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Dear friends,
first of all I want to introduce me (sorry but I don´t know if this is the correct place to do it), my name is Agustín and I´m from Patagonia (Argentina). I´m the 5th. generation of sheep farmers and I do live on a ranch in this remote and beautiful place. Because of the distances, not many shops on the area! haha (my ranch is 150 miles from the nearest town), and not to much people around with optics idea is the reason why I am looking for some help from you. 

I bought a Tikka T3 Lite Stainless .308 (a very popular caliber in Argentina), and today I´ll send an email to a friend in USA asking for a Swarovski Z3 4-12 x 50 BRH Reticle (I spend some months per year USA for recreational holidays, but I am not going again till March). The idea is mostly punching paper at long distances, and some day hunting. I do not have the bases and rings yet, but the idea is to buy the Opti-Lock in Stainless steel finish to match exactly the Tikka Barrel. I read very good reviews about the quality of this rings.

The question is, which size of rings do I have to buy, MEDIUM or LOW? I was checking the Beretta web site and they have a table which indicate LOW rings for scopes up to 63mm for normal barrels and 55mm for bull barrels. But I read some posts about people who use the Medium ones with 50mm scopes "just in case" and to have a better parabola of correction? Is this true.

I understand the ones I need are: S130R924
http://www.berettausa.com/products/sako ... stainless/

I think the bases are the same for all the scopes: S132R916
http://www.berettausa.com/products/tikk ... ss-finish

Thank you very much for your help.

Best regards.

Agustín.
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Welcome to Optics Talk. 

Too early to get on a "how I hate Opti Locks" rant this morning. 
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haha, thank you Cheaptrick,
just tell me what you think, at least I did not buy any rings and bases yet!
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Well, there's better rings for a Sako/Tikka, at least in my opinion. 

The stainless Opti's do indeed match the receiver and barrel, as you stated, but are not a very good system.

I'd look at Talley rings.  http://www.talleymanufacturing.com/

I had a set of fixed rings from them on a Sako M75 and they worked flawlessly and weren't plagued by soft cap screws, as are the Opti's. 

Also, you may consider Conetrol rings, as well.  http://www.conetrol.com/

Opti's are over priced and under perform, in my opinion. 
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I prefer the Optilocks but to each his own.  Haven't had a problem with soft screws and the new ones are all torx which helps a lot.  I like the nylon inserts and IMO the Optilocks just look correct on a Sako even though they're not perfect.
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Originally posted by Horsemany Horsemany wrote:

 I like the nylon inserts and IMO the Optilocks just look correct on a Sako even though they're not perfect.

If they are not "perfect", what is it about them you don't like? 


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Dear Horsemany and Cheaptrick,
thank you very much for the replies.

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cheaptrick.  If  I could redesign the optilocks I'd make the bases thinner and lighter.  I also have the one piece ringmounts but they put the rear ring a bit too far back sometimes.  They use the recoil pin so they sit on the very back edge of the rear bridge unlike the 2pc opti's which put the rear ring on the front of the rear bridge.  I like the look of the Talley's too but like to use a recoil pin on the back of the dovetail.Wink
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Welcome to the OT!
 
+1 on the Tally's
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