Rings hold more power than one might think. Even though Middle-earth is but a fiction, rings still might influence lives and even alter destinies. We are not going to elaborate on the joys of marriage but rather turn our Great Eye on rings that hold things precious to every hunter. Riflescopes.
Scope rings are means to hold your optics in place. These two pieces of equipment, placed on your rail or base, host your scope, securing it on top of your rifle. Having a reliable mount is essential to the whole shooting process, as even the best scope will prove worthless if mounted poorly.
When choosing scope rings, it is important to consider two things: scope tube diameter and base compatibility.
Every scope needs a matching ring. A 30mm ring mount won’t fit scopes with a 34mm tube diameter. Product descriptions usually contain these measurements, so make sure to check them out before making a purchase.
Compatibility is another issue: Picatinny-style rings won’t fit Weaver-style bases, whereas Weaver rings can fit both bases. Choose a set of rings that match your base to avoid unnecessary spending.
There are thousands of rings out there, and choosing a good pair might be challenging. To assist you in your search, we’ve compiled a list of the 7 best 1-inch scope rings.
1. Talley Remington 700 1-Piece Hi Base & Extension 1in Ring Set (95X700)
This set of rings will make for a perfect partner for your Remington 700, 721, 721, 725, or 40X. They lack the common disadvantage of the majority of scope rings: these mounts don’t need to be aligned as the unique design leaves no joint between the scope and the rifle. It prevents the loose connection between rings and the base, eliminating possible misalignment-caused issues. Such a design also helps the construction to remain stable against recoil, which can easily destabilize your scope from its intended position after several rounds.CNC machined aluminum alloy makes this scope rings durable without adding excessive bulk. This set of high horizontal rings is sure to hold your scope tightly.
2. Leupold RM CZ 527 1in Medium Matte Ring Mount (177363)
Being the creation of the renowned Leupold brand, these scope rings are an excellent addition to their optical devices. This set will fit rimfire rifles with 11mm and 3/8″ Dovetail bases. Made from steel, these horizontal ring mounts are sturdy and robust, while weighing no more than 4.4oz. They are designed to sit at medium height, which is naturally the middle ground between low-profile mounts and high-scope rings. If you are an owner of a rimfire rifle with a dovetail base, these rings are made just for you.
3. Warne Mountain Tech 1 inch High Matte Rings (7202M)
Warne ranks among the most dedicated producers that specialize exclusively in scope bases and mounts. These rings feature three different layers of alloys with various properties. CNC machined aluminum platform is lightweight and durable, while hardcoat anodized finish protects the scope from corrosion and abrasion. Scope rings’ hardware is made from steel, providing resistance against the elements. This set of rings can be mounted on both Weaver and Picatinny mounts, which adds versatility to the list of benefits. This particular model has a high profile, so if you like your scope above the medium, this is a way to go. These are the best 1-inch high scope rings on the list.
4. Talley Aluminum 1in Kimber 8400 Medium Black Base/Ring (940840)
Another item by an industry major player, Talley. This brand specializes in mounting systems, so the quality of their rings is beyond any doubt. Designed specifically to fit 8400 Magnum Rifles, this set of rings is lightweight yet robust. They share the design of the already mentioned Talley set of rings, to be more precise, its anti-misalignment part. These rings mount leaving no joint between the scope and the base, which comes in very handy in terms of alignment. To be more precise, the lack of necessity to align those yourself. Hardcoat black anodized aluminum makes the construction light yet robust.
5. Talley Low 1in Rimfire Rings for CZ 452 European (22CZRL)
These are low-profile scope rings that inherited all the best features of their relatives. CNC machined 7000 series aluminum makes the rings durable without adding extra bulk. Rigid design ensures there are no gaps between the scope and the rail. The aluminum is anodized, which increases the resistance against corrosion and wear and prolongs the life of the product. They are designed for 1mm Dovetail bases and fit CZ 452 European, 455, 457, 512, and 513. These rings sit as low as 0.35in, so should you prefer low-profile mounts, this is a valid option to consider.
6. Warne Maxima 1in Medium Matte Rings for Ruger (1RM)
This set of rings is another Warne creation that has some unique features up its sleeve. First of all, these rings attach to your rifle for all eternity or until destruction do them apart. Seriously, these ring mounts are attached permanently, so like swans who choose a soulmate for their whole life, these rings won’t go away once they are attached. But that should not be the reason to avoid them. These steel mounts weigh as much as 5.6oz but offer increased strength and durability instead. They securely mount around the scope with 4 Torx style T-15 socket cap screws, holding the scope in one place. Another feature that sets these rings apart from the rest is the ability to be mounted right into the receiver’s dovetail, so there is no need for a separate mounting base. These medium-profile rings fit Ruger Blackhawk and Redhawk models.
7. Talley Lightweight X-Bolt 1in High Hells Canyon Scope Mount (HC950735)
Last but not least, Talley rings conclude our tier-7 list of scope ring mounts. It is loaded with features that we’ve already observed in other products of Talley: CNC machined 7000 aluminum, design that leaves no gaps between the scope and rifle, light weight and durability, you know it all. The first and obvious distinction is the color: Hells Canyon surface makes these rings stand out from the crowd of black mounts. If you like accessories with a more atypical appearance, this might be what you are looking for. These rings fit Browning X-Bolt rifles and include additional attachment screws and an Allen wrench.