dale, i'm genuinely glad i brought your day some joy.my situation is like this though. after reading much of the talk on this forum about good scopes etc i decided to splash out way beyond my usual budget to get a new monarch 5-20-44[not here yet as you would be aware]-upgrading in a big way from my simmons whitetail expedition[hopefully].it will be mounted on my howa lightning 223, which again is cheap, but with handloaded remington plhp's is still capable of 1/2" groups at 100y. i wont be going into combat or throwing the gun around-[in fact quite the opposite, i treat it rather well], combined with fact that it's not a hard recoiling rifle, says to me that i dont need mounts that are bomb proof. all i want is mounts that are going to hold the scope on the gun without affecting my accuracy. i'm aware that better mounts are more concentric more tough and more good looking but they surely couldn't make my gun more accurate. hence lapping my crappy rings should in theory make them a little less crappy and hold my scope to my gun better???
also what do you mean they are almost impossible to torque evenly?