Instructions on How to Use the Scope Ring Finder
The scope ring finder was designed to ensure that the rings, base/mount, and lens cap will all work together for your rifle/scope combo. The design of this takes into account things like the diameter of your scope, the size of your ocular and objective lens, attachments and capabilities of your rifle, and more to select rings, bases, and caps that will work perfectly. Furthermore, the Scope Ring Finder will also find the cheapest rings and mounts online.
Using the Scope Ring Finder is very simple. Just use the following steps:
Step 1: Select your scope
- Choose the Brand and then the Model
Step 2: Select your rifle
- Choose the Brand and then the model of your rifle
Step 3: Select the interface you intend to use for your rifle
- The interface is the system by which the rings and the base meet
- Our system will only show you interfaces in the drop down that are options for your firearm
- If you’re not sure which to choose, here is a quick recommendation:
- For tactical or target rifles, choose Picatinny
- For hunting or lightweight rifles, choose Integral
- For rimfire rifles, choose Dovetail
If, however, you’d like to learn more about what goes into selecting scope rings, bases and interfaces manually, you can check out our full guide here. However, we warn you, it’s an intensive research project.
Selecting Scope Interface Mounts
In step 3, we ask for you to select the interface. This is basically asking you how you’d like the rings and your base to connect. There are many different interfaces out there. Many are obsolete or useless. If you’re not sure of which ones you should choose, here is a table to help you choose the right interface, based on how you intend to use the rifle:
|Dovetail (recommended)||Best for rimfire rifles like 22LR|
|Picatinny (recommended)||Best for target or tactical rifles like AR-15|
|Integral (recommended)||Best for hunting rifles|
|Weaver||A popular interface for hunting rifles as well|
|STD||An older interface that is rarely used. Only select if your older gun needs it|
|QR||An obscure interface for safari rifles. Only select if your older gun needs it|
|Dual Dovetail||Dual Dovetail|
An older interface that is rarely used. Only select if your older gun needs it
If you’d like to learn more about the different types of interfaces and mounts out there, you can check out our full guide here.
What is Next with Your Scope
Okay, so assuming you used the above tool to purchase your scope rings, bases, and potentially a cap. Now, you’ll need to consider how to mount, zero and adjust your scope. Furthermore there is more to learn about these steps as well. Below are guides we created at Gun University to help not only get your scope ready and set, but also improve your long range shooting and get the most out of your scope/rifle combo.
How to Mount a Rifle Scope: In this article, we show you the step-by-step process to mounting your scope to your firearm and ensuring it is done properly. You can check that out here.
How to Zero or Sight in a Rifle Scope: Once you have it attached, you’ll need to make sure it is zero’ed in so that it
How to Adjust a Rifle Scope: Once you have it zero’ed in, you’ll need to make adjustments so as to better hit your target for different ranges. This guide will help you better understand this process and ensure you’re ready.
What is MOA: When it comes to long range shooting, measurements in adjustment is key. This helps you to better understand how to adjust your scope. One of those measurements in Minute of Angle or MOA. This guide will help you better understand MOA and how to use it.
What are MILs: Another measurement that is used in scope adjustment is Milliradians or MILs. Therefore, to better understand this and how it compares to MOA, be sure to check out this guide as well.
List of Best Scopes
Also, if you are looking for a scope, or haven’t quite figured out which scope you’d like for your particular rifle, we have you covered. There really isn’t such a thing as an ultimate ‘best’ scope. Instead, there are excellent scopes for different situations. For example, what would make a great scope for hunting small animals, wouldn’t exactly be the best scope for hunting large animals.
Therefore, start by asking yourself what you’ll be using that rifle for, and then check out our list below to see which group best fits your needs. Then you can find out the best scope for your purpose: