Best Scope Rings For Remington 700 – Mounts & Rings

The Remington 700 is a legendary bolt-action rifle in the world of precision and long-distance shooting, and the fact that it has been in service with the United States Marine Corps as a designated sniper rifle since 1966 is a testament to that fact. It's also an incredibly popular civilian platform for both hunting and target shooting, and if you've recently picked one up yourself, you're probably wondering what the best way to mount an optic onto it is.

First and foremost, I want to stress the importance of a good mount. The Remington 700 is an absolute tackdriver, and with a high-quality optic, you can make shots out to 1000 yards or more. But if you've got a great rifle and an expensive scope, buying a cheap mount to join them together is just going to compromise the performance of both – it would be like buying a Ferrari and putting worn-out used tires on it.

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BEST ROBUST PLATFORM

LaRue Tactical QD Cantilever Scope Mount

LaRue Tactical QD Cantilever Scope Mount

  • Material: Aluminum
  • Height: 1.56 in
  • Weight: 6.9 g
BEST FOR WIDE RANGE

Game Reaper Remington 700 Medium Mount

Game Reaper Remington 700 Medium Mount

  • Material: Aluminum
  • Height: 1.23 in
  • Weight: 0.25 oz
BEST FOR STRENGTH

Leupold Rifleman Detachable Rings

Leupold Rifleman Detachable Rings

  • Material: Aircraft Aluminum
  • Height: 0.96 in
  • Weight: 1.9 oz
BEST FOR RUST RESISTANCE

Remington 700 Integral Scope Mounts Z2 Alloy Rifle

Remington 700 Integral Scope Mounts Z2 Alloy Rifle

  • Material: Aluminum
  • Height: Basic
  • Weight: 198g
BEST FOR VISIBILITY

Modkin Rifle Scope Rings Medium Profile Scope Mounts

Modkin Rifle Scope Rings Medium Profile Scope Mounts

  • Material: Steel
  • Height: 1.7 in
  • Weight: 2 oz
BEST FOR DURABILITY

Talley 700-721-722-725-40X Scope Mount

Talley 700-721-722-725-40X Scope Mount

  • Material: Steel
  • Height: 2 in
  • Weight: 3.04 oz
BEST FOR VERSATILITY

Leupold Dual Dovetail DD Bases

Leupold Dual Dovetail DD Bases

  • Material: Machined Steel
  • Height: Medium
  • Weight: 1.9 oz
BEST FOR STRENGTH

NightForce UltraLite Remington 700 Scope Mount

NightForce UltraLite Remington 700 Scope Mount

  • Material: Aluminum
  • Height: 1 in
  • Weight: 1.6 oz
BEST RAIL MOUNT

EGW Picatinny Rail Scope Mount

EGW Picatinny Rail Scope Mount

  • Material: Aluminum
  • Height: 1 in
  • Weight: 3.21 oz
BEST FOR RELIABILITY

Spuhr Quick Detach ISM QDP Mount

Spuhr Quick Detach ISM QDP Mount

  • Material: Aluminum
  • Height: 1.49 in
  • Weight: 9.4 oz

A good mount will hold a rock-solid zero even after thousands of rounds, and will be able to withstand a few knocks on top of it. A cheap one will loosen up, slip out of alignment, or shear off completely when the recoil proves to be too much, potentially taking your expensive optic for a tumble. Trust me – don't cheap out on your mount.

That being said, there are a surprising number of different mounting options available, and a lot of them are, frankly, junk. Thankfully, we've sorted the wheat from the chaff and brought you a list of the 10 most effective options for mounting a scope onto your Remington 700, with a focus on products that are durable, built to high tolerance standards, and won't shift, drift, or wiggle.

From traditional dovetail mounts to picatinny rails and one-piece rings, we've got mounting options to suit every need and budget. Without further ado, here's our picks for the best Remington 700 mounts.

1. LaRue Tactical QD Cantilever Scope Mount

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LaRue is a company that takes genuine pride in their craftsmanship, and that definitely shows when it comes to the LT104 quick-detach mount. First things first: yes, it's pricey. But that old saying, “buy once, cry once” is perfectly appropriate here. If you're looking to maximize the performance of expensive optic or a precision rifle like the Remington 700, buying a cheap scope mount is a good way to end up frustrated.

What you're getting for your money in this case is a no-frills, rock-solid mount capable of standing up to even the toughest use without drifting or losing zero. No worrying about a cheap mount wiggling on your rail or pot-metal components shearing off if you handle them a little too hard – this mount is built like a tank, and after zeroing it in, it stayed perfectly on target even after popping the mount off and on multiple times.

If anything, this mount might be too tight for some people – I could definitely see this wearing down the finish on a rail after enough use, so if you're looking to keep a safe queen in pristine condition, you might want to look elsewhere. But if rugged, dependable performance and excellent build quality are your main concern, the LT104 is a safe bet. Whether you're using your Remington 700 for long-distance target shooting or bagging big game, this mount won't let you down.

