When I bought the Clackamore Mauser last week, I knew that new glass was in the plan. When I bought it, I immediately saw the most el-cheapo set of Weaver rings that I had ever seen. Those had to go. The scope was marked Marlin, and I'm pretty sure that Marlin never made scopes. Probably some Philippine glass that originally came in bubble plastic. Not fitting for a proper deer rifle.
On Sunday, looking for a tang sight and globe sight for a Sharps that I've passed along to my son-in-law, I happened upon some old scope rings in my catch-all drawers. Bingo.
This morning, I took that Philippine glass off the Mauser, I also took off those old rings and installed a much better set. So, the Mauser has nicer rings now. After Christmas, Ill buy a scope that suites the rifle. Something with a reputable brand on it.
But, looking closer at the cheap scope, I realized that it wasn't horrible, just cheap. Suitable for a .22 that would knock around in the squirrel woods. Then, I remembered that 10/22 I bought last month. So, I dragged out the box, found the scope base that Ruger included, and mounted that scope in another set of rings I had found in that drawer.
That doesn't look too terribly bad, and if the scope will hold zero, I've scoped the Ruger for exactly no dollars. I don't care if the scope is repeatable. I'm going to zero it at 25 yards and Loctite the turret caps on it. As long as it holds that zero, it will stay on the rifle.
The Frugal Outdoorsman would be proud.