Near MFG picatinny vs Optilock Bases

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  1. d31t

    d31t Member

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    So, I have a Sako 85 Finnlight with optilock bases and 1" rings. Looking to mount a scope with a 34mm tube.

    I have 34mm nightforce rings on the scope that mount to a picatinny rail.

    So, what would you recommend?

    Optilock bases with Spuhr 34mm rings ($175) (or any other 34mm rings compatible with optilock bases?)

    OR

    Near MFG picatinny rail ($195) with 34mm Nightforce rings.


    Cost is a wash at $20 difference in my opinion.
     

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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    A scope with a 34mm tube on a Sako Finnlight? Isn't that defeating the purpose of having an extra lightweight sporter?
     
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    I'm partial to Optilock bases and rings, mostly due to the self aligning plastic inserts.

    But I also like Near's work.

    It's a hard one.

    If the Near requires drilling and taping, I'd probably use Optilock bases and Spuhr rings. Mainly because I like my actions without extra holes in them. Then again, it's an 85, so not a collectable.

    Sorry for not giving you a clear answer...
     
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    Yes, I suppose it does defeat the purpose. Maybe I’m looking to tame the recoil of 270 wsm with the mass of the scope? That said, it is a Leupold Mark 6, so…not super heavy?
     
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    I believe the Near picatinny base is a press fit. No drilling, tapping or screws. I don’t think the 34mm rings would come with the plastic inserts, so that pushes me towards a Near base.
     
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