LaRue Tactical QD Scope Mount

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2. Game Reaper Remington 700 Mount

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The Game Reaper line from DNZ Products are excellent, USA-made scope mounts specifically tailored to certain rifles, and their Remington 700 mount is a testament to their quality and attention to detail.

Machined from a solid billet of 6061T6 aluminum, this mount has a single-piece construction that I found very convenient – I am generally of the opinion that the less moving pieces my shooting equipment has, the better, and in this case it means that the mount is both extremely durable and lightweight while also being almost impossible to knock out of alignment once it's been zeroed.

The other feature that impressed me is that the rings are set slightly closer together than average, which not only allows for more scope travel when making adjustments, but also provides some extra eye relief. And because it's specifically designed for the Remington 700, this mount comes right out of the box at the perfect height for the factory-standard stock comb.

If you're looking for a tough, no-fuss mount that doesn't require any fine-tuning to get set up, the Game Reaper is a very solid pick.

Game Reaper Remington 700-Long Action-Medium Mount

Game Reaper Remington 700 Mount

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3. Leupold Rifleman Detachable Rings

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Leupold's name is synonymous with high quality in the optics world, and their scope rings are very well-made—especially at such an affordable price point. The machining process and tolerance testing that Leupold puts all of their rings through ensures that you aren't going to end up with a loose set that can't hold or a zero or that wiggles on your rail, and I always appreciate that kind of peace of mind when I'm buying something that is going to be holding an expensive piece of glass.

Leupold's detachable rings are available in both a high-profile and low-profile option, but if you're running the kind of high-power variable scopes that most shooters prefer to put on their Remington 700s, you'll probably run into clearance issues with the low-profile version. Luckily the high-profile rings feel just fine with the Remington 700's comb height, so you don't have to worry about an awkward cheek weld.

The mount itself is built from sturdy aircraft grade aluminum, but my one nitpick with these rings is that it's fairly easy to over-torque the threaded screws. Leupold doesn't include this information with the rings for some reason, but you don't want to torque these past 20 inch-pounds or you may end up stripping the screws. As long as you know that in advance, though, these are an excellent budget-conscious alternative.

Leupold Rifleman Detachable Rings

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4. Remington 700 Integral Scope Mounts

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These integral Remington 700 mounts combine each base and ring into a single piece, which makes them significantly more durable while virtually guaranteeing that you don't have to worry about a drifting zero or a piece being knocked out of alignment.

In addition to the tougher design, they are also constructed of “Z-2 alloy,” which Interstate Arms Corp. claims is 50% stronger than the aircraft grade aluminum most other mounts are made of. Since I have no way of measuring that, I'll just have to take their word for it, but the rings certainly feel solid.

The rings are a touch on the high side, to the point that you may to use it with a riser on the stock, but the flip side is that they give you more clearance for the bolt and make it easier to top-load cartridges, so it really comes down to what features and functions you want to prioritize. These rings fit a 30mm scope tube diameter out of the box, but can also accommodate a 1-inch tube if you use the proper inserts.

Remington 700 Integral Scope Mounts

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5. Modkin Rifle Scope Rings Medium Profile Scope Mounts

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Modkin's scope rings are built on a traditional multi-part design, and while I typically prefer my rings to have as few moving pieces as possible, I was impressed by how solid these ones ended up being.

They aren't as tall as high-profile rings, but they're a little taller than most standard ones, owing to the fact that they have a hollowed out section in the base of each ring that allows you to use open sights. Though a few older models came with irons, the vast majority of Remington 700s on the market don't have iron sights, but I thought I'd mention this feature anyway. I actually do enjoy having a little extra room to work the bolt, and with these I don't have to adjust my cheek weld like I would with an actual high-profile set.

These rings are designed for a 1-inch diameter scope tube, and they include built-in tape strips that help ensure a snug fit while also protecting your scope's finish from wear and tear, which is always appreciated. That also means you don't need to worry about the hassle of lapping your new rings if you're looking to maximize long-range performance.

Modkin Rifle Scope Rings Scope Mounts

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6. Talley 700-721-722-725-40X Scope Mount

remington 700 scope rings

Talley's Remington 700 mounts are another option if, like me, you're a fan of one-piece scope mounts. These are marketed as “ultralight” rings, and they definitely are some of the lightest ones you'll find on the market thanks to their stripped-down design.

Because they're one-piece rings, there's no risk of the connection between the rings and base loosening up over time or slipping out of alignment, which is great news whether you're looking to do extreme long-distance benchrest shooting or simply want to make sure you're making clean, ethical shots while hunting.

These rings are more than capable of handling the Remington 700's recoil, and you can count on the zero holding even after putting thousands of rounds through your rifle. I try to be as careful as possible with my riflescopes, but these are solid enough to take some knocks without requiring another trip to the range to re-zero.

Talley 700-721-722-725-40X Scope Mount

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7. Leupold Dual Dovetail DD Bases

best base and rings for remington 700

Leupold designed their Dual Dovetail bases with high-caliber rifles in mind, and as such, they're one of the strongest and most stable mounting systems on the market.

