DIY scope mounting
Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Gear & Accessories > Optics & Mounts > DIY scope mounting

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-24-2013, 06:51 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 9
Default DIY scope mounting

Opinion on DIY, or having it professionally done. My concern is the ocular distance setting being off from one person to the next, and myself not having a inch pound torque wrench. Nightforce benchrest 8-32x56. Thanks for your thoughts.
T.

__________________
TimActual is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 02-24-2013, 06:57 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
gearhead396's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 945
Liked 136 Times on 118 Posts

Default

I've done it myself and it worked ok but it didn't feel totally right. I took it to my lgs and had them mount a new scope and sight it for 60 buck its now dead on id say if your a first timer with scopes like me id get a pro to do it.

__________________

"You can all go to Hell and I will go to Texas"

gearhead396 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 07:06 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 9
Default

Yeah, I'm thinking that way. I guess my concern is about parallax. But since the scope has that adjustment I imagine that shouldn't be a concern when having a 3rd party set it up?

__________________
TimActual is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 07:20 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
treehugger49's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Newnan,Georgia
Posts: 421
Liked 42 Times on 36 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

If you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself, at least determine what eye relief works for you so that whoever does the mounting can set the scope in the appropriate spot.

There are numerous YouTube videos on doing it yourself, and it can be done without a torque wrench.

__________________

XD-40 service, XD-9sc, member GeorgiaCarry.Org, National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, North American Hunting Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

treehugger49 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 07:36 PM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 9
Default

That's pretty much where I'm at. I was going to assemble it snug, then take it to the shop that way.

That's going to be delayed a bit as I have to send my "new" rifle to the factory. Turns out the outfitter i bought it from sent me a used rifle with a screw broke off in the rifle's scope mount assembly and dirty action. (&*&@$). Savage Arms is paying for me to ship it to them so they can look at it. Pretty cool on Savage's part, not so cool on the place I bought it from, which was out of state.

__________________
TimActual is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2013, 10:27 PM   #6
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
locutus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 9,308
Liked 5705 Times on 3225 Posts
Likes Given: 5128

Default

My first couple of scopes were gunsmith mounted.

After watching the smith do it, I mounted one on a .22 and it worked well, although it took a bit of effort to get the crosshairs level and the eye relief right. For the last 40 years, I've done my own.

A scope like a Nighforce deserves a gunsmith unless you've already done several, and learned how to get it right the first try.

__________________
“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”


Winston Churchill
locutus is offline  
axxe55 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 06:54 AM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 9
Default

Hi locutus,
Yes, I agree. The last thing I want to do is crush my new scope. I mounted a Colt 4x scope on my CAR-15 about twenty some years ago and haven't had to touch it since other than elevation. But this one's in a different league. I've been saving for like a year to get this setup, so it's important to me to do everything right. I love my 15, it's great, but anymore all I do with it is see how far out I can hit something. So I thought I'd get something I can grow into and get serious about the sport. Hunting is not really my thing, guess I grew up in the wrong state, but I love hitting targets way out there and I'm not half bad at it. Meaning I'm only half good at it, hea. But I'm seeing some really fun times ahead. Going to have to brush up on the math it looks like. Just have to wait for my rifle to come back. It's torture waiting this long. Ten days was bad enough, but I never expected this to happen.

__________________
TimActual is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 04:08 PM   #8
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I have always done my own scope mounting, and I've always found it easy to do. But, because I only shoot bolt actions and single shots, bore sighting is a breeze. Just remove the bolt, look down the bore at the target, align the reticles w/ the bore and shoot. It should be somewhere on the paper. Then, fine tune the POI to where you want it. As far as actually mounting the scope on the rifle, just go about it slowly and tighten up the screws in a criss cross pattern until they are very snug without over tightening.
ct

__________________
 
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 04:21 PM   #9
Moderator
FTF_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
JonM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Rochester WI,Rochester WI
Posts: 17,575
Liked 5662 Times on 2957 Posts
Likes Given: 375

Default

Diy it. Gotta start somewhere. Ifyou got the moola for a nightforce br do it a favor and spring for a wheeler fat wrench. They arent that pricey.

Your average "professional" smith will prolly look at you like you asked him to hump your grandma if you ask him about inch pound torquing scope rings or using bubble levels to properly align it to the reciever.

Its not hard and following the directions nightforce sends on torque levels while using a fat wrench you arent going to hurt anything.

__________________

"Gun control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound." — L. Neil Smith

The problem with being stupid is you cannot simply decide to stop doing dumb things...

JonM is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2013, 12:33 PM   #10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
treehugger49's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Newnan,Georgia
Posts: 421
Liked 42 Times on 36 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Midway USA has their "Fat Wrench" on sale through March.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/718023/wheeler-engineering-fat-firearm-accurizing-torque-torque-wrench-screwdriver

I have one, and it seems to perform OK, but I have read reviews on the internet (so it has to be true!) that their accuracy was not that great...

hence, my comment above that a torque wrench isn't really a necessity. The proper fitting bit or screwdriver, following the directions, judicious torquing, and some Loctite® and you should be good to go.

I have used the bubble levels to which JonM refers, and, while seemingly helpful, I'm not sure I can't get the reticle plumb just as well by eyeballing it.

__________________

XD-40 service, XD-9sc, member GeorgiaCarry.Org, National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, North American Hunting Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

treehugger49 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
Mounting a Scope FCross7 Optics & Mounts 2 04-12-2012 11:57 AM
scope mounting newbie AR-15 Discussion 3 09-19-2011 03:00 AM
Scope mounting length. cpttango30 Optics & Mounts 10 09-08-2010 09:32 PM
Need help mounting a scope metalli445 AR-15 Discussion 9 08-28-2010 08:02 PM
Mounting a scope on M44 dragunovsks Curio & Relic Discussion 2 09-01-2008 05:12 AM