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Which Scope Mounts Do I Need ? 

Sportsmatch scope mounts will Optimize your Accuracy by offering a totally solid hold between your rifle and scope ensuring that your scope and therefore your point of impact will not move. However, we have over 70 models of ring mounts in our range so here is a brief guide to help you choose the best scope mount for your rifle and scope combination.  PLEASE BE AWARE THAT CHINESE MADE COPIES OF OUR PRODUCTS THAT USE A SIMILAR NAME ARE BEING MARKETED BY SEVERAL LEADING OPTICS DISTRIBUTORS.  GENUINE BRITISH MADE SPORTSMATCH QUALITY SCOPE MOUNTS WITH A LIFETIME GURANTEE CAN BE IDENTIFIED BY THE CIRCULAR BLUE MARK


Which Rifles / Air Rifles do Sportsmatch Scope Rings Fit ?

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Which Scopes do Sportsmatch Scope Rings Fit ?
Athlon Alpha Optics Aimpoint Adco Barska Bauer Bushnell Bering BSA Burris Carson Centrepoint DD Optics Delta Docter Falcon Hawke IOR Kahles Kaps Konus Leapers Leica Leupold Luna Luger March Meopta Minox MTC Newcon Nightforce Nikon Nikko Sterling Optisan Pecar Redfield Richter Sabre Schmidt & Bender Sellmark Sightmark Sightron Simmons Steiner Sunscope Sun Optics Swarovski Swift Tasco UTG Vortex Walther Weaver Yukon Zeiss and many more !   

1 Piece or 2 Piece Scope Rings ? 
Where possible we recommend you use a Sportsmatch® One Piece Scope Mount. However certain models of rifle including most pre-charged pneumatic (pcp) precision air rifles and the majority of bolt action centrefire rifles do not allow the use of a One Piece Scope Mount as the breech would be obscured.  Sportsmatch® Two Piece Mounts can be used for such rifles. They are high quality, tough, dependable and like all Sportsmatch® scope mounts they are made in Great Britain and 'Guaranteed for Life.      

Dovetail Width
Around 95% of air rifles and rimfire rifles have integral 11mm / 3/8" dovetails or grooves machined into the receiver or cylinder.  We offer an extremely comprehensive range of 3/8" / 11mm scope rings including fully adjustable versions which even feature lateral adjustment for precision dovetail centering.

We also offer scope mounts with wider dovetail / grooves such as our 13mm series which fit most modern BSA air rifle scope rails. Our 15mm versions suit Tikka T3 / T3x and CZ527 centrefire rifle receivers as well as our 17mm version which suits CZ550, CZ557 rifles and Parker Hale bases. Some confusion can occur as most rifle manufacturers state the dovetail width of their rifles at the widest point as this is the easiest to measure but some people use the measurement from the narrowest point.  If you are unsure if our ringmounts will fit your rifle please contact us. Many centrefire rifles have a Picatinny / Weaver rail which is wider and a different angle to most dovetails. We offer scope mounting solutions for this common system also.

Rifle Scope Body Tube Diameter
The most common rifle scopes feature a 1 inch (25.4mm) diameter body tube but 30mm and more recently 34mm versions are becoming increasingly common. Before choosing your scope mount you will need to know which body tube diameter your rifle scope has.  Please note that it is quite common for 1" rifle scopes to be refered to as 25mm but they do require 1" scope mounts. 

Height of Scope Mount Required
In each product catergory we state a maximum (upto) objective lens diameter dimension. Due to both rifle and scope designs varying this can only be used as a guide. If you are unsure that the height of the Sportsmatch scope mount you have chosen will be sufficient to clear your rifle scopes objective lens from the barrel of your rifle, we suggest (prior to purchase) you check.  The way you calculate the clearance is by halving the overall outside diameter of your rifle scopes objective lens and then deducting half the rifle scopes body tube diameter.  For scopes with a 1" diameter body tube diameter this would mean deducting 12.7mm and 15mm for scopes with a 30mm diameter body tube.  This dimension then gives the figure comparible with the 'A' dimension that is shown below. The amount our 'A' dimension is greater than the figure you have calculated is the amount of clearance your scopes objective lens will be clear of your rifles barrel (dont forget to allow around 2mm for the scope covers). Calculating your rifle scopes clearance in this way does assume your dovetail or Picatinny rail is not raised above or below your rifles barrel.  Please consider that rifles with grooved receivers such as some models of airgun and .22 rimfire will mean the scope sits lower than a rifle with a raised dovetail or Picatinny base fitted.  Something else to consider is that some rifles with a high or adjustable cheek pieces may require high or extra scope mounts so that your eye is in line with the rifle scope and your head is kept in an upright comfortable position.

Dampa mounts / Scope Damage - Protection 
The recoil produced by some rifles and in particular spring piston and gas ram precision air rifles is sufficient to damage even a good quality rifle scopes internal mechanism and even break the reticule.  Some shooters suffer with several broken reticules in an attempt to mount a rifle scope on their chosen rifle.  The solution is a Sportsmatch 'Dampa Mount' which features precision machined slideway and high grade rubber bushes which allow the rifle scope to move slightly but return to precisely the same position and therefore not transmit the recoil to the rifle scope.  There are 3 models available to suit rifle scopes with a 1" or 30mm body tube diameter and a version to suit Picatinny rails.

