While I have no desire to put a scope on mine, here is a good place to start.
Can anyone recommend a specific brand or model that mounts well? I have tried two generic mounts that I can't identify and neither will close enough to grab the mount slots cut into the receiver. This is a really accurate rifle so I would love to be able to shoot it with a better view of the target.
I didn't have any luck finding scope mounts that fit despite buying a couple set of rings from the burns brothers. There are apparantly two sizes of bridges. I now have a modified 03a3 sight epoxied on the bridge. My plan is to scope mount it by putting a ruger 10/22 base on the bridge with epoxy. Wold repuire a littler removal of metal at the point of extraction, but will work just fine I am sure. They are very accurate rifles, but don't eject the spent cases very effectively.
The M69 does have at least two different top rail widths - it is NOT a scope mounting rail - the sides are straight. Mine is a late production rifle dated in the 80's with the wider rail.
Risking the usual heat from the purists, I will admit to using the dreaded Dremel Tool to undercut some grooves in the rail, and now my standard 3/8" .22 rings fit perfectly.
Earlier M69 rifles have the narrower rail - I have read of guys drilling and tapping to mount Weaver rails on top of them.
I considered that possibility instead of epoxying the 10/22 mount on there. They are crudely built but very accurate rifles. I wished they had a decent trigger on them and they would extract effeciently because dad gun they sure shoot well.
This adapter will work on the M1969 "skinny rail":
I purchased one recently as a "get well" gift for a good friend. I tried it on my 1969 first (to make sure it would work) and saw immediately that it would snug up fine. My buddy installed it on his rifle a few days ago and it locked down rock solid. We shot his gun today and the mount performed flawlessly.
Here is another option:
Last edited by gb6491; 01-29-2011 at 11:56 PM.
Just mounted a Tasco World Class MilDot to a M69 that has a 8.5mm rail with Weaver 49514 1" .22 Tip Off See-Trru Mounts.
But, it will not eject, so I shoot it as a singleshot - I have many single shot .22 rifles so not a problem! ;-)
I have a "rail" that also has a slight undercut, allowing something to grab onto. I ended up hand-filing these old Tasco rings down to make them fit the 8mm rail mine has. My rifle was a 1978 made model, so I topped it with a Steel weaver scope from the 70's. I ended up with about a business card sized gap between the scope and rear sight.
Here are some pics:
I used a model TO22 Kwiksite mount on my M1969 [made in 1974] that has worked great with a couple of 1 inch scopes I have used with it.
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I pulled this scope set up off a Mossberg Plinkster. The scope is a cheap Tassco. I have no idea who made the mounts.
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You know that its a machining mount/artifact right?
But if it's undercut, I've read that European airgun rings work well on it.