Warne XSKEL1TW GEN 2 scope mount


Warne sent me a XSKEL1TW  GEN 2 to review just as I got a Riton scope in for review and that worked out really well, as I wanted something a little sexier than just a pair of rings for that review. Warne also was good enough to send a couple of torque wrenches to ensure correct mounting tension.


Speaking of correct scope mounting, it cannot be stressed enough that correctly mounting your optics is paramount on keeping your scope level and secure during recoil. Correct tension on the mounting screws and Torx bits is a key step. Be sure you get the mount set up and set the scope in the lower half of the rings. Install the top rings and add just a bit of tension. At this point you want to be sure the reticle is level and get behind the gun. With little tension on the rings you should be able to slide the scope as you need it to get correct eye relief. Once you have the scope positioned so you are comfortable, begin to tighten the Torx bits on the top half of the rings. You want to tighten them down a bit at the time alternating back and forth in a cross pattern. Once you have all those torqued down be sure the scope is still level and it is time for bore sighting.


Once I got the Riton scope mounted in the Warne mount it was held fast, and after several hundred rounds down range there was no movement of the optics and once zeroed it held zero throughout several days of shooting and transport. I removed the mount and reinstalled it and it only required minor tuning to get the scope back on exact zero. The mounting nuts, Warne calls “tactical nut” are half inch and provided plenty of area to get correct tension without fear of stripping. The mount is compatible with Picatinny rails, and is designed with a cantilever. It can be mounted either way but is recommended with the cantilever facing forward.


  • Lightweight, skeletonized aluminum body and caps to reduce overall weight without sacrificing reliability.
  • #8 Torx style fasteners with steel threaded inserts to prevent stripping.
  • Additional 1 Inch cantilever forward design to provide additional eye relief.
  • Places your optic at the Ideal Height for MSR and similar platforms.
  • Dual 1/2″ tactical nut attachment, 65 in/lb. of torque is recommended.
  • CNC precision machined from 6061 aluminum
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By Hunter Elliott

I spent much of my youth involved with firearms and felt the call early on to the United States Marine Corps, following in my father's and his brother's footsteps. Just after high school I enlisted and felt most at home on the rifle range, where I qualified expert with several firearms and spent some time as a rifle coach to my fellow Marines. After being honorably discharged I continued teaching firearm safety, rifle and pistol marksmanship, and began teaching metallic cartridge reloading. In the late 1990s I became a life member to the National Rifle Association and worked with the Friends of the NRA. Around that time my father and I became involved with IDPA and competed together up until he passed away. I began reviewing firearms for publications in the mid 2000s and have been fortunate to make many friends in the industry. Continuing to improve my firearms skills and knowledge is a never ending journey in which we should all be committed. I am also credited as weapons master on a few independent films.

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