We can all agree that the Ruger 10/22 rifle is a must-have rifle because of its accuracy and significant range. But the receiver of the Ruger 10/22 gun is made up of aluminum while the screws on it are made of pure steel.
That can leave you with the choice between leaving your scope a bit loose, or peeling off the threads of the receiver. Instead of damaging your rifle with the scope mount that comes included, you should actually consider an upgrade.
The Importance of Scope Mounts and Rings
A good scope mount can make all the difference between hitting the bullseye and missing the target entirely. A scope mount fixes on the receiver of your rifle can help you align your scope with the barrel.
It basically forms the base for your scope. The scope rings are then mounted on the scope mount. A good scope gives you more than enough vision (sometimes) that you can see everything yet focus on the target perfectly. With the right mount and rings, you will be able to keep that view steady and get the accurate shot you need.
Alignment is Key
Before you lock the scope, make sure the alignment of the scope is checked with in respect to the rifle. You can do this by using a level or a slope indicator. After aligning the scope, the screws at the end are bolted in with little nags just to make sure the alignment does not move.
A good scope mount does not move or shift its alignment and keeps itself tightly stuck to the rifle. Good rings on a stable mount hold the scope in place while allowing you to pull the scope back as much as possible to have enough eye rest.
What You Should Look Out For
When you are planning to buy a scope mount or ring, look out for its weight. One of the most common mistakes made by Ruger 10/22 rifle owners when they are buying scope mounts and rings is that they totally forget about the weight. If you are wanting to add on a good scope on your rifle, it will have to weigh quite a weight so to speak.
The scope mount and rings are will add on a bit more to the overall weight as well. That will be more weight for you to hold while you are in a shooting position. You do not want to compromise the performance of the scope or its stability.
However, if you are to add a lot of weight to your Ruger 10/22 gun, holding it steady will be a big problem. Hence, instead of buying heavier scope mounts and scope rings you will need lighter and yet stronger mounts. The can be achieved by using the high quality weaver type aluminum mounts.
On top of that, most mounts tend to become loose over a period of time. This can range anywhere from as little as a few hours of shooting to as long as possible. The reason behind the screws becoming loose is not fixable just with Loctite or thread lock.
It is about the kind of material you are using as a scope mount. Loctite and thread lock do help in the long run. However, there is a limit to what they can do too.
What Professionals Use
If you wish to become a professional, you can either learn from one or follow what they do. A few scope mounts don’t even fit perfectly on the Ruger 10/22 rifle to begin with.
Instead of giving you better control at your aim, a few types of scope mounts messes it up instead. A miss-aligned scope and barrel is one of the leading reasons behind it.
Upgrading Your Ruger 10/22 Scope and Rings: The Benefits
Are you thinking of swapping out the stock scope and rings on your Ruger 10/22 guns and rifles? If you are still unsure of committing, we have outlined some of the best reasons as to why you should just go ahead and just do it.
Better View and Accuracy
This is perhaps one of the most obvious reasons – let’s be honest. The stock scope and rings (or a cheap 1” tube) may be the inexpensive route. However, if you are planning to do more than shooting cans in your yard, you will be needing something else better.
You will never know what you are missing until you have a better view. It’s kind of like a a person saying they do not need prescription glasses. They may still be able to see, however, just not as clear as having one.
Not Needing to Spend a Lot
It is true that there are some scopes we will all love to wake up to on Christmas mornings. However, they do not all have to cost you a great deal of money. We have come across scopes on our lists that costs hardly more than a fancy dinner out for 2 persons.
At the same time, we’d dare say that some of the more affordable scopes will feed and last your better in the long run too.
Some of the most common reasons why people do not upgrade their scopes or rings (or end up with a cheap replacement) is that they are easy to replace. Oftentimes, those replacements are the cheap, low-quality scopes and rings.
We are very sure you will not want to keep doing that. For a few bucks more, go get yourself something that can last. Or one that even offers a lifetime warranty.
Are you someone who shoots in low-light conditions? Have you ever find yourself switching from short range to long range? Whatever your needs are, each scope provides special features. Your stock options are a “1 size fits all” option where the only advantage is being included on your weapon when you get it.
How To Install Your Mounts and Rings
The scope mounts have slots where the base of the rings are fitted. However, the rings should not be mounted until the scope mount is secured. This is done so by using thread locks.
Apply sufficient enough thread locks and drive the screws in. You do not want to go too hard. Otherwise, you will end up peeling the threads on the receiver.
Then, let the thread lock dry and leave the rifle aside for 6 hours to 8 hours. Once you have made sure that the mount will not move, you can fix and tighten up the rings on it. The scope is then placed between the rings.
If you do not understand how that works, or if you are a visual person, watch the video below to give you a better understanding.
The Best Ruger 10/22 Scope Mounts and Rings
Now that we have gotten over with the criteria and all, let’s have a look at some of the best scope mounts and rings available on the market currently. As you go through each one, it is important to note all the characteristics and features.
That way you will have a good idea of which one may be the closest to your ideal scope mount.
1. Tactical Solutions Ruger 10/22 Picatinny Scope Mount
Plenty of new gun owners and users who have bought this scope mount before mentioned how they are very happy and satisfied with it. They said they are able to attach their scope of choice with ease.
One user even mentioned how he has a rifle scope that has some long eye relief and needed a mount with enough space for him to use it to his advantage. This mount gave him exactly what he needed.
The scope mount is long enough to take on may rifle scopes. Even some of the Ruger 10/22 rifles pack a mighty punch when it comes to recoil. Hence, it will take a certain scope mount to accept certain scopes that can prevent that dreaded scope eye from happening (for example: long eye relief scope).
