Chris, believe me, I appreciate your concern; just for the record, the scope's centerline is more like 3.3" above that of the bore!
I assure you, that your advice, "Ditch the abomination and get some decent medium height rings..." is most certianly un-necessary in my case, as I've both been there:
and, done that:
-many, many times over.
Abomination?? hmm.-that's a strong word. I assume from your post that the primary reason you describe the SSG-P as an "abomination", is its mounting-height. My response to such an assessment is that, in shooting, as in any other human endeavor, there are those of us who speak, or otherwise communicate, what we've assumed, read, heard, felt, etc. and also, those amongst us, who, out of experience, speak what we know...
I've heard the line: ...Scope closer to bore: Good -The more scope is above bore: BAD
-And I'm sure that, somewhere along the way, you've heard the same line.
Here's one of my favorite lines: If you can hit with it: Good.
...I'll now share some of the things that I KNOW first hand about Hensoldt's ZF 3-12x56 SSG(P):
1. Despite being originally designed to specifically interface with the German Bundswehr's NSV-80 night-vision device(hence, it's height), I have found that it works very well on my AR-10T. I am <1MOA accurate to 800 yards with this weapon. 2. It's optics are, in it's power range, the very finest I have yet seen -bar none. And I've both seen, and do own, my share of the best ones. 3. Abomination? on the contrary, after examining its unique features and ruggedness of construction, I can only conclude that the SSG-P is one of, If not, THE most advanced, purpose-specific day/NVD-compatible optics, ever conceived.
Straight shooting, FOF