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With top quality equipment like Badger, Warne Tactical, Farrell, etc. and a 1 pc. base, are you guy still lapping your rings for long range shooting?
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I don't because Marty @ Badger will void the warranty on the rings if you do.
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I'm trying to pull my fingers of the keyboard and my social filter has gone to hell but the  subconcious is typing this and the greater self accepts no responsiblity, if badger rings are so great they don't need a warranty.
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My rationale for that statement, Dale was to illustrate the fact that if Marty is so opposed to ring lapping, it must not be a great idea.

Maybe I should have clarified my earlier post.

 

That said, I have never heard of a shooter that had a warranty issue with Badger.

But, I'm sure they offer the warranty to stand behind an already great product.

 

I'm truly sorry Dale that my recommendation of Badger rings causes your "greater self" so much discomfort......   

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No your not sorry I can tell by the above internet picture. But answering the question though, lapping of rings occurs because of 1) sharp edges and troughs in the ring beds due to quality control in the investment casting or other process 2) irregularites that occur when the rings are mounted to the bases causing mis-alignment. Badger rings are made out of high quality steel (there I said it) and when lapped will cause a decrease in the coefficient of friction that keeps the scope from moving in them by polishing to a "slick" shine. This and the fact if rings are not lapped properly they will "dip" on one side and cause mis-alignment themselves. Rings that use a tension device that is self centering like Rugers are the worst. bases and ring sets with a long bar are less worse, All of this is a general rule of thumb and they all depend on the tolerences of the combination choice at that time. Long range accuracy is not different than short range accuracy , but precision and accuracy are two seperate topics.
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Originally posted by Dale Clifford Dale Clifford wrote:

No your not sorry I can tell by the above internet picture. 

 

Your awesome, Dale!!  

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shouldn't need to with those rigs
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So you guys are saying that you don't need to lap high quality rings like Talley or Cometrol? I was under the impression that you should lap all rings no matter the brand. Can you elaborate?
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BD:

Ring lapping is a good practice, but not one I subscribe too.

Kind of like barrel break in. You know??

 

I don't lap Badger's...period!

A ton of more knowledgeable gents than I do.

 

The rationale for lapping is a good one.

No matter how good the rings are, the receiver on a factory stick is "usually" not perfectly straight.  So, lapping can straighten up the whole enchalada, to a degree, so to speak.

 

So if you want to lap "lesser" rings than Badger's, go for it!!

I just buy Badger's and forget it. (shrugs)

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I recently spoke with someone at Talley and they do not recommend lapping their rings.
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