Ask the Experts: Quick Release Scope Rings

If you would like to have the ability to remove your riflescope in order to take advantage of the rifle’s iron sights, and are looking into quick release scope mounting systems, you’ll want to hear the inside scoop that our expert, Thomas Tabor, gave a Gun World reader. This reader was concerned about the reliability of quick release scope mounting systems when it came to maintaining the same bullet impact after the scope had been removed and remounted. The question that all may want to know is if these mounts can be relied upon to return to the same point of bullet impact? Find out the answer here!

Talley Manufacturing makes quick-detach rings that feature a lever that rotates overhead, rather than latching to the side, and has a minimal-mass approach to lightweight strength. Photo by Talley Mfg.

Thomas Tabor Answers:

Quick release scope mounting systems have been in use for many decades. I remember reading about a system called a “claw-mount” many decades ago that was most often used on dangerous game big bore rifles. These were complicated and heavy affairs that likely cost an arm and leg to purchase.

More recently companies like Burris, Talley, and Weaver have been making systems that weigh no more than traditional scope mounts…and which are both attractive and fairly inexpensive. When these systems first began to appear on the market, like you, I wondered if these systems were capable of retaining the point of bullet impact. I decided to run my own tests on two of these: a set of Warne Maxima Quick Release Mounts and a set of Leupold QRWs. After repeatedly removing and remounting the scopes I found both of these systems were perfectly reliable and always keep the same impact point.

I even carried my testing to a second level by sprinkling a layer of baby powder on the mounting surfaces to try and simulate a layer of dust that you might encounter in the field. Even then the bullet impact points at 100 yards were unchanged. I now have these systems on almost all of my rifles.

Not only can these quick release mounts be beneficial by allowing the shooter to utilize the rifle’s iron sights, they are useful for other purposes as well. The ability to remove the scope while cleaning the firearm has some benefit associate with it. If you ever fly to your hunting destination, being able to remove the scope from the rifle adds a degree of protection to ensure it doesn’t get knocked out of alignment, or worse yet, become damaged in transit. And, some individuals may see some benefit in having two scopes that can be interchanged without needing to sight the rifle in again. Maybe you want a backup scope just in case a scope goes south on you, or maybe you use a rifle for a couple of different shooting applications.

In this latter case the rifle may double as both a long range varmint rifle and a close range deer rifle—then you could have two scopes, each of which has been zeroed to the rifle, that could be interchanged at will.

Tip-off rings come in the same cool configurations as standard rings, like Burris’s QD-Pivot ring that pivots your tactical optic out of the way! Photo by Burris


Thomas Tabor is Gun World’s resident hunting expert, and routinely goes afield in pursuit of turkeys, large game and good stories. He was last seen slipping into the woods on a spring turkey hunting adventure.

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