Having the best riflescope is a very important tool when it comes to shooting. It focuses on all the three object on one visual plane that is the rear sight, the front sight, and the target. This, therefore, will make shooting easy unlike shooting without a scope. But this will only happen if you mount your scope correctly to your rifle. Below is a breakdown of how well you can mount your scope on the rifle and make it work well. You need to know about the parts of a scope to follow this guide.
How to Mount a Scope in Six Steps
Step 1: Match ring and bases.
Looking at the design of modern rifles, you will realize that most rifles are either grooved for appropriate mounting attachment or they are pre-drilled for scope rings or bases.so it is always good to ensure that the mounting system you are having can properly fit your rifle. Also ensure that the rings are of right diameter and height for proper scope positioning. This is because some types of scope rings only fit certain scope bases. Their height are also different so it is good to always inquire to avoid such confusion when mounting.
Step 2: Mount bases.
It is always recommended to ensure that the scope is mounted as low as possible on the rifle, also ensure that the objective bell does not touch the barrel. Align the base with mounting holes that are on the receiver, and ensure that the distance in between the ring areas completely fits the tube space on the scope.
Tighten each of the screws and clamp it securely to the base, engage at least four threads to the receiver tap for strength. A thread lock drop ensures that there is durability, avoid overtightening of screws as they risk breaking heads or stripping threads.
Step 3: Mount the rings.
Having a rear windage adjustable rings, like the one we find in Leopold STD system, just turn evenly the windage screws found on the rear base. Pivot a dovetail ring using a dowel into position. Before tightening the bolt, it’s good to make sure that the ring is pushed forward in the slot which should be engaged with the weaver style ring cross bolt, this is located at the bottom.
There is always a varying torque recommendation for cross bolt screw and windage. Always check the packaging or even get the correct amount by contacting the manufactures for inquiries.
Step 4: Check ring fit and alignment.
Some rings contain burrs that result from machining, this can be corrected by lightly filing them if need be. Electricians tape can also be used to line inside the ring surface, this is very important as it will ensure that the ring is fit, tight and prevent the scratching of scope tube.
Ensure that the rings are precisely aligned to fit the scope without necessarily binding. Rings that are misaligned stresses the scope tube which may lead to damage. For absolute precision in ensuring that the ring edges are parallel with the main tube, use pointed alignment rod that is from Brownells.
Step 5: Position the scope.
Fit the scope in the ring comfortably and leave a slack that will allow movement of optics for eye relief adjustment and reticle leveling. Screws should be tightened in horizontal split rings by the use of partial turns that is alternating in ‘X’ pattern. This will help in reducing the uneven pressure witnessed when the scope is rotating.
When this is done, check through the scope and ensure that the reticle is level relative to the base. Make sure that the position of the scope is always forward enough so as to protect the eye from recoil. Use the rule of thumb which is to always place the scope one inch further from where you think it should be.
Step 6: Bore sight
Always use the correct insertion pin to insert the bore sight for the caliber that you are using. After this, adjust the horizontal and vertical axis to your preferred point of aim. Always ensure that before hunting you fine tune your zero at a range.
Having the right mounting tools will make your job easier, always ensure that you don’t improvise thing that might interfere with the scope performance. Use the manual given by the manufacturers to get more instruction on how well to mount your scope. If you complete your mounting and pass the inspection, then you should be ready to go out and get a good performance from your scope. Treating your scope with care will ensure that it gives you the service for years without replacing.