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Old June 2nd, 2014, 05:13 AM   #1
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Hawkeye 308

I just purchased a new Hawkeye .308. It is laminated with the matte stainless steel 22' barrel. It may have just been discontinued by Ruger.
I want to mount a Leupold 50mm scope on it.
Will I need to get higher rings than normal?
Will I need two new rings or just one?
Any suggestions?
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Old June 7th, 2014, 04:08 PM   #2
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My opinion is that a 50mm objective lens scope is a little too much for the 22 inch barreled Hawkeye. But I could see some advantages of such a scope in poor light at high magnification. The mount/rings provided are a medium front and a high back and using these might result in a tight fit or having the scope hit the barrel.

Using a high front and extra high rear would work but would position your scope real high. Various ring manufactures in addition to Ruger make ring mounts that will work on a Hawkeye and heights of each ring can be had that will enable selection of the right ring.

You will need 2 rings, Ruger rings come as 1 ring and you need to buy 2, a lower front and a higher rear but must be matched accordingly - like medium front and high rear, or low front and medium rear. Leupold and Burris make rings that will fit a Hawkeye and these come as matched pairs. Be careful not to buy rings intended for 77/22's or Mini 14's as these rings are of the same height.
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Old June 7th, 2014, 06:25 PM   #3
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What kind of range/yards to you plan to shoot?

I just did this today (Sat June 7).

You might take a look at: OpticsPlanet.com | Low Prices, Free S&H on Binoculars, Sunglasses, Night Vision Goggles, Riflescopes, Flashlights, Rangefinders - Hunting, Outdoor, Science & Military
Walmart also sells for OpticsPlanet and sometimes you can get better deals. Just know what you want by part number and be sure you are getting the same products.

They have lots to offer and some rings and rails have drawings so you can make an intelligent guess as to whether it will all fit.

I wanted mine as low as possible. I wen with the low rings, 3-9x40 which uses an external dia of 1 31/32" dia Objective dia scope. I went with a one piece Picatinny rail and do like the stability of the one piece. The rings are QD (quick disconnect) which I like. If I had it to do again I think the only change I might make is get the 2 rings connected together - like this:

I had the same concerns - scope diameter too large for the rings/rail combination but it worked out quite well. You should be able to find the dia of the 50MM lens.

Good luck.
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