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I have a Zeiss 6.5-20x50 Conquest and will be purchasing a Zeiss 3-9x40.  I have a Sako 75 and a Savage 17HMR now and plan to purchase a Tikka in 25-06.  I was thinking how nice it would be to be able to swap these scopes between these rifles as needed/desired.  I was thinking of using QD Rings to accomplish this, but am wondering what flaws there are in this plan I don't see yet, if any.
 
Please advise.
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I've found switching scopes from gun to gun to be a pain (quick detach rings or not).  You will still have to re-zero the gun every time you switch it.  And if you're luck is like mine...the gun you want to use won't have a scope on it.

In short: your choice of rifles and scopes is excellent, why go thru the hassle...buy another Zeiss.
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I do this with several rifles that I do not shoot very often.  I have a scope that resides in a set of Warne QD rings that I swap between three different rifles.  This allowed me to purchase one nice scope and swap it from one rifle to another with minimal effort.  Of course, the scope's settings have to be repeatable or it would be a pain in the butt. 
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Originally posted by swtucker swtucker wrote:

I've found switching scopes from gun to gun to be a pain (quick detach rings or not).  You will still have to re-zero the gun every time you switch it.  And if you're luck is like mine...the gun you want to use won't have a scope on it.

In short: your choice of rifles and scopes is excellent, why go thru the hassle...buy another Zeiss.
 
+1 just gives you an excuse to buy one more nice piece of glass.
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I have the Wanr QDs and like them. 

I bought 2 Tikkas with the same plan, and it turns out it is a pain to do.

Why have 2 guns and one scope when you can have 2 guns and 2 scopes?  And maybe an extra scope just in case - which, as time rolls on, will get its own gun too?


If you want to do this, consider the Kahles multi-zero scope, taht way it is ready to swap and go (with a test fire, of course.
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I agree with the guys above. I also tried it and found it to be a pain in the butt. I had 2 scopes and one rifle. One scope for hunting and one for target. So the rifle trajectory stayed the same, which made re-zeroing a lot easier. The problem is that the QD gives you approx 1MOA back to zero. Changing rifles mean you also have to contend with different ballistics. So each time you swop it is 5 bullets or so to re-zero. It is the time to the range etc.
It can work, but it is a hassle.
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I expect to have to rezero, and 3-5 shots I don't see as a problem.  I have blm land in my backyard so it is easy access.  Most of the time the two scopes will stay on the two rifles, but just in case I really want to work long distance or shoot varmints, the 6.5x20 will be nice and if I want to lighten any gun for thick cover hunting I can go to the 3x9.
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Then you will have no problems. Off course you now have to weigh the cost of three QD rings against the cost of a new scope.
Talking of that, something that we missed is that the mounting distance of the QD bases on the different rifles may not align with the QD rings on the different scopes. That would mean shifting the rings. That would not be a good thing as the screw heads would take a beating, so would the scope tubes.
In this case you may as well use normal rings and just re-mount the scope each time you switch rifles.
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I have hot swapped scopes for years and don't find it to be that big a pain, provided some up front planning is accomplished and the "plan" executed each time you swap.  I always check zero when I go from one rifle to another, but generally get it done in one round.  Requires working up detailed tables on each weapon and having a sure fire repeatable scope, which your Zeiss is, and good quality, consistent ammo (you have to work up tables for each type of ammo you use).  However, the PREFERENCE is to have one scope per rifle.  And I still check zero every time I go hunting.  So it doesn't save me any ammo.  But it is easier.  
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I have one of the Leupold zero point bore sighter's that works very well. Zero the rifle and then mark the slip that is provided. You can remove and or swap scopes then re align with the previously recorded point and Zero will be good. There is also a grid in the back of a SWFA card that is usually provided with your purchase. Remember not to through the card away. I have used this and been good out to 400 yds. on Pd's. The bore sighter can be free with the purchase of a Leupold scope from SWFA. The problem comes with moving the rings for different base spacing between the rifles.

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Look into TALBOT mounts.  Its a two part system consisting of a base and a "riser".  The base is made for different types of weapons (gotta look at the list to see if your rifle(s) has one made for it).  The "riser" locks into the base and is in there pretty damn solid, too.  And here is the cool part--while each weapon takes a different type of base ALL the bases are compatable with ALL the "risers".  Meaning if you had a Reminton 700 for example and an AR15 you could swap optics between the two of them provided you had the proper TALBOT mount for each rifle.  The down side is (somehow there is ALWAYS one of those) that his stuff aint cheap (But its also built just like its price tag suggests it should be). 
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(..........I think we should have an entire section of this forum for these fellas to go to when they want to talk about swappin' out scopes from one rifle to another all the time.................we can send them some sandwiches over there once in a while..........) Bucky

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