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Hey guys, my first post here at opticstalk and I'm hoping you can help me out!  

Short Version

What's the better setup for interchanging two scopes on one rifle?  Budget= $200  

Option 1. This with QR rings:
(Google Images)

Option 2. Two of these:
(Google Images)

Long Version

I am building an 18” HBAR upper and would like the ability to use two different scopes on it: a 10x40 for long range prairie dogs, target shooting, etc and a lower power variable (such as a Millett DMS 1-4) for 3 gun.  I would like the ability to interchange the two scopes with return to zero.  I am open to having to use tools to do so if it improves return to zero, but would prefer a quick-release.  I will not be running any BUIS.  I would like to spend less than $200 on the total mounting setup (as far as I can see, Larue, ADM, Bobro are not an option).

So far I am looking at two options:

1.  One <competitor link snipped>  (extended picatinny riser) with two sets of  <competitor link to Leupold QRW snipped>  .  I would torque and loctite the riser down and only interchange the scope via the QRW rings.

2.  Two sets of one-piece mounts.  Due to my budget, I am looking at the <competitor link to Burris PEPR snipped>  or one-piece mounts with a bolt-head such as the Armalite or RRA mounts.

-Can anyone with a similar setup speak on the reliability to hold zero and return to zero for option 1?  (also, what height rings do you use?)
-Does anyone have experience frequently interchanging one piece mounts with a screwdriver/bolt head and can comment on the return to zero/PITA of these?
-Would there be a problem running a 10x40 scope on the Burris P.E.P.R. or is it designed for smaller optics?
-Am I missing any other solutions!?

Thank you very much for your help!  


Edited by koshkin - August/13/2012 at 19:55
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Well I screwed up the pics and can't figure out how to edit, so let's try the short version one more time....

Option 1. This with QR rings:

(google images)

Option 2. Two of these with QD:

(google images)
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Chris, please read the forum rules and refrain from posting links to SWFA's competitors.  SWFA is gracious enough to provide this forum for us and the least we can do is follow a few rules laid out for us.

As far as you specific question goes, this is a bit difficult to do for under $200.

If you insist on a dual scope solution, using a quality riser with two sets of rings is probably your best bet.

I have never used the Leupold riser (it is pretty new), but I own and use risers from LaRue, PRI and IOR and they all work well.

As far as the rings go, the least espensive QD rings I am aware of that actually work as advertised are Warne.  Leupold QRW are OK, but I thought Warne worked better as did TPS TSR rigns if you use a torque wrench.

Generally speaking, I wonder if a better solution for you would be to get a single scope of better quality with a good mount and not mess with moving scopes around.  If you have a limited budget, that might be a better way to go.

There are a few ways to go about this.

For example, if all you need is high power and low power, you can get a fixed 10x42 scope (like SWFA SS 10x42 http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-10x42-Tactical-Riflescope-P53712.aspx) or 6x42 (http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-6x42-Tactical-Riflescope-P53711.aspx) and a small red dot sight like Burris Fastfire III in a mount like this:


That way you do not have to move scopes around all the time.

Or you could use a 3-9x42 or 2.5-10x42 scope instead of a fixed power, but that way you will pay a bit more for similar optical quality.  Also, the small red dot, can be mounted on an accessory ring around the scope tube if you want.

ILya
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