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Hi all,

I'm setting up a Marlin XL7 in 30-06 and I'm looking for a reliable yet cost effective (sub $40) set of rings. My focus on this rig is durability and reliablity. Scope is a 1-inch Weaver K-4.

I know steel is better, but the XL7 comes with a one-piece aluminum base. Would steel rings on an aluminum base defeat the purpose or still offer better durability than aluminum on aluminum? Should I consider upgrading the factory base to a steel one or would that just be splitting hairs? (XL7 takes any Win model 70 scope bases.)

Another question I have is whether to go with quick release rings. My thought is that, as long the QR rings do a good job of maintaining zero, I'm better off removing the scope during transport (dirt roads, etc.) than having permanent rings that might budge. Am I again splitting hairs? Should I just stick with permanent rings I never take off?

Thanks in advance for the feedback!
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 Steel rigs on an aluminum base are common and perfectly acceptable. No worries at all.
 I can highly recommend Leupold PRW rings for a reasonably light hunting rig. 
 Except for needing an Allen or Torx wrench, they are probably almost as easy to remove and reattach as a QR system, and have no annoying protruding levers.
 Warne also makes some good ones in about that price range, I think.
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The standard Weaver rings that match up with those bases have a steel saddle. They have been around forever. They may be fugly but they definitely work. They can be removed and re-zero decently, too.
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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

The standard Weaver rings that match up with those bases have a steel saddle. They have been around forever. They may be fugly but they definitely work. They can be removed and re-zero decently, too.
 
  Absolutely!
 And they are what, maybe 15 bucks a pair?
Available in every height and finish imaginable too.
 Only downside is that the steel top strap hooks over the aluminum bottom half of the ring unit and screws down on the other side, which has an annoying tendency to roll the scope tube a few degrees as you tighten the screws. It sometimes takes a few tries to get the crosshairs level by starting the process with them OUT of level by a similar amount.
 Don't overtighten them either or you'll strip the threads.
 Of course, that's true of every brand of rings, but aluminum ones are a little more susceptible to overtightening abuse.
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Thanks for the input! I don't NEED to ever take the scope off. Just thought it might be better during transport than leaving it on. What do you guys do if you know you'll be on a bumpy road?
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Yes indeed Ron, they are a little tougher to mount. If you've been around those mounts, like we have, you learn to skew the scope a bit before tightening.
It's kind of like shooting English on a pool table that isn't friendly.


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Originally posted by wshive wshive wrote:

Thanks for the input! I don't NEED to ever take the scope off. Just thought it might be better during transport than leaving it on. What do you guys do if you know you'll be on a bumpy road?
 Just keep the gun in a padded case if possible. Anything you can do to isolate it from long-term vibration can't hurt...
 There are conflicting opinions on how hard bumpy roads actually are on optical equipment, with some reputable sources claiming that even long term highway travel in the trunk of a car will ruin even a good quality scope. I'm undecided on that, but don't take chances by leaving my stuff unprotected during travel.
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