They're machined from solid steel instead of the aircraft grade aluminum most of the other options on this list are built from, so don't expect anything ultralight here—but if you're looking for maximum durability, what's a few extra ounces?

These bases use a unique “twist and lock” ring system that I haven't seen from any other manufacturer, and it seems to work very well. Paired with Leupold's rotary dovetail rings, the result is a low-profile mount that still provides a surprising amount of room for the bolt and access to the breech. And if you're a lefty, the good news is that there are one of the few mounts I've come across that are designed with both left and right-handed actions in mind.

Overall, these are a great set of rings for a hunting rifle, though the extremely low profile might not make them the best choice for extreme long-range target shooting.

Leupold Dual Dovetail DD Bases

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8. NightForce UltraLite Remington 700 Scope Mount

best scope base for remington 700

I'm a big fan of NightForce's optics, so it came as no surprise that their mounts were built to same high quality standards. This one-piece system is designed to be mounted directly onto both long and short Remington 700 actions, and I can safely say that this is probably one of the fastest and easiest mounting processes I've come across.

There are a few small features on this mount that are tailored specifically to the Remington 700—the mount has a 20 MOA taper to maximize the amount of internal windage and elevation adjustment range you can get out of your scope, making it a perfect choice for those who want to push their rifle to the limits of its effective range. It also has a built-in recoil lug that prevents any recoil stress from being put on the mounting screws, which means the odds of it coming loose while shooting are pretty much zero.

This is definitely one of the most expensive mounting options you're going to see, but if you want to squeeze every last ounce of long-range shooting performance out of your Remington 700, you need something built to the same standards of quality, precision, and durability.

NightForce UltraLite Remington 700

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9. EGW Picatinny Rail Scope Mount

best scope mounts for remington 700

If you are looking for something a little non-traditional, there is certainly a good argument to be made for a picatinny rail system on a Remington 700. The old-school hunters out there are probably wondering if I'm crazy right about now, but hear me out: A pic rail gives you some extra versatility in terms of how far forward you can mount your scope, which is great for people who prefer a closer-than-average cheek weld, or who are tall enough that dovetail rings can cause some eye relief issues.

EGW's picatinny mount is built from anodized aluminum with a matte black finish, and weighs in at almost half the weight of most traditional ring mounts. It's ambidextrous, compatible with both weaver and picatinny rings, and it disperses recoil through the mount more evenly than traditional scope mounts, making it less likely to loosen up over time.

Another benefit to picatinny rails is that removing the scope won't require you to re-zero from scratch, as long as you mount it back in the same position. And if you're feeling particularly bold, you can even use the EGW rail to mount a red dot, as FMG Publication's Clint Smith does on his Remington 700 Light Tactical Rifle build. Heresy? Maybe. Fun? Definitely.

EGW Picatinny Rail Scope Mount

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10. Spuhr Quick Detach ISM QDP Mount

scope rings for remington 700

If you are going to go the picatinny rail route, the Spuhr QD mount is arguably the gold standard for a quick-release mounting option. Built to the specifications of Spuhr's Ideal Scope Mounting System (ISMS), this mount provides excellent resistance to flexing under recoil and is available for both long and short actions.

This mount has another feature that I'm surprised doesn't pop up more in other manufacturer's products: a mini bubble level built into the scope mount base to ensure that your rifle is perfectly flat when firing. It's a small, but often overlooked factor in making precise long-range shots.

Spuhr built this mount with military and police use in mind, as it allows a sniper and their spotter to have interchangeable mounts for their weapons and accessories. It's not something that the average shooter is going to have to think about, but for anyone who is looking to improve a Remington 700 for duty use, it's a feature worth considering.

Spuhr Quick Detach Mount

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Parting Shots

The Remington 700 has earned its reputation as one of the all-time great precision rifles, proving itself in combat and other life-and-death tactical situations as well as on the shooting bench and the hunting stand. 

But a great rifle and good glass are only half of the equation – if you don't have a high-quality mount to bring them together, you'll never be able to push the limits of what your rifle is capable of. A rock-solid rifle deserves a rock-solid mount that will hold zero in even the harshest conditions, and one that won’t leave your zero drifting when you’ve finally got that prize buck in your crosshairs.

We dug deep through all of the different Remington 700 mounting options on the market, and we narrowed it down to the list above to help you make an informed decision backed up research, testing, and experience. 

As usual, if you're looking to pick up any of these products, we recommend always checking certified sellers on Amazon and OpticsPlanet first to find the best deals—shooting is expensive, and there's no reason to pay more than you need to.

Have you tried out any of the mounts on this list? Have you tried an awesome product that we might have missed? Sound off in the comments and let us know what you think! 

Your feedback helps us provide the best, most comprehensive write-ups on weapons, optics, and accessories, and we love hearing back from the community. And if you're looking for a new scope to go with that mount, head on over to rundown on the Best Scopes for the Remington 700 rifle!

Until next time, happy shooting!

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