The Remington 700 is a classic American rifle widely used for hunting and long range shooting. keeping in mind its precise long range shooting capabilities, a REM 700 is incomplete without a scope.
A scope needs a mount base and rings for installation. The importance of these items might seem negligible, but they still act as a critical function in helping with your rifle’s performance.
Here we’ll learn about scope rings, base mounts, and the qualities to look for before choosing one. We have also reviewed the best scope mount bases and scope rings on the market (separately) within this article to help you during this process.
Choosing Separate Rings and Bases
Scope rings and scope mount bases for your Remington 700 can be chosen separately if you desire, and doing so offers their own advantages. With this, it offers a customizable option when adding a scope to your rifle.
One-point systems where rings and bases are a single piece are fairly heavy. Plus, the scope must remain attached to your rifle as detaching it may be seen as a chore. That may be problematic as it becomes exposed to dirt, water, and various temperatures.
Separate rings and bases eliminate this problem as you can remove the scope from the base and store it safely when it is not needed. This also gives you the freedom to switch among different types of scopes at a moments notice. Additionally, you can use other accessories like flashlights and lasers, if you have a Picatinny, weaver, or any other compatible scope mount base.
What To Look For In Bases?
A base is what holds your scope in place and stabilizes it so you can take accurate shots. You must consider several specific factors before choosing a base for your Remington 700. The most commonly used bases for scopes are one point scope bases, two point scope bases, and quick detach bases such as the Picatinny or Weaver rails.
If you’re going for a one piece base, you might want to consider the length of your rifle’s action as the length of the scope and position of taping on the action will make a difference. Let’s take a look at some of the main factors to keep in mind when looking for a base:
The material a scope mount is constructed from determines its strength and weight. Mounts are generally made from aluminum steel alloys, or simple stainless steel. Not to mention that the steel models are heavier. If you have the choice, always go for aluminum alloy models because they are lighter and can increase your stamina during long treks or while taking long range shots.
This again has to do with the material and construction of the base. A good, solid construction will last long, eventually saving you money in the long-run. With this, a durable base ensures that your scope can withstand the jerk of heavy magnum type models.
Scopes with different magnifying powers have different heights, due to the size of the objective and other technicalities. You should assess the height of the base you require so your scope does not meddle with the bolt, barrel, or charging handle.
Slip Resistance is an important property of any scope mount base. The base may have extra screws, polymer or rubber padding, or even padded horizontal columns to secure it. Slip resistance ensures that your scope maintains the eye relief and does not wobble when used with heavier calibers.
What To Look For In Rings
Scope rings are in direct contact with your optic scope when mounted and the rings you choose must not harm your scope. Additionally, your scope rings must allow a bit of canting so you can adjust and tilt your scope up a bit for longer shots.
Metal scope rings with no padding allow direct metal to metal contact with your scope tube. This can damage it and lead to repeated recoil, altered handling, and extra tightening of the screws.
Scope rings with plastic inserts eliminate this problem and can also allow your scope to cant up a bit, helping with long range shots.
Another important thing to consider is matching your base for your scope rings, such as choosing Weaver style rings for a Weaver base, a Burris ring with a Warner base, or any other compatible combination.
Apart from this, you will need to make sure that your scope rings are tall enough to be used with your scope. If you use a 40mm objective scope, you can go for mid sized rings. But if you are using larger scopes with 50mm objectives, you need higher scope rings so your scope doesn’t touch the rifle.
We have reviewed and linked to scope rings of one size in this article. However, you can search the linked website for more variants of the reviewed product which fulfils your requirements.
Remington 700 Bases Comparison Chart
Talley Scope Ring Bases
Badger Ordnance Remington 700 Short Action Scope Rails
Leupold Dual Dovetail Base
Reviews of the Best Bases for the Remington 700
Based upon all the factors and considerations discussed previously, we have selected and reviewed the best bases for the Remington 700. These products are the best in their class and for good reason.
The Talley scope ring bases are a solid stainless steel base (front and rear), featuring a machined-saddle design. It has double recoil shoulders which helps the rings retain their position under heavy caliber recoil. The Talley scope ring base is compatible with Talley fixed rings and Talley quick detach rings.
- Two piece design
- Can withstand heavy recoil
- Low price
- Might be difficult to install
The scope ring base is durable and the two point design makes it lightweight. You can affix it to pre-taped holes or adjust the mounting position respective to your rifle and scope. This ring base is well priced and will offer an excellent value for money.
2. Warne Maxima
Warne Maxima scope bases are CNC machined from stainless steel, imparting strength and durability into its design. The base features a Weaver style construction, making it compatible with QD rings. The base has a low profile design which allows you to use it in conjunction with the iron sights after removing the scope rings.
