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How do you mount a scope on a rifle?
7-13-11 | self

Posted on 07/14/2011 3:15:57 PM PDT by Jerrybob

I know this probably sounds really stupid, but I want to be sure -- I've googled "how to mount a scope" and get all sorts of dandy directions, but -- I assume you mount the right/left adjustment on the top and the up/down adjustment on the side.....


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1 posted on 07/14/2011 3:16:02 PM PDT by Jerrybob
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To: Jerrybob

Yes, that’s the way it’s done.


2 posted on 07/14/2011 3:18:28 PM PDT by MtnMan101 (THE PROBLEM WITH SOCIALISUM IS THAT YOU EVENTUALLY RUN OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY)
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To: Jerrybob

First, find some scope mounts for your model rifle that will fit the scope you want. Some rifles are predrilled for the screws for the mount or the receiver is milled for a particular scope.

Look online at Brownells.com or at Midwayusa.com


3 posted on 07/14/2011 3:20:40 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Jerrybob

Generally, height adjustment resides on the top, and windage (left, right) reside on the side.

How are you planning to zero it? You could get a head start by utilizing a process called bore sighting. You can purchase a relatively in-expensive little device that helps you with this. Google the above description.


4 posted on 07/14/2011 3:20:49 PM PDT by tickedoffnow (No more...)
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To: Jerrybob

Elevation on top, azimuth on the side, normally. But if you like the other way it’s up to you. Might surprise someone who borrows the rifle.

I knew a guy who did it at 45 deg, so the crosshair looked like an X. Don’t know why, but he said it worked for him, though to move the impact point one inch up took a couple clicks on EACH axis.


5 posted on 07/14/2011 3:24:42 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: MtnMan101

The elevation dial is on top up-down.
The windage dial is on the side.R/L.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQgXPA4A2J0

Watch the video it may help.


6 posted on 07/14/2011 3:25:09 PM PDT by fudimo
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To: Jerrybob

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/lid=10988/GunTechdetail/Mounting_a_Scope_on_a_Rifle


7 posted on 07/14/2011 3:25:22 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Jerrybob

All I know is that if you mount it backwards, the deer will look reeeaaaalllly far, far away.


8 posted on 07/14/2011 3:28:37 PM PDT by San Jacinto
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To: Jerrybob
Do your research first at gunsmithing websites.

There are several varieties of scope mount bases and rings including scope tube diameters and ring heights.

If you have a bolt action rifle consider bolt handle swing.

Your rifle manufacturer may have some information at their website.

9 posted on 07/14/2011 3:29:50 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Holy flippin' crap, Sarah rocks the world!)
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To: Jerrybob

Nope, up, down adjusments on top of rifle, left/right on the side. If you have any doubt about your ability to mount a scope take it to a gunsmith(you should be able to find one in your area by using google or some other search engine). They don’t charge much for this service and you will be assured it is done correctly.


10 posted on 07/14/2011 3:29:52 PM PDT by calex59
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To: tickedoffnow
Concur on boresghting. A simple <$50 laser boresighter works great. Measure the scope centerline above the bore. Using various free ballistics programs, enter in the cartridge of interest, scope height, and desired starting range. Say, somewhere between 200-300 yards.

Have the program create a graph or table, and you will see the first crossing of the bullet path at a near range, around 20-50 yards depending on bullet velocity, going above the sight line, and then drop back to the desired range.

Simply put a reflective target like white paper or a laser target at the close range, and bring the laser spot to center up/down, left/right. You will be on the paper at the far range when you actually shoot.

11 posted on 07/14/2011 3:30:09 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Jerrybob

Typically, the adjusting is done by screws that move the reticule. The screw on the top lifts and lowers it, and the screw on the side shifts it left and right. Do you need to take a gun safety course?

Remember to really tighten those mounting screws.


12 posted on 07/14/2011 3:30:36 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Jerrybob
Go to a local gunsmith shop, introduce yourself, and ask. If you don't have the expertise they will help you out. Could range from pointing you in the right direction for scope mounts for your rifle to giving you pointers to do it yourself, to giving you a price to do it for you.

Never be afraid to ask the experts. They are business people and will let you know when advice is free and when they will start charging, as they should.

13 posted on 07/14/2011 3:30:36 PM PDT by !1776!
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To: Jerrybob; Navy Patriot

Along with what NP said, if you have a Mauser type flag safety, make sure it clears the tube also. (I already made that mistake on my Winchester 54)


14 posted on 07/14/2011 3:41:34 PM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: Jerrybob
Please don't take this the wrong way....but, if you have to ask this question on the retardweb (and of all places on FR)...please stay away from firearms until you read up a bit.

Not trying to be a d!ck but this question as asked is just silly.

