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Here is another question that comes to mind when in the market for a new set of rings and or bases. I never gave it much thought until I was talking to a tech at a top scope manufacture and he made the statement that he would stay away from anything made out of aluminum.

What is the over all consciences here one too the other and why.   
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You probably want to buy a different brand of scope.   The tech was clueless.  Aluminum rings and bases can be stronger than and provide more support to the scope steel.  It's all in the design and material selection.
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I have had an aluminum base break in half which mounted on a T/C Encore 460 S&W Magnum.The base & mounts were suppose to be stronger and lighter than steel.
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What's the base/mounts going on ?
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Originally posted by martin3175 martin3175 wrote:

What's the base/mounts going on ?



I'm not really asking for a particular rifle just was wondering what the over all crowd here felt about one material to the other. I would guess that everyone here has the same ambition and that is to spend as little as possible and get the best available.    
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Originally posted by REP REP wrote:

Here is another question that comes to mind when in the market for a new set of rings and or bases. I never gave it much thought until I was talking to a tech at a top scope manufacture and he made the statement that he would stay away from anything made out of aluminum.

What is the over all consciences here one too the other and why.   
Moved to proper heading... Rings and bases...
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Some aluminum hold up fine some steel break. Its more about quality than material sometimes.  IMO
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Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

Some aluminum hold up fine some steel break. Its more about quality than material sometimes.  IMO


This is what I have been hearing as well. Is there any manufactures that come to your mind that have a REP of producing reliable products??
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I used some aluminum see thru mounts (I know don't bash I wanted to try them) on a muzzle loader from I think it was Traditions firearms and they seemed like they were pretty good quality. I never had a problem at all from them.

I've also used a few other sets of aluminum ones also and never had an issue either, but most you could tell were not up to par with the quality of the Traditions ones. I think the Weavers are pretty decent for the price.

That being said I've also used steel rings and never seen a huge difference.

One set I did break was by tightening them way too tight. Those were aluminum Weavers and it broke where I was screwing the screw in. That's the only set I've ever had break. To be honest, 90% of the time now I just go with a set of quality aluminum rings and so far I've not had any issues. However, if I was building a rifle that I had to depend on with my life, I'd probably use a set of quality steel rings and bases.
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you get what you pay for ...Avoid cheaper rings and stay with well known brand names and regardless af material ( and with proper installation ) , either should serve you well .. However , for calibers around a 338 mag and up , I'd go with a steel mount for an extra level of assurance
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I've used Talley lightweight Aluminum rings/bases on a tikka t3 lite in 30-06. By all accounts they were superb right up until I sold the rifle last year, although that is a sample of one. I have several friends using the same set up as well and have yet to hear a complaint. I am buying two new sets for a couple Savages I recently picked up. I'll let you know I have any problems. Other than the lightweight Talleys I generally run Warne Maxima or Ruger factory rings.

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Originally posted by The Dude The Dude wrote:

I've used Talley lightweight Aluminum rings/bases on a tikka t3 lite in 30-06. By all accounts they were superb right up until I sold the rifle last year, although that is a sample of one. I have several friends using the same set up as well and have yet to hear a complaint. I am buying two new sets for a couple Savages I recently picked up. I'll let you know I have any problems. Other than the lightweight Talleys I generally run Warne Maxima or Ruger factory rings.

Regards,

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Theirs a lot to be said about the the Warne people; just today I talked to Jerry in their tech dept. about a set of their rings that failed on an Encore due to improper torquing and breaking of screws in the rings. These guys are JAM UP he is sending me replacements even though the rings were installed improperly. WOW talk about going to buy from; from now on! Any time I have ever had a problem with anything from these guy they have gone way over board to fix everything even when it is not even close to their fault. I love this company. They have not let the stock owners control the bottom line yet. Go America; I would recommend these guys to anyone not only a great product but also backed up by outstanding customer support what more can I say!!   
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I have never had cause to deal with customer service other than a couple calls on height recommendations. Very knowledgeable and friendly. I couldnt agree with you more REP, highly recommended in my book.
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I have a set of alluminum Talleys, Burris, and SS rings.  All have held zero and no problems since.  As a general rule of thumb for me, not a rule just an opinon, I don't buy rings unless they are quality, by quality MOSt of the time you can tell by price and reputation.  Nothing wrong with mixing steel and aluminum when it comes to bases and rings as long as you aren't in extreme tempetures where the metals will react different.  Again IMO!
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Not saying they are the best-- but Weaver tip offs have been around for what 50 years. Steel on top and aluminum on the bottom, inexpensive. and only 2 screws -- can you imagine!!  The entire issue is over rated.
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Steel for me. I like Warne bases and rings.
If I were putting together a dedicated lightweight rifle I would have to consider the aluminum Talleys, however.
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I prefer steel
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