I recently came across a set of Badger Ordnance "Maximized" Scope Rings and 20 moa Tapered one piece base set. Many of you have asked about scope mounting options for the tactical rifle and I can say without a doubt that the Badger system is probably one of the best on the market. It is certainly one of the strongest, if not the strongest I have personal experience with. Combined, this ring and base set provides a totally aligned system. The tolerances are so close in fact that the rings are actually serial numbered by pairs.
This 30mm ring set is visually similar to the well known Mk4 ring set, but the comparison ends there. The Maximized Scope Ring is built to the Picatinny Optic Rail specification, Mil-STD-1913. The level of finish is outstanding and quite a step above some of the competition. There are no machine marks to speak of and the precision of construction is obvious. Where the MK4 ring has a rough cast finish, the Badger ring reminds one instantly of a finely crafted and machined watch. Each ring is sold numbered to its mate. This is the result of the way Marty Bordson mils the rings in pairs. They are affixed to a mount and trued up so that if mounted on a squared base, they will need zero lapping. This is unlike the Mk4 system where any two bases are probably grabbed from a group lot and tossed into a package. When I mounted this ring set and checked for concentricity and alignment I could find no deviation worth mentioning. They were in near perfect alignment. A totally new experience for me!
Made of aerospace grade steel of proprietary mix, the rings come in three heights. The Standard mount (#306-08) measures .823 from the base to the center ring and is sufficient for most applications such as a 30mm scope with a 42mm objective. The High mount (#306-09) measures 1.25 to the center ring and will work well with most large objective scopes up to 56mm. The last ring height is the Ultra-high (#306-10). This ring is best used on the AR-15 flat top, SR-25 and AR-10 Flat tops. It measures 1.40 high. All three rings measure 1.75 inches across and .625 inches wide. A one inch reducer can be purchased to adapt the rings to standard 1 inch scopes. These rings have four 8-40 Torx head screws in the cap. The threading is very precise and these screws went in without any problem, something I have not found to be the case with some of the competition. The rings will function on any Mk4 or Weaver style base. The weight for the standard ring set is 6.6 ounces and the Ultra-High comes in at 10.0 ounces. They are hefty and very strong. All rings are secured to the Picatinny rail via cross bolt and 1/2" hex nut torqued to the standard 65 inch pounds. All rings can withstand the recoil of the .50 caliber rifle.
Also available is the Maximized Scope Ring, Max-50 (#306-11). This massive ring set is designed specifically for the hard kicking recoil of the .50 caliber rifle. The rings are a full one inch wide and 1.75 inches across and utilizes three Torx head screws per side. These rings are .823 from base to center ring with a total weight of 10.4 ounces.
A special note from both Marty Bordson and Andy Webber, who had a small hand in the creation of this design: Both gentleman warn against the use of multiples of rings when mounting a rifle telescope. In separate conversations, both, who have quite a bit of engineering experience, disavowed the use of four rings per scope saying that it is not necessary and if done with less than precision, will cause damage to the scope tube. They assured me that this trend is nothing more than a trend and a costly one at that. Two quality rings properly installed are more than sufficient to hold the scope in place. If you really feel the need for more contact area, by all means consider the Max-50 for your mounting needs. This ring has plenty of surface area for most hard recoiling applications.
Badger also offers an excellent one piece tapered base for long range applications. This is a Picatinny spec one piece rail machined from 4142 prehardened (28-32Rc) steel. It has a MIL-STD-1913 slot pattern that extends out over the recoil lug on a standard Remington 700 action. This length allows quite a versatile range of optical options. The base has an integral recoil lug and is canted forward to provide a 20 moa increase in maximum scope adjustment. In fact with this base, my Leupold Vari-X III 3.5-10x Long Range M3 will reach all the way out to 1200 yards and beyond! Not that I could actually hit anything way out there mind you, but it is nice to have the extra elevation. Prior to this installation, the best I could get with a standard mount and this scope was 40 moa elevation before running out of internal adjustment. Now I can dial in a full 60 moa!
The scope base is of the highest quality construction. Again, like the rings, it is precise and crisp. There are no unsightly machining marks to mar the surface and it has the appearance of total strength. I am very tempted to try driving the base into a car door with a sledge hammer just to see if it would bend. My impression is that it would not be fazed at all. The base comes in two sizes for the Remington M 700 action. The Short rail (#306-06) and the Long action (#306-07).
Badger also offers a complete line of products for the tactical rifle. A precision ground recoil lug, a heavy duty trigger guard for the 700 action and many more quality machined items to improve you rifle.
The listed retail price for the 20 moa tapered base is $145, well worth every penny when compared to the alternatives. The rings will retail somewhere in the $150 range but as in all things, it is best to find a dealer willing to cut you some slack. These prices, when compared to that of the Mk4 system are not at all out of line. The extra quality and precision is instantly noticeable.