How to Mount a Rifle Scope

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How to Mount a Rifle Scope

Mounting a telescopic sight (scope) on a rifle takes a little hands-on time. But it’s easy, fun, and not complicated, even for a novice with little experience. Once you have the scope, then purchase matching bases, mounts, and rings for the scope to connect to the rifle. A good sporting goods store will have all the right components, information, and help.

Mounting can be done at a home table or countertop, in a garage workshop, or at a local rifle range or hunt camp.

Here’s how:

1) Prepare a well-lighted place with plenty of elbow room to work. A padded surface like an old blanket or sleeping bag protects a gun and components from scratches. Lay out scope-mount parts and tools on the blanket. A little gun oil comes in handy, and a bit of “Permatex” or “Locktite” is a good idea for securing screws.

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2) If the rifle is a bolt action, remove the bolt, which makes working less cumbersome. Check that scope bases fit the rifle receiver with mounting screws.

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3) Apply a drop of “Permatex” to the screws, which ensures a lasting, secure fit and prevents thread rusting. Tighten scope base screws with a correct-size screw driver, but be careful not to damage any metal.

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4) Fit scope mounts to bases. Be sure correct components match gun, scope, and rings.

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5) A special wrench is sometimes required to tighten screws. Use “Permatex” on all screws. Do not over tighten.

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6) Place scope on base mounts, and check for a non-binding fit. A touch of oil on mounts helps fitting.

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7) Fit rings around the scope, and lightly connect screws. Rotate the scope a bit in the loose-fitting rings, watching for binding. If the scope binds, remove rings and adjust mounts until scope rotates without binding. This ensures proper ring scope alignment, a must for accurate shooting.

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8) Position the scope so crosshairs are aligned and a good sight picture is seen by the shooter. Then slowly tighten all ring screws. Care should be taken to prevent binding.

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9) A bolt-action rifle is easy to “bore sight” using a solid base for the rifle, like a blanket or sleeping bag. Simply pick a target 20 to 40 feet away, and set the rifle pointed toward it on the blanket.

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10) Look down the rifle barrel and position the target dead center.

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11) Now check the scope without moving the rifle, and adjust the crosshairs on the target center.

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12) A final check that the “bore” is centered on the target as well as the scope, and you’re ready for sight-in shooting at the ran

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