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Old 06-19-2013, 04:24 PM   #1
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Does most everyone go through the process of having someone lap your rings? I see the point but I wondered how many would just use the rings as they are from the manufacturer...

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Old 06-19-2013, 04:31 PM   #2
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I believe this is very rarely done, only talked about.

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Quality rings (Badger, Seekins etc.) never need lapped, they are machined out of one block of material, to a tight run out tolerance. I shoot a precision rifle and I have never lapped rings. Some think it is necessary. The message is, buy a quality set of rings and you won't have to worry about lapping. If you buy Chinese import junk, lapping them won't help you either.

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Quality rings (Badger, Seekins etc.) never need lapped, they are machined out of one block of material, to a tight run out tolerance. I shoot a precision rifle and I have never lapped rings. Some think it is necessary. The message is, buy a quality set of rings and you won't have to worry about lapping. If you buy Chinese import junk, lapping them won't help you either.
While most high quality rings are good out of the box,when your mounting a quality/costly scope in a set of rings,I always lapped my rings.
It doesn't take much ring pressure from being out of alignment to ruin a scope tube,and the internal components. I don't know of any scope maker that will warranty a scope damaged from misaligned scope rings.

I only use Burris Signature Zee rings anymore,for all of my optics,and don't have to lap rings anymore.
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i install a few dozen rifles scopes each year: Every set of rings is lapped. Last winter a guy brought me a rifle with a scope that was bent from out of alignment rings installed by a so called "gunsmith". That scope cost almost $1,500. The rings were from a good US maker; sometimes stuff just happens.

You have to be careful with Leupold rings, some of them are made in China and they are junk.

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Depends on bases rings and scopes .I've owned a few Nightforce scopes and if i was useing steel rings and bases yes . I normally use custom actions and i use their manafacturer base or a Davidson base if i'm using Kelbly rings on Nightforces no i havent lapped .But i have a new build using a Bat action with a Bat 20 moa base with Kelbly 34mm ring and yes it will be lapped but I paid 3,000.00 for the scope. Steel yes unless Burris with the incerts

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I spent just under 40 years as a gunsmith for one of the BIG gun companies. During that time I have installed and mounted thousands YES THOUSANDS of scopes and mounts of all types and makes. Just my opinion but unless you have so much time on your hands that you don't know what else to do. Don't waste your time !!!

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Never heard of lappingg your scope rings. How do you do that?

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Regardless of what you pay for a scope what about the internals? If you have owned many "High" end scopes over the years you have had had problems. Lapping rings? What about the fitting of the cams and adjustments? And then there is the powder the primers bullet jackets and cores? Gees ! It makes my head hurt. Maybe you improve by shooting not worrying?

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Never heard of lappingg your scope rings. How do you do that?
here's the tools that you use to lap scope rings with. read this as it can explain it much better than i could!

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/187492/wheeler-engineering-scope-ring-alignment-and-lapping-combo-kit-1-and-30mm
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