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I just bought a Howa .308. It came with Leupold brand scope, rings and mount.
I want to put my SS 10X42 on the gun for long range target shooting.
I guess I need to get 30mm Leupold rings to match the base.
Should I get a paticular height ring to keep the elevation adjustments on the scope in the middle?
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The height of the rings is to give clearance to fit the scope.  The greater the outside diameter of the scope, the higher the rings you would need.  As the rings get higher, you need less drop at the comb, so you can get a good cheek weld and seee through the middle of the scope.  The adjustment at the base governs issues like where the scope focuses at what range.  For really long ranges shooters get a 20 or 45 moa base, which is higher at the rear of the scope.  With a 20 moa base your bullets will strike about 20 inches high at 100 yards before you adjust your scope.  This lets you compensate for grater drop at longer ranges, and ensures that more of the scope's internal adjustment is available to compensate for drop at longer ranges.
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