Adjustable / Angled Scope Mounts
Some air rifles have a drooping barrel so the rifle scopes adjustment will almost certainly not be sufficient meaning the shooter will not be able to zero in their rifle.  It is impossible to know in advance whether your rifle / scope combination will suffer from this problem as there are several variables such as a rifles integral dovetail grooves on the receiver not being aligned with the barrel.  Another reason to use an adjustable air rifle scope mount is to optically centre your rifle scope.  This is done by winding the elevation and windage turrets to the centre of their adjustment.  The rifle can then be roughly zeroed in using the scope mounts with only the final precise movement of the point of impact being carried out on the rifle scopes turrets.  Another reason to use an adjustable scope mount is when shooting at long range such as F class centre fire rifle target shooting or even long range vermin shooting with a rimfire rifle.

How Much Should I Tighten the Screws on my Scope Mount ?
Ring screws (4mm thread diameter) - 30 in/lbs.  Dovetail clamp screws with 4mm thread diameter - 42 in/lbs.  Dovetail clamp screws with 5mm thread diameter - 66 in/lbs.  Rail clamp on Picatinny / Weaver scope mounts - 40 in/lbs.  Due to many variables these figures can only be used as a guide.  In extreme cases some particularly heavy recoiling rifles may require higher levels of torque to be applied to the dovetail clamp screws only.  To avoid damaging the fasteners on your scope mount please only use the allen key supplied or a suitable torque wrench.     

Scope Mount Specifications

For full details of our range of Quality Scope Mounts please refer to the colour key and diagram below then click on the appropriate coloured box to find the best scope mount for you rifle.

Product DimensionsV2 Please note 'A' dimension is to the nearest millimeter
      

Air Rifle / Rimfire Rifle 1" Scope Mounts (3/8" dovetails)   Weaver / Picatinny 1" Scope Rings
 RedBox1" Diameter Body Tube Low Range For 11mm dovetails up to 32mm lens diameter (on most rifles) Includes removable arrestor pin .    OrangeBox1" Diameter Body Tube Medium Suitable for all Weaver / Picatinny rails Up to 50mm lens diameter (on most rifles)
 BlueBox1" Diameter Body Tube Medium Range For 11mm dovetails up to 45mm lens diameter (on most rifles) Includes removable arrestor pin.     BrownBox31" Diameter Body Tube High Range Suitable for all Weaver / Picatinny rails upto 56mm lens diameter (on most rifles)
    Weaver / Picatinny 30mm & AR15 Scope Rings
 LiteGreenBox1" Diameter Body Tube High Range For 11mm dovetails up to 56mm lens diameter(on most rifles) Includes removable arrestor pin    squares pink30mm Diameter Body Tube Medium Range Suitable for all Weaver / Picatinny rails. Includes square section high tensile steel arrestor bolt. Up to 50mm lens diameter (on most rifles)
Air Rifle / Rimfire Rifle 30mm Scope Mounts (3/8" dovetails)    
PinkBox30mm Diameter Body Tube Medium Range For 11mm dovetails up to 44mm lens diameter (on most rifles)     PurpleBox30mm Diameter Body Tube High Range Suitable for all Weaver / Picatinny rails. Includes square section high tensile steel arrestor bolt. Up to 56mm lens diameter (on most rifles).
     
LightBlueBox  30mm Diameter Body Tube High Range For 11mm dovetails up to 56mm lens diameter (on most rifles) Includes removable arrestor pin.    DarkGreenerBoxAR15 Extended Scope Ring. Suitable for all Weaver / Picatinny Rails upto 50mm lens diameter (on most rifles)
     
 BSA Air Rifle / CZ452 American Scope Mounts   Tikka / CZ Centerfire 1" Scope Mounts   
YellowBox 13mm Dovetail Range For 13mm Dovetails e.g. most modern BSA air rifles and early Weihrauch HW35. Includes removable arrestor pin.    WhiteBox1" Diameter Body Tube Medium Range For 15mm and 17mm dovetails up to 50mm lens diameter (on most rifles) Includes removable arrestor pin.
    Gold Coloured boxes1" Diameter Body Tube High Range For 15mm and 17mm dovetails up to 56mm lens diameter (on most rifles) Includes removable arrestor pin

     

 Air Rifle / Rimfire Rifle 34mm Scope Mounts (3/8" dovetails)   Tikka / CZ Centerfire 30mm Scope Mounts

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34mm Diameter Body Tube High Range For 11mm dovetails up to 60mm lens diameter (on most rifles) Includes removable arrestor pin.
  Coloured boxes mauve 30mm Diameter Body Tube Medium Range For 15mm and 17mm dovetails up to 50mm lens diameter (on most rifles) Includes removable arrestor pin.
    GreyBox30mm Diameter Body Tube High Range For 15mm and 17mm dovetails up to 56mm lens diameter (on most rifles) Includes removable arrestor pin.
 
  Scope Mount Accessories

  BlackBoxTorch Mounts, Spirit Level Kits, Adapter Rails etc. All raising rails and adapter rails include a removable arrestor pin
     
     

 

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quote marks2I've been shooting for over 20 years and still have the first pair of Sportsmatch mounts I ever bought. They have been on numerous air rifles and rimfires and are still going strong and holding scopes securely and true. All but one of my rifles has Sportsmatch mounts and I'm now even using weaver mounts from yourselves on my centrefire rifles. You are a brand that I always recommend above all others to people shooting, keep up the good work! Garrick Nelson - England