- Solid and Machined to tight tolerances
- Low profile design
- Full width recoil slot
- 2 piece lightweight design
- Supports only Weaver base rings
These two piece scope mounts can be screwed down upon the pre-tapped holes on the action using two screws each. The Warne Maxima scope ring mount is stable and features a full width recoil slot in each base. This allows the base to stay in position and withstand heavy recoil. Overall, this is a sturdy model and will last long. Warne Maxima is well-known for their products and a crowd favorite.
Badger Ordnance scope rails have been specially made to fit a Remington 700 short action rifle (Long Action version here). The rail offers a heavy duty, steel base design with a built-in forward angle bias. This bias helps when taking very long range shots with precision and without exceeding the elevation adjustment of your scope.
- Solid build
- Built-in forward angle bias
- Withstands heavy recoil
- Nice finish and accurate
- Heavy due to one piece design
- Might take some time for installation
The rail has a MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail slot which makes it compatible with most of the detachable rings out there. The scope rail also has an integral recoil lug which prevents it from moving or slipping under recoil. The scope rail is hard, durable, and comes complete with a nice finish. You can use this scope mount base for hunting, tactical, and long range shooting.
The Leupold Dual Dovetail Base features a rock solid stainless steel body and a two-piece design, reducing the weight as compared to one-point bases. The dual dovetail base has a reversible front which can be installed appropriately for long or short scopes.
- Lightweight quality construction
- Reversible front
- Withstands heavy recoil
- Helps with accuracy
- Not interchangeable with other rings and bases
The base is rigid and durable enough for heavy calibers, as well as light varmint hunting rifles, and offers assistance with managing recoil and improving accuracy. The scope base is available at an affordable price, making it the best valued option you could investment in your Remington 700. Great for hunting and target practice too.
Comparison of the Best Rings for Remington 700
Leupold Dual Dovetail Rings
Burris Signature Rings
Badger Ordnance Maximised Scope Rings
Nightforce Ultralight Rings
Reviews of the Best Rings for Remington 700
After buying a scope mount base, scope mount rings are a must for your Remington 700. A good ring is lightweight, durable, has proper height, and should not damage the scope.
The Leupold stainless steel dovetail rings are a sturdy and durable choice for mounting scopes. The rings can be used in conjunction with the Leupold dual dovetail base mentioned above and the rings are available for both front and rear bases, and must always be used together.
- Sturdy and durable
- Withstands heavy recoil
- Prevents canting
- Different variants for different heights
- Cannot be interchanged with other rings
These rings are available in different variants for different scope heights too. Just insert and turn the rings into the mount base and you are good to go. The two screws on each ring hold the scope firmly in place and make for a great option.
Burris Signature Rings feature a synthetic polymer insert on each of the rings to prevent the scope from ring marks and other susceptible damage. The pair features a double dovetail front ring while the rear ring fits a windage adjustable base, thus, offering a wilder range of windage settings without exceeding your scope's built-in adjustment. With the help of an insert kit for alignment, the rifle can be bore sighted at 0 at 100 yards.
- Quality construction
- Easy to install
- Wider range of windage setting
- Can be bore sighted using inserts
- Resists recoil and protects scope
- Difficult to adjust
Installing these scope rings is fairly easy, although it takes a bit of time and practice which is the only drawback. The rings hold the scope firmly and offers good resistance to recoil. Perfect for hunting, tactical use, and target practice.
As Badger says, these are heavy duty 30mm steel rings designed for use with large scopes on heavy recoil rifles. The base of these scope rings feature a Weaver style clamp for use with Weaver scope mount bases. Complemented by one, big ½ inch nut on the side to helps secure these rings to the mount, they provide added resistance against recoil and any accidental detachment.
- Quality construction
- Easy to install and adjust
- Perfect for large heavy scopes and calibers
- Perfect for the Remington 700
- No Polymer inserts to prevent marks on the scope
These rings really hit the mark when used for hunting and long range shooting. They are accurate, easy to adjust, and work exceptionally well with all Remington 700 models.
These ultralight rings from Nightforce have been designed using steel or 7075 T6 aluminum, and bear beta series Titanium bolts and jaws. These rings suit 30mm scopes, although variants for different sized scopes are also available. The rings are 100% micro-radiused and honed in pairs to prevent any scratches or ring marks on your scope.
- Sturdy construction
- Titanium bolts and jaws
- Micro-radiused for a snug fit and to prevent scratches
- High Price
These rings are compatible with a MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny mount base and are not prone to loosening, even when used under rigorous conditions and with heavy recoil rifles. The rings feature typical Nightforce quality and are a good lightweight option for your Remington 700. Excellent for competitive shooting and hunting.
A good scope mount base and scope rings can largely affect the accuracy of your rifle, especially if it is the Remington 700. Factors such as material, height, stability, durability, ease of installation, and adjustment must be taken into consideration before choosing a scope mount base and scope rings for your rifle.
Keep in mind, two-piece mounts are lighter compared to one-piece mounts. It’s also good if scope rings have some arrangement like polymer inserts to protect the scope from dents and marks.
We hope this review has been helpful and has contributed toward the purchase of your new scope mount base or rings!