Custom Ruger Model 44 Scope Base

Where a rifle is designed for a two-piece scope base and the customer wants a one-piece base, it’s time for some serious searching. Here’s how I adapted a one-piece scope base to a Ruger .44 Magnum rifle.

by Norman E. Johnson

A hunter presented me with his Ruger Model 44 chambered in .44 Remington Magnum. He tried, to no avail, in locating a one-piece Picatinny base for mounting an Aimpoint red dot sight. If possible, he also wanted to retain access to the open sights on removal of the quick-detachable optic.

This turned out to be a rather challenging request, but I keep bumping into this sort of situation a lot.

Read more in the January 2017 issue.

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