How to Properly Mount a Scope on a Rifle or Shotgun


How to Properly Mount a Scope on a Rifle or Shotgun

Larry Potterfield of MidwayUSA knows his way around guns, and he’s not shy about helping to educate others. In this video, he demonstrates the proper way to mount a scope on a rifle or shotgun.

He goes about mounting the bases by removing the plug screws, degreasing the threaded holes, applying oil between bases and receiver, and using threadlocker on the screws. He even uses a torque screwdriver to tighten the screws securing the bases to the receiver.

After tightening the screws, you need to check to make sure your gun will function properly… sometimes the screws protrude down into the receiver, interfering with the movement of the bolt or other parts.

He even laps the rings to make their inside surfaces more uniform.

Check it out; even us experienced hands can learn a thing or two.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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