Mounting a Scope
Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Gear & Accessories > Optics & Mounts > Mounting a Scope

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-12-2012, 03:07 AM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
FCross7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 1,017
Default Mounting a Scope

I've been looking into and planning some more for my upcoming rifle, and was thinking about scope mounting. On the last scoped rifle I had, I bought the scope from Bass Pro, and they offered to mount the scope. At the time I had no idea how it was done, so I thought "Sweet! These people are gonna do it and it's gonna be done right". Well I was wrong. The numb nut who mounted it had it sitting at a slight angle so the crosshairs weren't straight. The eye relief was way off. They supposedly bore sighted it, but it was barely on paper at 25 yards. I can now bore sight a rifle and get it nearly dead-on at 25 yards simply by looking down the bore and lining up the scope.

So needless to say, I'm gonna mount this scope myself because I want to be sure it's done properly. I knew somewhat how it was done, but figured I'd watch a video on youtube just to see what all exactly went into it. The video was put together by Wheeler Engineering, and in the video they used a kit they sell to mount the scope, and it seemed like the kit made mounting the scope properly much easier. Here's the kit they were using:

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/453687/wheeler-engineering-scope-mounting-kit-1

And here's a similar kit I found on MidwayUSA:

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/831193/weaver-deluxe-scope-mounting-kit-with-1-lapping-tools

My question to you is are these kits worth the $100 or so? I wouldn't be using it on just the one rifle as I plan on purchasing other rifles in the future that will be scoped.

I don't have a torque wrench, so I have to buy one of those regardless, and a good one runs $40 or more. That's almost half the price of the kit.

For those of you who have used these kits or a similar kit, did you find that it was worth the money you spent on it? It seems to me that it is worth it, but remember I've never mounted a scope so I'm not sure.

-Fred

__________________

"Breathe when you can, shoot when you should."
-Rob Leatham

ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ!

"Qui desiderat pacem, bellum praeparat; nemo provocare ne offendere audet quem intelliget superiorem esse pugnaturem"

FCross7 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 04-12-2012, 11:42 AM   #2
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
ZeusEcho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 579
Liked 50 Times on 46 Posts
Likes Given: 108

Default

I bought a torque wrench and Burris Signature Zee rings. The rings are awesome because the polymer inserts don't mar your scope and hold it super tight. You can also get offset inserts to get very close to zeroed in without major adjustments in windage or elevation. Best of all no need for a scope mounting kit and to lap the rings.

I got the Weaver Torque Wrench, weaver levels, and Tipton gun vise. Good luck!

__________________

ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ
ZeusEcho is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2012, 11:57 AM   #3
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

I've never lapped the rings, but having the torque wrench, while not a necessity, is a nice addition to your tool box if you can afford it. If you don't use a torque wrench, just make sure not to overtighten your screws.

I also use the levels to ensure the scope is mounted with the reticle in the correct orientation. Another optional tool that helps get it right.

You've already discovered you don't need an expensive bore-sighting tool - sighting through a properly aligned bore does the job just as well.

Take your time, use Loctite® appropriately, and you'll get professional results.

__________________

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


Last edited by treehugger49; 04-12-2012 at 12:00 PM.
treehugger49 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
scope mounting newbie AR-15 Discussion 3 09-19-2011 03:00 AM
Questions/Help regarding mounting a scope ACRhino General Rifle Discussion 6 08-14-2011 12:04 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