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Old April 7, 2007, 04:57 PM   #1
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Scope touches barrel. Is that bad?

I have a 50mm objective scope mounted on a Remington 700. The scope as it was mounts just fine, and *just* clears the barrel with medium height rings.

However, today I bought some of those slip-on, flip-up lense covers. I took the scope off and put the covers on, but when I lay the scope in the rings, the scope touches the barrel (slightly) because of the extra thickness of the slip-on protectors.

I haven't installed the tops of the rings yet because I fear this would cause a tension problem, and may have bad effects on accuracy. Will it? Should I keep it as it is, or should I just go ahead and put some higher rings on?
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Old April 7, 2007, 05:00 PM   #2
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I'd not use the flip-up covers, I might look into a screw-on cover for that objective, those can usually be had from the scope manufacturer. That way you don't have to go to higher rings and be further off the bore axis.
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Old April 7, 2007, 05:02 PM   #3
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You don't want it to touch, try grinding a flat spot on the flip up cover.
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Old April 7, 2007, 05:02 PM   #4
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What about a bikini scope cover? $5, problem fixed.
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Old April 7, 2007, 05:22 PM   #5
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If you can find a slo motion video of a gun firing, you will understand that a gun is not as rigid as it may seem. Stuff flexes and things contort that you would not expect to contort. This could and probably would bend or break something if contact where to happen with enough force. Flip up covers are great, I got them on most of my scopes, but , if they touch the barrel as it flops and twitches, they need a trim.
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Old April 7, 2007, 08:37 PM   #6
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I agree... Cut off a small portion of the cover that touches. The scope will flex under firing conditions, it needs to be free floating. The cover is the cheapest part to modify.
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Old April 7, 2007, 09:13 PM   #7
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I had a similar problem with flip-up scope covers.

You don't want to booger up the barrel harmonics by having something touching like a scope.

I went with the bikini scope covers. It was a cheap and effective fix.
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