scope mounting questions
I have what will probably seem like stupid questions to most of you guys out there but I'm somewhat of a nube when it comes to owning a scoped rifle.
I have a tikka t3 scout ctr .308 that came with a picatinny rail factory installed. My original plan was to remove said rail and use Talley lightweight rings to mount my scope. Upon further investigation, I have found that removing the rail may not be so easy.
So here are my questions… What are the advantages of having a rail and ring mounted scope over just standalone rings? I've read that sometimes standalone rings can be canted putting stress on the scope. The recoil is absorbed better with a rail and ring setup. And a properly mounted scope rail can stiffen up a receiver making the rifle shoot better. If these things are all true then why would anyone use standalone rings like the Talley lightweight rings?
My receiver also has a dovetail cut into it for mounting scope rings. What, if any, are the advantages of going this route over the other two mounting methods?
Oh! In case it matters… I have a Nikon monarch scope 4-16×50 that came with the rifle. I plan to sell it and get a Leupold VX-2 3-9x40mm to cut some weight.
Thank you for your time!
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