Drilling and Taping a scope base for the first time

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by mookiie2005, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. mookiie2005

    mookiie2005 New Member

    I am going to try my hand at drilling and taping a scope base to my SKS rifle. Some questions I hope you all can help me with are below:

    Does anyone have any tips?

    What type of tools are required - I planned to use a bench top drill press to make the wholes, i just purchased one for this project specifically. What else may be required?

    Can anyone recommend some test material to try the drilling first so I at least can verify I can do it?

    Does anyone have any other general advice?
  2. hiwall

    hiwall Active Member

    Well at least you are doing your first job on an inexpensive rifle. Do you know where to mount the base? When you know the spot to put it you can put thin double sided tape on the base and use the base for your drill guide. You know that it has to be very straight and in-line with the rifle bore. If it is even a little off you will most likely not have enough adjustment in the scope to sight it in. OK enough scare talk. It always good to see someone do things for themselves. So have at it. Do you have the correct drill and tap? Most bases use 6-48 screws(#31 drill) or 8-40 screws(#28 drill). I have both and if you bring your rifle over you can use my drill press.

  3. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

    Don't drill through the chamber!!