15 posted on 07/14/2011 3:42:40 PM PDT by gilor (Pull the wool over your own eyes!)
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To: doorgunner69

Bore sighter is not needed. I take the bolt out of my gun and place the gun on benchrest an adjust so I can see a target centered though the bore of the gun. I then adjust the scope to be centered on the target. I usually do it at 50 yds.

Keep in mind that you still have to make final adjustment by shooting as bore sighting will only get you close.

Most of my hunting guns are zeroed at 200 yds. For most high-power rifles this will mean that the gun will shoot about 1 1/2 to 2 inches high at 100 yds and about the same low at 250 yds which is close enough for big game hunting so you don’t have to worry about hold over out to 250 yds.


16 posted on 07/14/2011 3:44:38 PM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: doorgunner69

A door gunner giving advice on sighting in a scope? Now that’s hoot, lol, :) Actually, I’ll give you due, your’s is one of the best postings on this thread. I would only add one little item. When mounting a scope, assuming the shoulder stock is the correct length, be “sure” that you have the rear lens about two inches away from your sighting eye. Keep in mind that when shooting at game, one tends to pull the rifle in tighter than when shooting on a range. Aw heck, they’ll figure it out after they get bit a couple of times. No pain no gain :)


17 posted on 07/14/2011 3:45:09 PM PDT by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: Jerrybob
By the way, it is never stupid to ask BEFORE you do something, so ya passed the first test.
18 posted on 07/14/2011 3:50:54 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Holy flippin' crap, Sarah rocks the world!)
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To: Jerrybob

Point the big end towards the front


19 posted on 07/14/2011 3:52:14 PM PDT by clamper1797 (Hoping to have some change left)
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To: San Jacinto
All I know is that if you mount it backwards, the deer will look reeeaaaalllly far, far away.

LOL... post of the day.

20 posted on 07/14/2011 3:54:36 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: snoringbear
Hey! I shot Expert with iron sights on a M-14, so scopes are cheating in a weird way to how I was trained to shoot.

That said, my eyes can no longer do that sort of thing, so I have entered the world of optics.

Yeah, tracers are cheating too, but mastering hitting something while there is a lot of relative motion is not child's play....... ;-)

21 posted on 07/14/2011 3:57:57 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Okieshooter
Do you have a particular rifle in mind? I can give you specifics, plus things to do and not do depending on the firearm.

One of the biggies is intended use. For example, if you have an AK or an AR carbine, then a red dot quick reaction type sight is ideal for ranges of 150 to 250 yards. If you have a .308 rifle that can reach out beyond 250 yards, then a good scope and rings is a the idea. Send me a PM.

22 posted on 07/14/2011 3:59:47 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: Jerrybob

23 posted on 07/14/2011 4:03:19 PM PDT by poindexter
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To: gilor
Not trying to be a d!ck but this question as asked is just silly.

For someone that wasn't trying you sure did a good job.

24 posted on 07/14/2011 4:03:37 PM PDT by 11Bush
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To: Jerrybob
"How do you mount a scope on a rifle?"


25 posted on 07/14/2011 4:06:30 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Jerrybob

Or:

26 posted on 07/14/2011 4:08:16 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: 11Bush

It’s like this...just because you can change your oil, doesn’t mean you’re ready to do brakes.


27 posted on 07/14/2011 4:10:59 PM PDT by gilor (Pull the wool over your own eyes!)
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To: Jerrybob

a. Ducttape your 100x zoom digital camera on the barrel
b. Line up a target at 1000 yards
c. Adjust camera until bullet holes are in center of camera screen


28 posted on 07/14/2011 4:28:25 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: Jerrybob

Take it to a competent gunsmith in your area.


29 posted on 07/14/2011 4:57:33 PM PDT by Big_Harry (Ecc10:2 "A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left")
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To: Big_Harry

“Take it to a competent gunsmith in your area.”

That is probably good advice, but for me part of the fun of the sport is doing my own gun maintenance. Mounting and sighting in a scope is one of the easier things to do if you have some mechanical ability. The first time it might be best to get some help from someone that has experience.


30 posted on 07/14/2011 5:52:00 PM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: gilor
Not trying to be a d!ck

Oops. Too late.

31 posted on 07/14/2011 6:50:15 PM PDT by LouAvul
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To: Jerrybob

A meaningful consensus exists that mounting the scope parallel to the barrel is best.


32 posted on 07/14/2011 6:58:06 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (I fight gangs for local charities and stuff.)
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To: Jerrybob
Don't know if you found this one... From the rec.guns FAQ: http://www.recguns.com/Sources/VIIIB3.html

Usenet used to be so great. I relied on it more than the web. Now, most of us can't get it through our ISPs and I doubt many would want it, so many spammers have so thoroughly ruined it. Too bad. If there is one thing I'd like to be able to do someday, it'd be to download all the great FAQs from the usenet of old, especially the *.gun.* FAQs.

33 posted on 07/14/2011 11:32:32 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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