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tpcollins
December 15, 2009, 06:49 PM
I plan to mount a scope on a T/C Triumph muzzleloader and I've seen (2) different bases. One is aluminum for about $15, the other is a steel Warne Maxima for about $45. I would think the aluminum base should be sufficient BUT these bases are about 4 1/2" long and all (4) mounting holes are on one end. This leaves almost 2 1/2" of the front base "laying" on the barrel with no attachment screws. Is the aluminum base still as good as the steel one? Thanks.

LukeA
December 15, 2009, 07:18 PM
They should have the same functionality in that application. The aluminum will flex more under recoil, but each will return to the same position it had prior to the shot.

tpcollins
December 17, 2009, 03:45 PM
"The aluminum will flex more under recoil, but each will return to the same position it had prior to the shot".

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Is it normal for a base to "flex" and be assured it will return to the same position? Thanks.

LongRifles, Inc.
December 17, 2009, 04:26 PM
"Chad, anything worth making is worth making out of steel."

-Bo Clerke, smart old bastard and one hell of an M.E.

fineredmist
December 17, 2009, 04:58 PM
Use the steel on a heavy recoiling rifle and the will last. The aluminum will not hold up under heavy recoil and you could be wearing the scope.