Hi, I could use some help, as I'm a beginner. I am mounting my first scope and having a clearance issue. I have a new Savage 116 that I'm mounting a Nikon Buckmaster 3-9x40 scope on. I'm using Warne Weaver-style 2-piece bases and LOW quick release rings from said company (as recommended on their website).
The bell has plenty of clearance from the barrel. My problem is with the bolt handle. It touches the ocular bell ever so slightly. What I mean is; if you wanted to cycle the bolt, you could do it slowly and carefully as not to hit the scope, however, if you lift the bolt up all the way it touches the ocular bell. It almost looks as if it doesnt and will move past it, but I know it is coming into contact. Giving it a good quick cycle and its going to scratch it.
Most of what I've read about scope mounting has been a concern for clearance between the barrel and the scope's objective bell. Do I really need to go to a medium set of rings (against the manufacturer's specs) or am I doing something that is so obviously wrong (but I'm just not seeing it)? Hell, I could have the whole thing on backwards for all I know! Lol. Kidding, of course.
I've attached some pics and yes, this is a lefty rifle.