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Posted: 10/10/2004 8:02:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/10/2004 8:06:01 AM EDT by chaos4570]
I have a M4A3 on order from our friends at Armalite. I am purchasing it for my KIDS to shoot. Colapsible stock to fit their short statured needs. I need to mount a scope on this rifle so my youngest can shoot a few turkeys this fall(hopefully 4), We are over run with them. I have plenty of scopes lying around. What would be the best mount to affix one to the flat top? Quick release bases of some sort would be ideal, so I can remove and reinstall scope at will. The rifle does have a fixed front sight hanging out there. I like them to shoot iron sights as much as possible when plinking. But I prefer them to use a scope during hunting applications.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 9:17:06 AM EDT
It is usually a better idea to practice with the same sight system as you hunt with, especially with kids. They don't have the experience level of a seasoned shooter. I use the Mark 4 Leupold mounts for extreme accuracy. I tried other mounts, but when I switched to the Leupold Mark 4 mount, my groups tightened up another 1/4 MOA. You can remove the mounted scope and reinstall it with less than one MOA change in Point of Impact. With FMJ ammo, the turkeys don't stand a chance. The FMJ just blows a hole thru them about as big as a quarter. And for those not familiar with Texas turkey hunting, using rifles is legal.
I also have an Eotech 552 on an M4A3. It should do very well on turkeys at closer range for the young-uns. We will find out next year.
Good luck turkey hunting! It is one of the finer things in life for you and the kids.
Carey (Kingwood, TX)
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Link Posted: 10/10/2004 9:37:52 AM EDT
I will have them practicing with the scope. I just like them to prcatice with irons also. Thus the need for a quick release type set up. Do the mark 4 leopold mounts, mount directly to the flat top?

I too have taken many turkeys wiht the .223 fmj. It is an excellent choice for this duty.
Link Posted: 10/10/2004 12:28:18 PM EDT
LaRue QD rings are the ticket. They DO return to zero. I know.


Link Posted: 10/13/2004 8:37:48 AM EDT
Be sure to consider eye relief as well as height - the Picatinny rail on a flat-top may not let you mount the scope far enough forward for a comfortable position, especially in prone. I use an extended riser (1/2" high) made by Accuracy Speaks (available direct or from Brownell's) combined with standard-height rings. There's now a similar one available from Compass Lake Engineering. This gives me an extra 4" of rail and lets me mount a Leupold 6.5-20x50 LRT (a rather long scope) and gives me the option for an extra 15' of built-in elevation for long range work. I'm using Burris Signature Zee rings - they are inexpensive and work well, even though they don't have the macho look many seem to like. A big advantage of the Signature rings is the floating insert that self aligns - no need to lap the rings to avoid stressing the scope tube.
Link Posted: 10/13/2004 5:24:57 PM EDT
The basic 1 piece mount that Rock River makes seems to work pretty dang well.
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