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I have a question regarding quick detach rings.  I am assuming you can easily detach a scope in seconds on this setup and attach it to another gun.  Can you alternate a scope between guns and be sighted in on both.  This seems like the case to me but have never really looked into it.

Are they durable and hold to zero just as much as other rings and bases?

 

Any recommendations?  I am about to buy a scope and would like to be able to swap out scopes on my rifles depending on weather, etc. as long as they hold to zero. 

 

 

 

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A good quality detachable ring, such as made by Warne or Talley will be durable and hold zero when detached and reattached to a rifle.  However, attaching a scope from one rifle to another, requires that the ring to ring distance be exactly the same, which even if the brands and model is identical, sometimes there can be slight differences causing a less than optimal fit when switching.  Then, to have the same scope to be sighted in, would require that both rifles have the identical same exterior ballistics, which is unlikely.  You could find one of the Kahles multi-zero scopes and use one setting for each rifle, but only if the ring to ring distance fit both rifles perfectly.  Bottom line.  Good quality QD rings work well, but are unlikely to be suitable for two rifles.  The best bet is when hunting on a trip and carrying a back up scope already sighted in to use if your primary scope fails.
 
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If you want to go from gun to gun you will need a one piece rail on each gun. You will need a good one like TPS, Badger and a few others for this. Seat the ring cross bolts up against the front of the shoulder in each cross slot. Go from one gun to the other and check the fit. You will more then likely have to re-zero when going to a diffrent gun, BTW. They do re-zero quite well when taken off and put back on the same gun.
That isn't what I use detachable mounts for. They allow you to carry a spare scope or remove it for use of the irons. Either way, if you are using a high quality mount like Talley's or Warne's, they return to zero very good when remounted. This applies to two piece hunting style mounts.
The reason it is tough when going from gun to gun is you want the rings cross bolts to seat up against the front shoulders of the front and rear base simultaneously. If not seated the scope can move inside the base cross slot under recoil. On top of this the previously mentioned re-zeroing issue arises.

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I have used two scopes to one gun, with succes. Say you want to use a low power scope for hunting such as a 3-9, and a high power for target shooting such as 8-25.
 
Both scopes were zeroed and held zero on Leupold QD's.
 
One scope for two guns will be difficult to have same zero point.
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The thing is that you can take note of the 2 different zeroes and just adjust windage and elevation when you mount it on your rifles. 
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The others bring up excellent points in regard to the mounting between two different rifles.  It is highly unlikely that you will find the same zero; however, you could zero on the "main" rifle and note your turret settings, if you have turrets that allow you to reset to zero you could do that, then when you mount on the other rifle, doing your best to keep everything aligned, fire off some groups in good conditions with the same zero as your main rifle, you will more than likely find that the group may be "close" but still off from dead center.  You could then calculate your "average" group position and write that down.  So the way it would work is this, your main rifle is set to zero and you ensure you mount the rings the same place every time, then you mount the scope on your second rifle, knowing that when mounted on the second rifle you get groups that are, for example, consistently 1.5" high and 2.25" to the left, so when you mount the scope to the second rifle, you dial in the distance on your turrets to compensate for the deviation from the main rifle, then when you return the scope to your main rifle you will reset your turrets to zero or whatever position they need to be for your main rifle to hit the center X.  Of course, you should always field verify anytime you swap scopes between rifles just to make sure :)  Good luck

Bill
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