One of the most important factors to keep in mind when customizing any rifle or weapon is to remember that there is no one perfect option for all types of shooters. This includes if you are choosing scope mounts and optics, each shooter will have a style, design, and type that works best for their shooting style and comfort level.
With this in mind, it is well worth taking the time to compare options in scope mounts before making a choice. They are not a high-cost customization for your weapon, but you also don’t want to spend time and money investing in components that aren’t going to be used.
The One Piece Option
The design of the mounts will be either a single or one piece mount or two scope rings. The name is very self-explanatory with the one piece design providing the two scope rings attached by a central bar.
By necessity, these types of mounts have more material, so they are heavier. The offsetting advantage to the slight increase in weight is the durability and strength of the mount. They can take more knocking or even more significant hits without any loss of alignment. These types of mounts for a scope also provide more of a forward positioning on the rifle, making it easier for adjusting to the correct forward location for the optic.
When choosing two piece scope mounts, also called scope rings, there is more flexibility in positioning. They can be adjusted to avoid any conflict with bolt actions on rifles, which may be a consideration for some weapons.
They are lighter in weight, but they will have to be aligned once mounted on the weapon. This can be a bit challenging if you haven’t done it before, but it is not impossible to do, and most people find it a simple do-it-yourself project.
For flexibility and versatility across different types of rifles, the two piece options are the best choice in general. They are also low cost and come in a variety of different styles and heights to match your weapon and optics.