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What's everyone's thoughts on "sharing scopes" between rifles?  Assuming you're using detachable rings, it seems like you might be able to have a couple scopes to use on a couple different rifles without too much of a hassle.  I understand that your zero would be off if you went from a .17hmr up to a 7mm mag, but if you were able to figure out the elevation changes it seems like you could get close to zero when switching between rifles and would just need a few shots to re-sight in after a switch...

 

Am I crazy thinking this?  Are the detachable rings/bases good enough that this could be done?  Would there be any pitfalls in doing so?

 

What brand/style are everyone's favorite for detachable rings/bases? 

 

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

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your not completely insane to think that, but I am close to calling the nearest funny farm.

 

things that you should take into consideration;

 

you will have to acheive exact ring spacing for one scope with each base before you can do it, you will have to match the eye releif fairly close with one scope for several rifles. It will be harder than you think to make adjustement for each rifle. It isn't worth the money that you would save.

 

Actually I use QD rings for the opposite of what your planning, I have two scopes for one of my rifles. I don't know if thats why they make them, but that is what I use them for.

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I am agreeing with Anthony on the use of detachables. On my two favorite 700's that I travel with, I use the Leupold QR's. I remove the scopes for travel and I have back-up scopes pre-sighted in case something happens along the way. The 700's seem to have very close tolerances as I can switch scopes back and forth with no adjustment needed for ring spacing. I would not try to use one scope for two rifles however.
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Good advice and comments from Anthony and Roy Finn .  Like them, I use QR rings to carry a back-up scope on hunting trips that are "far away" or expensive.  

 

I will second Roy Finn's recommendation of Leupold's QR rings and bases.  They have worked great on my rifles.  They are sturdy, and stay zeroed when detached and remounted. 

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Originally posted by Anthony Anthony wrote:

 

you will have to acheive exact ring spacing for one scope with each base before you can do it,

 

I didn't think about that one...I suspect very few recievers are drilled in the same location.  Good point!

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You're not at all out of line with your idea of switching scopes.  You should look into using a one-piece picatinny base for your rifle.  I have one-piece picatinny bases on a Savage 10FP in .308 and a 12FV in .223.  I have quick detach rings on the scopes that ride each respective rifle (the .308 has an IOR 6x24 50mm and the .223 currently has a Kahles CL) and the scopes are totally interchangeable in a matter of seconds.  Obviously, point of zero is different but I know my "come ups" and getting each scope re-zeroed usually takes just one shot to confirm that it's dialed in.

I'm going to do the same thing with 2 A-Bolt's (one in .308, the other in .260 Rem.).  There is a company that makes a one-piece picatinny base for short action A-Bolt's (price: $109).  Theoretically, I could interchange scopes between both Browning and Savage rifles because picatinny base measurements are universal. 

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