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This afternoon I mounted a Vortex scope on my Ruger Hawkeye.
The scope has a 30mm tube and the rings are Ruger 30mm High (5 and 6).
When the rings are tightened there is no gap between the top and bottom halves of the rings.
The scope feels tight but I haven’t tried shooting it yet.

Is this going to be an issue going forward?

If so, what is the recommended fix?


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Nice rifle!

First, I've never seen that problem in about 10 sets of Ruger rings.
Is the gap (or lack of gap) the same on both sides of the scope?

Check the scope tube with calipers to see what actual size it is?

This is my 30mm Vortex in Ruger #5 and #6 rings, it's got less than 1/16" gap on both sides of both rings. Probably the perfect amount of clearance IMO.
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When I mount a scope I will put carboard or something in the gaps on both sides to hold them open and hopefully even, then pull that out when the rings are close to tight.
You have to ensure you get the gap close to the same on both sides.
 

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The gap is the same on both sides. Essentially no gap.


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This afternoon I mounted a Vortex scope on my Ruger Hawkeye.
The scope has a 30mm tube and the rings are Ruger 30mm High (5 and 6).
When the rings are tightened there is no gap between the top and bottom halves of the rings.
The scope feels tight but I haven’t tried shooting it yet.

Is this going to be an issue going forward?

If so, what is the recommended fix?


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Shim scope tube if it's not giving you the "gap" you would like .
You can use a strip of slightly heavy clear weather-seal tape , place on rings or scope tube to provide the extra space / grip you need , Use an interior / exterior rated sealing tape in case you hunt in rain , Home Depot , Frost King clear plastic weather seal tape for windows and doors ... or something like it .
Some smith's use thin brass sheet stock cut into strips ... adhesive tape is easier to get .
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did you use a torque wrench when you tightened them?
 

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Might want to also make sure the scope tube didn't compress slightly too. Some Vortex models are known for having thin tubes and not being able to take a lot of torque on the scope rings. I think they even say something like 17 inch pounds which is lower than the normal 20-25 most recommend.
 

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Might want to also make sure the scope tube didn't compress slightly too. Some Vortex models are known for having thin tubes and not being able to take a lot of torque on the scope rings. I think they even say something like 17 inch pounds which is lower than the normal 20-25 most recommend.
exactly - without a torque wrench, the tube can be crushed from overtightening
 
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