The mount itself is made from high-quality aluminum, which is proven to be super durable and impervious to any impact.
At the same time, this is a very lightweight, aluminum scope that fits perfectly on your Ruger 10/22 rifle. The scope mount is so light that you do not even feel the difference in the weight of the rifle. It does not move at all, which gives you a superior stability for the scope. And your aim too.
The holders in this one are at the edge of the mount instead of thorough. This gives it a great look. It is notched at various points so you can have the freedom to lock down rings. You can even lock down the scope too at any given time.
This scope will most probably be attached to a lot of Ruger 10/22 rifles that can be used for hunting. A lot of rifle scopes are designed for hunting big games anyway. Furthermore, they are a bit too long for a lot of scope mounts. Hence, this is where the Tactical Solutions Picatinny Scope Mount shines the brightest.
Some people mentioned that despite this scope being one of the best on the market, it does not mean it is without any downsides. There are a few improvements to be done – such as how some additional screws can be included in the event of the rail not staying in its rightful place.
At the same time, the original set of screws may not be in the best shape either. Even almost to the point of not being able to secure the rifle properly.
The Tactical Solutions Picatinny Scope Mount has proven itself to be one of the most reliable scope mount for almost any Ruger 10/22 guns. Choose this one and you can depend on it. You can be sure that you can easily attach it to this very mount.
2. Weigand Combat Ruger 10/22 Tactical Picatinny Scope Mount
In recent years, this scope is a hit with a lot of buyers. A lot of gun owners are able to attach their favorite rifle scopes to it in just a few minutes. Once all has been said and done, they are able to see a boost in accuracy with their own Ruger 10/22 rifles. Generally, they are also satisfied with the quality and ease of installation process of the scope mount itself.
We should mention once again that you are dealing with a scope mount that is also long enough to take on almost any kind of rifle scope that many average mounts fail to take on. This may include scopes with longer eye relief (similar to scout scopes).
Besides all of that, if you desire a scope mount that will reduce the risk of scope eye (that is why eye relief exists in the first place) then this is a big example of that kind of mount.
This Weigand Combat Scope Mount is made of an aluminum compound instead of pure and soft aluminum. The aluminum material provides it with longer durability and greater rigidity. The roles in the scope mount are aligned perfectly with the receiver on the rifle.
The scope accepts both Picantinny and weaver style rings. It has a slightly higher elevation at the bottom that results in better alignment of the scope with its barrel.
This will stand out as one of the best scope mounts that can be used for any kinds of purpose. You can choose to use it for target shooting, hunting, and similar activities. Since it will have the ability to accept many scopes that can be accepted on either a Weaver or Picantinny rail, it makes things a lot easier to use.
A possible improvement idea will be to add on another set of pre-drilled holes. It can add some guesswork, however it can also give you a better chance of fitting more scopes. Some of those scopes will not be properly aligned with the mount itself. However, another set of additional holes can fix that problem for you.
If you have a Weaver compatible scope or something that can easily fit on a Picantinny rail, then this Weigand Combat 10/22 scope mount may just be exactly what you are looking for. No matter what your purpose for the scope mount is, you will have a mount that will hold a scope firmly in place and prevent any kind of wiggle room from happening.
3. Dlask Arms
This is another scope mount on the market that is a big hit with a lot of gun owners and gun buyers recently. As soon as they have attached their scopes, they noticed how there are no wiggle rooms at all.
Which is good, because that means your scope will not un-attach itself when you are shooting rounds. A user mentioned how the scope mount is so tough that after nearly 100 rounds of shoot-out, his 0 settings stayed in place. He expects it to be the same after 1000 rounds too.
It is reported that this scope mount is by far one of the more affordable scope mounts currently on the market. However, it does work like it wants to have a higher price tag.
That means if you are looking for something that is affordable but has a high-end performance and quality to it, then you know for sure that this scope mount is a must-have. Especially when you want to save money without sacrificing any quality.
Dlask Arms’ Scope Mount is another tough aluminum-based scope mount. The scope has a Picantinny slot for easier and quicker adjustments on the rings as needed. The scope mount extents over its barrel for longer eye relied. Either that or it can be reversed for shorter eye relief.
The scope mount has 3 levels of adjustments and great flexibility, allowing a great variety of scopes. It can be used across many applications. Henc,e if you hunt, shoot targets, compete in shooting competitions or similar events, this scope mount can serve you the best in the long run.
It is considered sturdy enough and can handle most rifle scopes that can work with any Ruger 10/22 rifles on the market.
This Dlask Arms scope can have the potential to at least accept Weaver-style scopes. It can only accept scopes that are compatible with a Picantinny rail. For a scope mount to be this affordable, it also has the potential to be versatile too.
If you are looking for a scope that is affordable, sturdy, and can keep a lot of scopes in place safely, then this Dlask Arms Ruger 10/22 Scope Mount will be something that you should be looking into. It may have a reasonably-priced price tag, but don’t ignore it for something that is cheap and flimsy.
In conclusion, we can say that if you are looking for better aim, you will need a great scope. However, you will need to be sure that scope is properly supported by its mount and rings. You cannot (and should not) compromise on the quality of scope mount or rings just to reduce your gun’s overall weight.
Even a good scope will perform poorly without a good mount too. A great mount can (and will) keep you custom Ruger 10/22 looking great and more importantly help you with avery accurate aim!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) some gun owners and gun users may have.
Q: What are some of the best Ruger 10/22 Scopes?
There are plenty of very good scopes on the market currently. Tactical Solutions is one of the best in the market for producing scopes. Or have a look into Dlask Arms and Weigand Combat at the same time.