Hello all, I'm 2 months into Sako rifle ownership and have been Sako obsessive since the purchase. I picked up an AV in .270 win, it shoots fantasic, looks beautiful, I absolutely love it!! It came with a scope with Leupold High Rings on it which I have taken off as I'd like something I can mount as low as possible for the best cheek welk / fit for me. I've created a serious brain cramp with my search to try and find the right combination of scope and ring height. I've found a lot of great info on this site. Rifle will primarily be used for elk and deer hunting. Here's what I've narrowed it down to so far:
Leupold Low Mounts, .234" from the base = Can fit a Leupold VX3 2.5-8x36. Other option would be Zeiss Conquest 2.5-8x36.
Leupold Medium Mounts, .359" from the base: Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40 or Leupold VX3 3.5-10x40
Sako Original Factory LOW rings, .0938" from the base. These are by far the lowest rings, not sure what size scope would fit on them, but when I placed a Leupold 2.5-8x36 on Leupold low rings, there still seemed to be room to go lower.
Conetrols? Look nice, not sure the height yet, but looks like they can go pretty low.
I've looked through a Zeiss Conquest on a cloudy day and wow was I impressed. The Leup VX3 is a great scope too, and the 2.5-8x36 is one that will fit on low mounts. Also had a chance to purchase an old Zeiss 3-9x36 Diavari made in Germany. Didn't get to look through it, but the 36mm objective would fit lows, and I even though its old, I'm guessing the optics are still top notch.
Any insight, suggestions, and opinions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!