifles, this mount is the most popular.
The scope mount for a rifle is just as essential as the rifle sight, and it may be just as costly.
When you’ve already spent hundreds of dollars on your scope and have to pay another hundred or so for the mount, the out-of-the-door pricing doesn’t seem so attractive.
Do you need a quick-detach mount for convenience or one that will maintain zero in the face of heavy and repetitive recoil?
Whatever your motivation for brushing up on rifle sight mounts is, you’ll learn a lot about them by the end.