View Full Version : Windage screw on scope base?

02-01-2010, 9:48 PM
Some have them..some don't.

So my question is...how important are they when you can just adjust the scope itself? Is it just for ease or does it actually serve a purpose?


02-01-2010, 10:13 PM
Center the scope with the windage screws and center your windage dials. This allows you maximum travel left and right.

If you adjust your scope with the windage dial you could only have 10 moa clicks right and 30 left. This affects your windage if you shoot long distances and need those right click adjustments.

02-02-2010, 8:55 AM
It depends on the platform.

Many traditional hunting rifles didn't have rails or ring/mount holes from the factory, and windage adjustable rings/mounts can help compensate for small errors in drilling the mount holes.

Guns with built-in rails or factory mount holes are more likely to be correctly aligned, and often don't need any corrections beyond the scope adjustments.

I don't care for windage adjustable rings, personally, as it's another thing that can shift or loosen, and they make it hard to keep zero when removing and replacing the scope. Also, they can contribute to stress on the scope tube.