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isn’t going to happen, so make sure that everything fits properly as it should and you won’t have any problems.


Leupold (below) make some very good bases which utilize their own version of QD rings which have a stem-like base on them. The scope is lined up at 90 degrees with the front hole of the base and is then rotated until the rear ring locates inside the slot at the back. A screw is then inserted and tightened-


Choosing & using sights by Gwyn Roberts


The optics used are either a 6 – 25x56 30mm tube scope with Warne QD mounts or a Hakko 45mm red dot and I use this to shoot all of the action matches. The rifle I use for the precision-type matches is around a medium-weight with a neutral balance and is fitted with a 12.5 inch barrel, a 1 inch 5 – 20x scope and a very light trigger, which means that I can shoot it all day without getting tired out.


up locking everything into place. I have used these several times in the past with 100% success rate of them returning to zero. These would definitely be my choice if I wanted to swap scopes quickly and accurately - the only downside to them being that you can only mount something like a Tasco PDP3 red-dot scope with a 25 or 30mm tube-type body using this system, as they don’t provide rings to fit the larger 40 or 50mm versions or one of the screen-type dots.


The second but more expensive option is to simply have two rifles with one set up for precision type shooting and the other for the faster action-type matches and whilst it may sound a little excessive to some people, it’s what a lot of us used to do back in the pistol days. For example, I have a heavier weighted 22 rifle (with the bias being at the front end) which is fitted with a stainless 16 inch compensated barrel, a mover base, barricade wings, a weight- adjustable stock and a heavier single-stage trigger.


My 44 Bianchi lever-action rifle has a 2.5 -10x scope complete with mover base and wings etc. and the trigger releases at around 2lbs. My second 44 is set up with a 45mm red-dot scope and a 2lb trigger for shooting the Man v Man and Steels type competitions whilst the heavy weight 44 I use for shooting the Precision based events has a modified fore end, 6 – 25 x 56 30mm tube scope and a 1lb trigger.


My LBRs and LBPs are also set-up to shoot the two different types of matches and I have gone down this route due to the amount of competitions that I shoot at either the Phoenix or the Nationals. It’s a lot easier just to pick up a couple of guns out of the boot and go and shoot them and then pick up some more and go and shoot some different types of matches, rather than spending half my time trying to swap scopes around and remember which one goes with which gun.


There is also the added bonus of having a spare gun to hand that is already sighted in (albeit with a different magnification scope) should an optic or other major component fail on my main gun during a weekend’s competition. This has happened to both myself and others on various occasions over the years both at home and abroad and having a spare gun on the day has certainly proved invaluable at the time and is well worth considering if you can manage it!


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