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I saved and scrimped and finally got enough together to pick up a Conquest from the Samplelist 3-9x40.  Problem is that I've nothing left to replace the bases.  The original scope was mounted by the gunshop so I'm not sure what size bases they used.  It was a Simmonds WT Classic 3.5-10x50 so I would assume they're either med or high.  I'm pretty sure I now need low bases with the new conquest, but would it be alright to use the existing bases for one season--assuming that would mean the mount would be a bit high?

 

The intended use is for deer from 25-150yds. 

 

Thoughts?

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I think you are talking about rings, not bases, right?  Generally, it is a good idea to have decent rings and bases.  No matter how good your scope is, if it is not held in place firmly enough, you are out of luck.

You do not have to spend a lot of money to get decent bases.  Which rifle is this for?

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Yes, I mean rings. . .the thinggies that elevate the scope above the rifle. . .

 

It's for a Remmington 700 in .270

 

If memory serves the gunshop used leupy rings and bases to mount the Simmons, but after 12 years I don't have that paperwork anymore (and I don't have it in front of me).  Would hope to reuse and not replace, but I believe I'm stuck this time.

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If it is Leupold rings and bases, they should hold up just fine.

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Thanks for your time responding, Koshkin.  I wasn't really questioning the durability.  I was more concerned with the height difference.  The original mount was for a 50mm bell, which I assume caused the gunshop to use at least medium rings.  Now that I have a 40mm bell, should I replace with shorter rings?  Or would I not really notice the difference?

 

Much Thanks!

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If you've been shooting this rifle for 12 year with current rings, then you should be plenty used to the current ring height.  If you are comfortable with your current cheekweld, I would not change the rings.

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For about $39 you can get a set of new Talley Lightweight aluminum rings.  The neat thing about the Talley's is that the bottom half of the ring is also the mounting base!  Makes for a much stronger mount because you've eliminated the mating of the rings to the base!
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I stand corrected!  For $29.95 you can purchase the talley Lightweights right here from SWFA!
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If the existing rings still work, keep them.  I have 50yr old Redfield rings still working just fine.

 

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