Weig-A-Tinny Scope Mount

by Chad de Alva

Weig-A-Tinny Scope Mount

If you own a Ruger M77 or M77 Mark II rifle, you know that there aren’t a lot of options out there for aftermarket scope rings that are compatible with your action. The rings that Ruger provides with their rifles aren’t known for being the greatest rings out there, and I’ve certainly seen rifles where guys had to seriously (read: dangerously) over-torque their Ruger scope rings to keep their optics in place.  Thankfully, Weigand Combat Handguns makes the Weig-A-Tinny Scope Mount that opens the door to a world of high-quality aftermarket scope ring options. If you want to use Picatinny or Weaver style scope rings on a flat or 20 Minute of Angle (MOA) rail, this is exactly what you’re looking for.

The Weig-A-Tinny Scope mount interfaces with the action on your Ruger rifle and gives you a Flat or 20 MOA rail that will accept Weaver and Picatinny style scope rings. This is a no-drill installation, so you can install the Weig-A-Tinny mount at home with a good torque wrench, and not have to worry about devaluing your rifle by drilling holes in it.

Weig-A-Tinny Scope MountI installed a 20 MOA Weig-A-Tinny Scope Mount on a Ruger M77 FTW Hunter rifle chambered in 7mm Remington Magnum. The installation process is clearly described with the included directions, and with a little time and the proper tools (a torque wrench is a must!) I had the Weig-A-Tinny properly installed on my rifle.  I then installed a Vortex Viper PST scope using Vortex’s Precision Matched Scope Rings, and after lapping, leveling, and torqueing everything down I went to the range to sight this rifle in. Part of the installation process has you fire a number of rounds and then perform a bolt-check, to make sure that nothing is moving around.  After completing this part of the directions, I had observed no movement, nor any loosening of any of the fasteners.

Weig-A-Tinny Scope MountUsing the Ruger rings that came with my rifle, I had 12 MOA of adjustment left in my elevation turret with 200 yard zero. After installing the 20 MOA Weig-A-Tinny rail with high quality rings, I now have over 50 MOA of adjustment on my elevation turret at the same 200-yard zero.  (I picked up quite a few MOA from the scope itself as the zero point isn’t right next to the end of the range of adjustment.  This also tells me just how crooked the Ruger rings were holding my scope.) For the cost of a little additional weight and scope height, I now have 100% confidence that my scope won’t move around on me after firing the rifle. In short, I couldn’t be happier with this setup, and I’ve now got enough adjustment in my elevation axis to shoot twice as far as before. Yes, I’ve had to adjust my comb height to compensate for the added height of the Weig-A-Tinny rail, but that wasn’t hard at all.

The Weig-A-Tinny Scope Mount is exactly what every Ruger M77/M77 MKII owner who wants to use Picatinny or Weaver Scope rings needs. If you’re looking for a way to add a 20 MOA base to your Ruger rifle for long range shooting, this is the way to do it. Everything is made in the USA and American fasteners are supplied with each mount. Quality is top notch, as is the fit and function of this system. The Weig-A-Tinny mount is also available for several other firearms.

Weig-A-Tinny Scope Mount

You can check out the Weig-A-Tinny Scope Mount and all the products that Weigand Combat Handguns makes by visiting their website www.jackweigand.com or by giving them a call at (570) 868-8358.

You can check out all the products that Weigand Combat Handguns makes by visiting their website www.jackweigand.com or by giving them a call at (570) 868-8358.

Chad de Alva

Chad grew up in Telluride, CO and was learning to ski the day after he started walking. As he grew up, he spent his time exploring the San Juan Mountains on his mountain bike in the summer and on his skis in the winter. He picked up a camera in high school after breaking his collar bone twice–if he could not participate in his favorite sports, he was going to take photos of his friends riding and skiing. He then interned under the photo editor of the local paper to improve his craft and spent more and more of time behind the lens capturing images to tell the stories of his favorite sports and adventures. As digital cameras started to capture video, he was quick to adapt and started shooting video along with still images.

GoPro cameras had not been invented yet, but inspired by ski and mountain bike movies of the day, Chad started jerry-rigging cameras to his helmets to so that he could attempt to replicate some of the shots found in his favorite ski and bike movies. Thankfully, SLR bodies are now environmentally sealed, and GoPro cameras can take a beating so he is not actively destroying cameras–as fast.

Chad was officially introduced to hunting in the fall of 2012 when he went on an Arizona unit 9 archery elk hunt. Under a moonless sky in an endless Ponderosa forest, Chad struggled to find sleep while listening to bulls screaming at each other. The hunt was a mind blowing experience for Chad and set the hook on this sport called hunting. Less than a month later, Chad found himself on an all-night sheep recovery in Arizona’s unit 10. The adventure of 30 miles of hiking in a 24-hour period and watching a good friend tag out on a once in a lifetime hunt made Chad a hunter for life.

In early 2013, Chad started flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to add a new dimension to his work. Today, Chad shoots photos and videos to tell stories and inspire people.