The Process of Mounting a Scope
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Hunting and gun range shootings are some of the popular activities which involve rifles and scopes. Many people often have the urge for precision in little distant shootings, and this thus requires the proper installation of a scope. For years many people have concluded that the scope mounting process is complicated and demanding. Therefore, they have always paid gunsmiths and other professionals to assist them in the mounting process.
Some of these mounts are always not precise as required by the rifle owners contributing to high levels of inaccuracy in the field and frequent visits to other gunsmiths for mounting adjustments which could be expensive and inconvenient in many ways. Nevertheless, the mounting process is however simple and can be done by any individual as long as they follow the following steps;
Preparation for the mounting
This is the first step in the mounting process and thus an essential one. This step involves ensuring that you have all the equipment and materials required for the mounting. They include;
- The riffle
- A scope
- Mounting base
- Scope rings
- Removable threadlocker
- Torque wrench
- Screwdriver bits
- Bubble levels
- Gun vice
- Cleaning patches
The tools listed above are some of the essentials required to complete the mounting process.
It is vital that you check and ensure that these tools are of matching sets with each other for instance, the screwdriver bits should be able to fit with the screw perfectly, and the scope base and rings should also match perfectly.
Also, you should check on the instructional manual on the tools to learn on the amount of tension required for proper screwing to prevent over-tightening or leaving the screws loose as these will also cause inconveniences.
Securing the bases
This is the second step in the mounting process, and before proceeding further, you need to ensure that the rifle is unloaded and pointed in a safe direction for safety.
This is followed by securing the rifle on a gun vice for stability. The tools are then degreased more so the bases, rings, and the screws. Holes are then drilled on to the riffles receiver with precaution followed by a careful alignment of the holes on scope bases to the holes on the receiver for secure tightening with screws. This completes this step; however, it is always important to tighten the screws as per the specifications of the manufacture to prevent inconveniences.
Mounting the rings
This is the third step in the process. Thus after installing the bases or acquiring a rifle with already mounted bases, the attachment of the rings follows.
You will need to assemble all the ring parts and the screws in one place, then just like the bases, pick the bottom portions of the rings, mount them to the bases then tighten them with the screws. Further, add the top portions and also screw them tight as per the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure they fit appropriately.
Setting the eye relief
This is similarly an important step as it prevents the black halo through the best ar 10 scope. In this step, you will first place the scope in the rings and tighten the screws loosely, then pick up the rifle and place it on a comfortable shoulder position as if you were ready to use it in the field with head placement also as comfortable as possible.
With much comfort as possible, you will look through the scope while moving it slightly in a horizontal manner, forwards and backward until you find the scope position with the clearest field of view. This is the correct distance for eye relief.
Leveling the firearm
This is the next essential step, which involves returning the riffle to the vice properly and ensuring that it is level. This step requires the utilization of a leveling kit, which will be used to level the receiver level and the barrel. Once the two rifle points are in sync and on the same level, the next step is undertaken.
Leveling the scope
This also involves the use of the leveling kit. You place a level on the center turret of the scope, followed by the adjustment of the scope within a perpendicular axis until your reticle is perpendicular and parallel to the bore. This will compensate for windage and elevation while in the field.
This is the final step, which involves carefully tightening the screws in the mounted scope in a diagonal pattern similar to the installation of a tire. While utilizing a special torque wrench of about 35 to 40 pounds torque, this process will ensure that the adjustments and leveling earlier made are not changed as the screws will be equally tightened down.
You will then be ready to go to the field and get started.