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Old 11-27-2017, 08:09 AM
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Mounting Optics on M54 Prone Rifle.



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I have a West German made M54 prone rifle that I would like to mount a Weaver T 36x40 scope on. The rifle currently has a set of Anschutz Match Open sights. Ideas?
I will be shooting from the bench due to my disability.
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Old 11-27-2017, 08:33 AM
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I assume you are asking because the front of your receiver does not have a dovetail.
It is ok to use 2 rings mounted close together on one end of the scope, either ahead of, or behind the adjustment turrets.
My rings are an inch apart, and to the rear of my scope.
Just use quality rings, (skip the BKL and cheaper brands) and don't be lifting the rifle by the scope and you will be fine.
My bench rest rifles all use this method.
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Old 11-27-2017, 09:13 AM
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Is there a mount and rings you recommend? Iíve only used Weaver & Leupold mounts previously.
Is there a secondary market for my Match Open sights? I will never use them again.
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I've seen dovetail to picatinny rails that mount on the rear dovetail and extend forward across the action. EGW(Evolution Gun Works) makes one for the Winchester 52 that will also work on a 64 Anschutz action. Give them a call and see if they make a rail that will work for a 54 action.
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The EGW Winchester 52 mounts will fit the 54. I had one and found it to be a bit too far forward and requires a scope with long eye relief on old 54s.

BKL rings (pictured) work well. One is an extension ring. I have found that this requires a scope with short eye relief like the T36.

And as Glen said, I would not hesitate to put both rings aft of the adjustment turrets. Then anything should fit...Tom

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I have a 1964 Match 54 Model 1408 with dovetails on the rear half of the receiver only. I use BKL cantilever rings, which are a one-piece set. See http://www.bkltech.com/BKL-4-inch-Lo...-p/bkl-254.htm They are also available in high.

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Get a gunsmith to dovetail the front ring, it's easily cut with a high speed steel dovetail cutter. Or drill & tap for Weaver style bases. The BKL 254 is the best "no machine" solution, but one of the other options I mentioned will afford you more flexibility in mounting a wider variety of scopes for bench shooting.

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Old 11-27-2017, 01:04 PM
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BKL will give me a discount as a disabled vet.
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Just go with the BKL, they are a quality item.

Your other sights are not" Open" sights, they are a diopter receiver sight (commonly called a "peep" sight) and an Anschutz target front sight. Check ebay for prices asked by others, there are several different models of these, make sure you are advertising the proper model numbers. List them here for a reasonable price, they will probably go quickly. k
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BKL will give me a discount as a disabled vet.
...and BKL are quality rings.
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Thanks for the terminology education. At least I didnít say they were mounted on my gun....
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Your diopter site set is worth a bit check your model numbers and you always have the RFC trading post. Anschutz North America has some really nice rings at about $100 and if your not looking to break the bank Warne makes a set of rings,part# 721M that will fit your T-36 for sure at under $30. I bought 2 sets of those Warne rings because the clamp will fit 11mm or flip it and it'll fit 3/8 dovetail. It's nice if your switching around rifles a bit.
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I was wrong, When taking off my rear sight, I noticed that my 1977 M52 1411 has 11mm dovetail grooves on the front and rear of the receiver for my scope mounts.
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In that case, it's simple. Use the BKL 257 or 274 (1 ring is offset in length). You can also purchase an extended 1 pc. base that has great versatility in ring location. Probably will get some good advice on brand from some of the Anschutz shooters.
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I was wrong, When taking off my rear sight, I noticed that my 1977 M52 1411 has 11mm dovetail grooves on the front and rear of the receiver for my scope mounts.
BKL rings will mount your scope very well.
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