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    Posted: June/03/2011 at 19:28
What are the best rings for use with a NightForce 5.5X22X50 scope to be mounted on an Armalite AR-50A1?
I am new at .50 BMG shooting and will appreciate your responses.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kickboxer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/03/2011 at 19:44
You might take a look at the new Aadland rings.  They are aluminum, but appear well engineered.  They look better than the Nightforce rings and have a greater gripping surface.  SWFA sells them.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Scylla Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/03/2011 at 19:58
Thanks for your reply. I also am taking a look at the Barrett Zero-Gap rings (ultra high) and LaRue Tactical's LT107 QD outfit.
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All nice.  338LapuaSlap got some of the Barrett's and loves them.  You should also give Near Mfg a look.  The Alphamount is outstanding...
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I also have been urged by a pal to consider the Barrett BORS system, which also requires Barrett rings. Now we are talking some very serious money!
 
I will look at the Near Alphamount.
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My opinion on the BORS... it's an awful pricey piece of gear for something you can have in a PDA for a lot less money.  It is not as "high tech" as I expected it to be.   It's nice, just not indispensable.  It does provide some freedom, but is also heavy.  Lots of tradeoffs to consider before plunking down the dollars for that piece of gear.  I opted out on it.  
I love the tech stuff, but it's just not THAT good...
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Thanks for that feedback, Kickboxer.
Another question: I had been told that I ought to get ultra high (1.4") rings (in Zero-Gap rings) for the NightForce 5.5-22X50 scope. Is that correct? Someone else said to get the high (1.3") rings.
 
Whatever rings I finally buy, I want to be sure they are the correct height as I want to get the scope mounted and get out and SHOOT.
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I have a Hensoldt 6-24x72 with a 1.4inch ring height and possibly could have gone with the next lower size... you can go considerably lower than that.  


check this out:

http://www.opticstalk.com/how-to-determine-proper-ring-height_topic5946.html


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I don't have any experience at all from that rifle so I don't know.
From looking at the pictures of the gun, it feels like the lower the mount the better it is.
 
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Scylla,

I would recommend Badger, Nightforce, Barrett, all of those rings with a caveat.  What I have ended up using is the Armalite one piece base because the rifle is so big and heavy and single piece base is very easy to mount and unmount for transportation.  What I have heard from a fellow FCSA shooter was that he sent his rifle via UPS in an aluminum hard case and was received with a dent from the bolt handle protruding outward in the case top from rough handling.  Now I know that you would not do such a thing but the point that I am making is the inertia of a 30 lb plus rifle is really more than the foam of a hard case can handle and I don’t want to subject my optics to such potential damage.  If you decide on the Armalite single piece base I would strongly recommend a good lapping kit and when finished lapping permanently marking the alignment of the pieces.

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I agree with Håkan, I don't see why you'd need super high rings unless that cheekpiece doesn't adjust downward at all.  Does it adjust down much?
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The cheekpiece has considerable adjustment, up and down, and I prefer the lowest cheek weld possible.
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In that case I'd recommend a set of medium-ish rings around the 1" height just to get you enough above the rail and then set the cheekpiece where it's comfortable.

Of course I'd use my rings, but that's just me....        Bandito      No need to lap them unless you're rail is crooked.
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I would go for a unimount on this.
The gun have a 15 moa rail, while the scope can accept up to 40-50 moa rail.
If you take a 20-30 moa unimount and put there, you get those 20-30 moa additionally.
 
A lot unimount, and straight without cantilever would be perfekt.
 
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