June 18, 2013
Angled Bases: Get More Range From Your Favorite Scope
By David E. Petzal
What with long range shooting being all the rage, some riflemen are discovering that their scopes, which had enough elevation for distances like 300 yards, can’t get the point of impact high enough to shoot at twice that distance, or farther. This leaves them no choice but to spend lots and lots of money on a scope with mil dots or a lot more latitude of adjustment.
There’s another way. Ken Farrell Industries makes Picatinny rails that are angled to give scopes vertical reach in bushel baskets. Farrell rails are angled downward from rear to front. He machines them in increments from 0 minutes of angle (dead flat) to 40 minutes of angle, with 10-, 15-, 20-, and 30-minutes of angle bases in between. When you mount your scope, it’s pointing down at the objective end, which forces you to raise it higher, which puts your reticle higher without touching a dial. It’s simplicity itself. You want to shoot at 1,000 yards? Ken Farrell will get you there.
The bases are CNC-machined in either steel or aluminum. I’ve used the blued steel ones, and can tell you that they’re quite heavy and prone to rust. They’re also expensive. But they’re also about as precise-fitting and as strong as anything I know of, and they come in enough variety to make anyone happy. For the Remington Model 700 alone there are close to 50 variations. Farrell even machines a groove into the underside of the base so that you can slather on epoxy and get a virtually perfect fit. His rings are just as strong and just as precisely made.
I’ve dealt with the Farrell folks on the phone and found them to be extremely helpful. If you’re in doubt as to which angle you need in your base, give them a call and they can steer you in the right direction. Kenfarrell.com.