I have been looking to upgrade my Rem 700 Sporter (308) to a pivitinny rail to allow me to use QD scope mounts for a variety of reasons bot one of the biggest is I want to be able to remove the optic and revert to using the factory iron sights. I was looking an I see EGW indicates their mount with the cut channel down the center of the mount "usually" will allow the use of the factory iron sights with this base:
Or I might be better off with this one as my NV does need to be mounted pretty far back:
I am curious if anybody has another suggestion for a picatinny style base that if I ever had an optic failure could be removed to allow the factory sights to be used?
This Rem 700 is my usual deer rifle but it is also my primary SHTF bolt gun hence the reason I al looking to enhance the versitility of the rifle from the current leupold base/rings I have mounted. I might want to use NV optic, red dot, or even swap scopes depending on situations which would be a lot easier with a rail on the Rem 700.
The rail looks too high for the factory irons. How about mounting your scope with the QD Larue mounts and use a 2MOA T-1 with QD as a backup?
I like the looks of that but I would not be able to use my NV or other optics in that setup. Even with the rails I posted I might need to mount an extension rail to use say my EOTECH in front of my NV but at least that would be possible. Too bad they don't add that ghost ring to a full rail for the Rem 700s!
Also, these are now sold as xssights... That is a slick setup however!
The EGW base is a pretty high base compared to others. Look into the Badger Ord and Nightforce bases for a lower profile base that still has the cutout down the middle for iron sights.
A good smith should be able to machine a custom rail to your specs? I als wonder if you could mod the one piece by having a channel cut down the middle of it? The one concern would be mounting screw shoulder depth, they are usually in a slight well beneath the surface(the head of them) Some screws have a deep enough head socket so you may be able to shave off a 16th" or so to make it work