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Old May 23rd, 2016, 06:21 PM   #1
 
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Leveling the bottom rail on the new Charger

Has anyone come up with a solution to level the bottom rail on the new Charger so a laser sight can be zeroed in? I don't want to swap out or modify the wooden stock just find some kind of shim that will fit over the sling swivel and make the bottom rail level with the barrel.
I figured someone must have made such an item by now, but no joy in finding one, so it's either a DIY project or hope someone knows about a solution.



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I was looking for something similar a while back so I could mount a rail on my BLR in a similar fashion to what you are describing. I never found a solution so I'll be interested to see if anyone else has anything for you.

I thought about just making some sort of wooden shim myslef but never got around to it.
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I may have found something, or at least learned what to start searching for:
Amazon.com : Two High Profile Picatinny/weaver Rings/25.4 and 33.8mm Windage and Elevation Adjustable Rifle Scope Mount : Sports & Outdoors
"Windage and Elevation Adjustable Rifle Scope Mount "

If I could find one adjustable enough to compensate for the slant, with a female end on the top and a male on the bottom (or vice versa, not sure of Weaver genders) then I could mount the laser (tube style) and have a space for the bipod at the same time. The charger would grow almost 2 inches at the front but I can deal with that.

Still on my quest....
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If your laser is one that mounts in a mini scope ring like setup, you might get longer screws and then shim the back of the laser, between the tube and the ring.
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I asked Ruger if they knew of a solution, short answer is no, long answer is pasted below.

I did try to shim it, but I couldn't get it perfect enough to be much use. The ideal solution would be a weaver scope ring that had a swivel that would allow it to tilt back and forth, and then lock in place, but sadly no one seems to make such a creature.

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Thank you for using the Ruger On-Line Customer Support Request Form.

This e-mail is in response to your question or comment of 05/24/2016
Request No: 340037

Comment / question:

I have the model 4917 Ruger Charger.
My question is regarding the bottom accessory rail that mounts to the swivel stud. Due to the angle of the stock it is not possible to mount a laser to this rail and achieve zero.
I have been looking for either a shim or tilt adjustable weaver ring to compensate for this angle but have had no luck.
Are you aware of an accessory or other solution to level the rail with the barrel so that a laser can be bottom mounted to the Ruger Charger?
Thanks,
Eric Burke

Response:
I am not aware of any other rails that will mount to the bottom of the Charger to obtain the POA you are seeking.

If you need further information, please visit our website at Ruger Firearms or contact us at:
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I ended up taking a Dremel with one of the sanding drums and sanding down the rear portion to allow it to set deeper. I was able to relieve mine enough the achieve the desired results. I then used some electrical self-vulcanizing silicone tape as a gasket between the rail and stock.
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Talk to a local machinist, they'll make you a base which will screw to the bottom of the stock. Won't be as cheap as a factory option, but it will be easy. Pic rail gunsmithing blanks are available also, either cut it yourself to the right angle, or have a local machinist do so.

Personally, I'd buy another stock, route a flat into the belly of it, and install a flat bottomed gunsmithing pic rail blank. Doing so would have me all in for about $180 - $125 for the stock, $40 for the rail blank, and a little cost for T-nuts and epoxy to mate them together. Should take about 2hrs to complete, most of which would be spent building the jig to support the stock.
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