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Mounting A Rifle Scope The Right Way

Mounting A Rifle Scope The Right Way

Do you consider yourself a successful hunter? If your answer is a yes, we want to see how you answer our second question. Can you mount a rifle scope? Did we just see a few hands than last time come up?

Well if you do not know how to do this, do not worry, we have created this article to deal with issues relating to the mounting of a rifle scope. If you usually take your rifle scope to the gunsmith to mount it for you, you should try and do this for yourself and see how great you will feel when you do it right.

There are a few reasons why you need to know how to properly mount your rifle scope. Firstly, the reason why you are mounting a scope in the first place is to increase your accuracy. It does not matter how good your firearm and ammunition is, if your scope is not mounted properly, your results will not please anyone.

Properly mounting your rifle scope is also important for eye relief, which refers to the distance between your eyes and the back of the scope. This is important for a proper projection of the image.

Match The Rings To The Bases

The most important starting point when you are planning to mount your own rifle scope is to ensure the compatibility between your rifle and the rings of your scope. It is safe to say that almost all modern rifles come with the necessary holes for use with rifle scopes.

This is the reason why you want to ensure that the mounting system you are choosing is the one for your rifle. This is important as you will discover that particular types of bases are made for certain types of rings.

Things To Consider When Mounting The Bases

It is advisable that when mounting the scope you do so as low on your rifle as you possibly can so that the there is no contact between the objective bell and the rifle. Also, ensure that you have allowed enough clearance of the eyepiece so that the bolt can be operated freely.

Check whether you will need a socket head or Torx wrenches to screw in the rings.

Before attaching the bases, wipe both the attaching surfaces dry. After cleaning them you should apply some form of oil to prevent rust. You would not want that area to start corroding later on in the relationship between your rifle and its scope.

Once this is in order, ensure that your bases are aligned properly. It is especially important to ensure that you are not fastening them the wrong way.

Secure Them For The Long Run

You certainly want to lock your rifle scope down for the long run. To do this, ensure that you apply a tiny drop compound specifically made to freeze threads.

In order to ensure that the fit is even, turn the screws alternately so that you do not have one fastening too hard while another is still not yet in.

Reticle Alignment

Once you have got the bottom half of the rings in place, it’s time to put the scope in position and fasten the upper halves of the rings. Only do so to the extent that the scope is able to rotate.

It should also be able to move back and forth. Hold the rifle level and start rotating the scope so that the reticle ends up in a position that is exactly vertical and horizontal.

Work With Eye Relief

Once the reticle is adjusted and you are happy, it is now time to adjust the eye relief. You need to safeguard from recoil by giving the scope sufficient distance forward.

Gunsmiths will advise you to move your scope just about 1-inch further than you would have originally put it.

Time To Tighten The Screws

Now it is time to tighten the screws, but before doing so, you need to ensure that the scope is in the right position.

Insert The Bow Sight

To insert the boresight, ensure that you are using the right insertion pin for your particular caliber. Once this is accomplished, you can now do an adjustment of both the horizontal and vertical axis to whatever point of aim you have in your mind.

Now your rifle scope is set and you are ready to go. We hope that being able to do this for yourself gave you the same satisfaction as we did when we were able to do this for the first time.


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