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Hey guys - I need to pick up a 20MOA base for a Remington 700 short action and I'm swimming in choices with no idea what to look for in a quality base. (Badger, Warne, TPS, EGW, etc.) Any advice? 

 
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All the brands mentioned will serve you well. I have Badger, but the others are probably just as serviceable.
 
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Don't forget Near... it is one of the best on the market.  Precision...
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You could also add Seekins to the list... Badger's have a built-in recoil lug on some models. EGW's tend to be a little higher off the receiver than other companies. 
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MurphyPrecision is another one.
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Haha. Yeah now I am confused. Ask an vague question and get a bunch of answers. Sorry. Ive always been a battle rifle with surplus ammo guy so the precision rifle is all new to me and I have no clue what I'm looking for in a base. I'm guessing most of you have tried them all and it just comes down to personal preference. I'm thinking I'll go with the mid-range, IOR or Seekins with matching rings.

Just noticed some of them come in various metals as well. I'm assuming alloy if I want light weight and steel if I want durability?

I don't see a badger with recoil lug and I'm not sure what the purpose is. Can someone explain the purpose of the recoil lug on a base?

Thanks guys!
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I run Badger Ordnance but the others mentioned are quality mounts. For your project I would leave off the Warne not that they are not good I have several sets but not for a tactical type rig. If I didnt go Badger I would probably go TPS.  I think Talley makes some also and everything I have gotten from Talley has been fantastic.
Badger Ordnance Maximized Scope 1 Piece Rail Badger Ordnance Maximized Scope 1 Piece Rail
Stock # - 30606
  • Remington 700 Short Action
  • Matte
  • 20 MOA
$149.95 
TPS XP Tactical 1 Piece Base TPS XP Tactical 1 Piece Base
Stock # - TPS20102
  • Remington 700 Right Hand Short Action
  • Alloy Steel
  • 20 MOA
$64.95 
Talley 1 Piece Base Talley 1 Piece Base
Stock # - PSM252700        Thunbs Up
  • Remington 40X Long Action
  • Remington 700 Short Action
  • Remington 721 Short Action
  • Remington 722 Short Action
  • Remington 725 Short Action
  • Matte
  • 20 MOA
$54.95 


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I value a quality rail, I guess I would put a little more emphasis on the rings, is all I'm saying. Especially when it goes on a factory receiver that's probably already a tad wonky to start with.  

The TPS or Talley that Wes posted will be more than adequate. I use and love TPS and Talley products too. 
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My future choice for mounts is the Near rail, probably with the Near Alphamount.  They are constructed of a proprietary steel alloy very close to aluminum weight, stronger, more durable than steel.  
US Optics makes rails for "unusual" applications... Like CZ 550.  
TPS is quality manufacturing.  Never had a complaint with any TPS hardware I've owned.  
EGW rails have always been very good to me.  I have no complaints about them either.
Warne is a good name, not my favorite to deal with in ease of installation, but certainly good stuff.
I've not used Aadland mounts/rings, but have heard good things about them.  When I have an alumininum application, I will certainly give them a try.  I don't think they are building rails, yet.  

I said all that to say this... there are a lot of very good rails out there, lots of very good mounting hardware.  It generally comes down to personal requirements, likes, "look"...




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Hmm...I think I'm going to go with a Badger base and rings for this rig. Hopefully I can get it all installed and out to the range next weekend. Now if I could only shoot straight.
 
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You should search for and read Chris Farris' post on "Mounting a Badger"... 

quite insightful...


You will be pleased with the Badger setup.

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Any of those will work well. I had a chance to compare a Badger base with two of my Seekins bases and found that while it was within tolerance all the way along the base, the Seekins were 100% uniform throughout their lengths. We're only talking thousandths here, but Seekins seems to be as detail-oriented as they come. They even use a multi-flute thread mill to cut the threads. The Badger also had just a touch of rust in one of the mounting holes right out of the box/wrapper. I have other Badger mounts and M1 tools so I'm impressed with their stuff, but just reporting what I saw and measured.

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P.S. I have to read Chris' post to see how he does it, but mounting a badger seems risky:
 
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Originally posted by jonoMT jonoMT wrote:

P.S. I have to read Chris' post to see how he does it, but mounting a badger seems risky:
 


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Originally posted by jonoMT jonoMT wrote:

P.S. I have to read Chris' post to see how he does it, but mounting a badger seems risky:
 




Hilarious. Thanks for the link I was having trouble finding it. That's good info.

So do you guys find you have to bed a lot of your bases?
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Originally posted by TD TD wrote:

So do you guys find you have to bed a lot of your bases?
No. But as Chris mentioned in that article, it's a good idea to make sure they're spotlessly clean and then use a very light coating of blue loctite under the base just to keep water, etc. out.
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Usually, by the time you are ready for bedding, all the bases have been covered...
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