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Old 06-22-2017, 01:50 AM   #21
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Stalkingbear, do you use a metal rod or wooden dowel for lapping? If so, do use slightly undersized to account for the emory cloth thickness? Does it form sharp edges or do you round them off?
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personally i use a thick-walled PVC pipe and valve lapping compound to do mine. the professional versions i have seen use an aluminum rod if i'm not mistaken.
I rarely ever lap rings anymore since almost all of my rings are Burris Signature Zee rings.
But,I still have my Wheeler ring lapping kit,it has a 1" and 30mm steel lapping rods that are used with lapping compound to lap the rings
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If you find mounting scopes a problem? You really should take up another hobby. Rifleman learn by experimenting and trail and error.
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If you find mounting scopes a problem? You really should take up another hobby. Rifleman learn by experimenting and trail and error.
I think Shopfox just has a problem with buying enough scopes to put on all of his rifles.
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If you find mounting scopes a problem? You really should take up another hobby. Rifleman learn by experimenting and trail and error.
I like learning by other people's errors. It's a lot cheaper

There are guys who have no problems shooting. Just load a round and pull the trigger. Simple. Some people take it to a different level. Proper sight picture, body position, cheek weld, finger position, trigger squeeze, breath control, timing between heartbeats, pre-loading the bipod, etc.

The same goes for the equipment. Some people tighten it till it feels right to them. Other people think about torque specs, concentricity, bore axis vs rail axis, scope height, reticle cant, eye relief, etc.

I like learning how and why things work, putting in a bit of sweat equity, and getting better than average results. Part of getting better is doing - trial and error. Standing on the shoulders of giants and building on their experience is way more fun.

Mounting scopes is easy. Doing it right takes good experience.
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Stupid little things like pushing the rings forward into lugs before tightening, degreasing before assembly/install, loctite on the right screws. Stuff like this many of us take for granted.

Sometimes I wonder what else I'm missing and dont know - so I ask.
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Stupid little things like pushing the rings forward into lugs before tightening, degreasing before assembly/install, loctite on the right screws. Stuff like this many of us take for granted.

Sometimes I wonder what else I'm missing and dont know - so I ask.
i think you're like me and need to buy more scopes!
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I think Shopfox just has a problem with buying enough scopes to put on all of his rifles.
Close. Problem is buying enough "good quality" scopes for all my rifles.

As I get better scopes, the budget ones come off. My kids rifles (for future use) are currently unscoped. Soon they will wear my old Simmons 3-9x40's that are being decommisioned. Someday, when I upgrade my Nikon's, those Simmon's (if I'm alive and the scopes still function), will get put on a plinker .22 , and my kids rifles will get my Nikon's.

The other problem I'm working through is experience. I used to think "bigger is better", so I have scopes like 3-9x50's that I bought because they were the same price as a 3-9x40 (or less even). As I learned through experience, a 2-7x32 is really sufficient for my rifles needs sometimes (e.g. on a NEF break action 444 Marlin, or a 44 mag rifle).

It's a gradual unwind, cleanup, and purge operation. Subject to change depending on cashflow and experience.
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. I have an extra scope on hand in case I find another rifle. I know I'm seriously lagging in total count in collection
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