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Old 02-18-2011, 03:10 PM   #1
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OK SO I got a nifty Tipton gun vice for my birthday.

I got out the AR the other night and my 6" torpedo level. I am lucky because my gas block is a railed version. I set the level on there and leveled the rifle and making sure it stayed level I tightened it down. I then placed the level on the top turret and seen that the scope was canted slightly (About 1/16 to 1/8") to the right. So I loosened the rings and set it level. WOW What a difference that made.

Now my question is how do I do that on a bolt gun? I have no flat spot on the receiver to place a level not even a string level. Do I need to remove the scope completely and use the level on the bottom half of the rings? or on the mount? It is a Leupold one piece mount on one and 2 piece bases on another.
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Old 02-18-2011, 03:35 PM   #2
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typical on my bolt guns thats how i do it. i remove the scope level the rifle on the scope base lock it down make sur it hasnt moved then level the scope and tighten. i make my eye relief adjustment before any of that so i can just mount the scope.
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CP, heres what I use. Works very good and is quick.

Wheeler® Engineering Level Level Level

Midway has them for $19.99, however, they are on backorder now but should be in by 2-19-11

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CP, heres what I use. Works very good and is quick.

Wheeler® Engineering Level Level Level

Midway has them for $19.99, however, they are on backorder now but should be in by 2-19-11
ive got that kit. it only works on about 30% of guns ive tried it on as described in the instructions as a lot of rifles the recievers are not level in the magazine area. i sometimes take it to the range as part of my kit and have leant to quite a few peeps.

however there is always a spot or two you can level level the rifle.

check to make sure that whatever point your leveling is level with the scope base.
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ive got that kit. it only works on about 30% of guns ive tried it on as described in the instructions as a lot of rifles the recievers are not level in the magazine area. i sometimes take it to the range as part of my kit and have leant to quite a few peeps.

however there is always a spot or two you can level level the rifle.

check to make sure that whatever point your leveling is level with the scope base.
Hmmmmm... I've used it on quite a few center fire bolt rifles over the years and havn't run across one yet that it hasn't worked on. The bottom rifle level has always properly engaged the bolt raceway for a true rifle level with no problems. The top scope level has always laid flat across the elevation turret or threaded down scope cap with no problems as well.
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Hmmmmm... I've used it on quite a few center fire bolt rifles over the years and havn't run across one yet that it hasn't worked on. The bottom rifle level has always properly engaged the bolt raceway for a true rifle level with no problems. The top scope level has always laid flat across the elevation turret or threaded down scope cap with no problems as well.
For example, the bolt raceways on both of my Kimber rifles are not level, therefore that bottom level is useless.
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For example, the bolt raceways on both of my Kimber rifles are not level, therefore that bottom level is useless.
Well I've not had a Kimber to try it on and I imagine theres is others that this won't work on as well.
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Just figured out that it won't work on a Howa 1500 either. FYI.
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Just figured out that it won't work on a Howa 1500 either. FYI.
So lon, as to help out here; What relitively quick/easy method would you use to level scopes for rifles like the Kimber and Howa types?

Not so much for me as I'll probably never own one of these bolt guns but for others who might just happen to have rifles like these.
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Ha! Wish I had an answer. On my rifles that don't have a level bolt raceway, I just eyeball it at the house when I'm mounting the scope. Then, of course, I get it to the range and it's canted. Then, more adjustments!
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