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Gear Review: Force Recon Tactical Scope Rings, by Sam Millard

Gear Review: Force Recon Tactical Scope Rings, by Sam Millard

 

For a long-range shooter to be consistently effective at distances exceeding a few hundred yards, they must have a scope that allows compensation for bullet drop and wind deflection. Whether a ballistic reticle, adjustable turrets, or a combination of both is used, the shooter needs to know how to manipulate them to make the shot accurately.

The most important condition we have to correct for is gravity pulling the bullet down the instant it leaves the barrel. To correct for this, we elevate the barrel above the target by sighting on a hash mark below the centerline of the crosshair, or more commonly, by dialing the turret up and aiming with the center of the crosshair. To do this accurately, the horizontal portion of the crosshair must stay level and the vertical line plumb. The best way I have found to do this is to mount a stationary bubble level in the rear ring area, indexed and plumb with the crosshair, where it is visible to the shooter while in position for the shot.

The Force Recon Tactical Long Range Scope Rings from Xtreme Hardcore Gear incorporate a built in level in the lower portion of the rear ring and work well for this purpose.  

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Based in Lewiston, Idaho, Xtreme Hardcore Gear manufactures these rings from US sourced 7075 T-6 aircraft aluminum and then hard-coat anodizes them black. The rings provided for testing are the 30MM medium rings, which measure 1.00” from the top of the picatinny rail to the center of the ring bore. The top halves of the rings are skeletonized and clamp down with six T15 head 8-40 screws. The rings weighed 4.9 ounces on my scale. They use two 10-24 crossbolts for attachment to the pic rail, as well as clamp guide rails to align them perfectly with the rail slots. There were no alignment issues while mounting them.

I used the rings with a Savage LRP, Nightforce 20 MOA rail and Nightforce NXS 5.5-22x56 scope. The fit and finish were excellent, with the scope having approximately 1/8” clearance with the heavy taper barrel. Before mounting the scope, I ran my lapping bar through the rings, but concluded it wasn’t needed, with the bar showing even contact on both rings (rail is bedded to rifle action). The fit and finish of these rings are excellent. All edges are smooth, with the ring bores beveled slightly to prevent marking of the scope tube. The rear ring can be mounted with the level to either side of the rail, allowing right or left handed shooters to see the bubble with their non-dominant eye while viewing the target through the scope.

After torqueing the rings to the rail, I confirmed the rear ring was square with the rail with an additional level placed between the rings. I then plumbed the vertical crosshair to the level. To make this easier and ensure accuracy, I cant the rifle slightly and index off the right or left center line in the bubble, rather than centering the bubble between them. With the scope plumb and square with the rail and rings, it’s time to confirm vertical tracking by putting rounds on target.

I marked a plumb line on a target to 36”, with a few level windage lines as well. The scope tracked perfectly up the line as well as to either side. This serves two purposes:  It confirms the scope’s mounting system is solid and true, and it allows me to check the click values and tracking of the scope. 

While field testing, we found the bubble easy enough to see while sighting through the scope. Under very low light conditions, it took a little more effort to focus on the reference lines, most likely because the level isn’t exposed to any light from the top or bottom of the ring. At any rate, it didn’t interfere with the ability to make accurate long range shots at last light.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a set of very high quality rings for your long range rig, you owe it to yourself to check these out. The price point is comparable to other quality rings that require the additional purchase of an add-on bubble level.  You can purchase the the Force Recon Tactical Scope Rings here: Xtreme Hardcore Gear.

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Comments 3

 
Bob Crosby on Monday, 24 November 2014 15:01

I am just wondering how these are in low light conditions?
Bob

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I am just wondering how these are in low light conditions? Bob
Sam Millard on Friday, 28 November 2014 09:25

Hi Bob, the bubble on these rings is a little harder to see in extreme low light conditions than a top mounted bubble, but it certainly wouldn't keep me from making a shot...just takes a little more focus!

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Hi Bob, the bubble on these rings is a little harder to see in extreme low light conditions than a top mounted bubble, but it certainly wouldn't keep me from making a shot...just takes a little more focus!
Bob Crosby on Friday, 28 November 2014 14:53

Thanks Sam, I am interested in checking these rings out in the near future.

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Thanks Sam, I am interested in checking these rings out in the near future.