A couple of days ago I wrote about the use of a “Coaster”, an item of fishing gear, to make an ad-hoc throw lever for a telescopic sight’s power ring. A lot of readers seem to be looking into that, with much success.
However, Tom G. wrote to describe an issue with his extended-eye-relief scope, complete with pictures.
I was excited when I saw your blog post about using the Coasters as a scope dial ring handle. I had seen it before but hadn’t kept the link. I ordered a set and tried to put them on my rifle. This is a cautionary tale that it won’t work for everybody.
I painstakingly trimmed down a bunch of the ribs with nippers, then took the whole thing (just the coaster!) to the belt sander and reduced it some more (“trimmed). The picture “divots” shows that I could not reduce it enough, it still bound up. The picture “clearance” shows how little room there is. So now I’m back to square one. Either I bubba the rail or find another solution.
But the second one will work on another scope!
Keep up the writing!
(Feel free to use this on your blog if you want)
Thanks for writing, Tom, and for sharing your experience with us.
The obvious answer, of course, is to use a slightly higher set of scope rings, to allow greater clearance between the power ring and the rail. Of course, this may not work for everybody; it will mean adjusting one’s sighting technique to allow for the changed height, which may be less comfortable than before. I guess there are trade-offs everywhere. Still, if you want a really low-mounted scope, then I guess that won’t allow enough clearance for the Coaster to be usable as a throw lever. YMMV.
One possible solution, that would be less comfortable than a full-size Coaster but should still be usable, would be to use a regular cable tie instead. They’re thinner than the Coaster. The “nub” where the ends come together would still offer at least some purchase to turn the power ring more easily.