I strongly DISAGREE with the statement below:
"Threre is not a scope rod out there that won't break after a time. And an exposed scope rod will break much sooner".
Once the rod is properly supported...you will NOT break the scope rod....leaving exposed threads open to absorb the shock is a GUARANTEE that the statement above will happen...and usually SOONER rather than later...
Most scopes today pretty much tell a person that the rods need to be supported...but FEW PEOPLE READ the instructions.
Most site manufacturers are manufacturing the scope holders that will fully support the entire rod from the scope, throught the scope mounting housing and windage adjustment screw.
On the OLDER SITES...if you do NOT support the rod...then it WILL break, and this included the Titanimum rods as well...but they'll break LATER, not SOONER...
Limb savers are not the answer either, but a bandaid that just delays the inevitable...IF THE RODS ARE NOT PROPERLY SECURED AND FULLY SUPPORTED.