How to mount a riflescope: get it right from the start

Right after you get your hands on your favorite riflescope, the next thing you’ll want to do is get it reaching an optimal performance level. one of the most important upgrades you could make to your rifle is getting a scope.

Well, getting a scope alone won’t be any good if you don’t know exactly how to mount it so as to achieve optimal performance and that’s pretty much why we’re here today.

As compared to paying someone else to do it for you, DIY mounting of your scope is not only cheaper but it’s more dependable for when you’ll want to make future adjustments to the same.

When mounted the wrong way, you won’t get the level of accuracy you deserve. So, how about we go ahead and have a look at how exactly you should do it for the most accurate shots?

Have your workplace set

The very first thing you’ll want to do is set up your workspace and you can simply do this by ensuring you have with you the necessary tools and equipment.

It should be noted that the kind of tools you’ll want to have with you depends entirely on the kind of rifle you have and the type of rings you intend to use.

At the end of the day, you just need to get the wrench,  screwdriver of the perfect size as recommended by the manufacturer for the rings and scope base. Now while fastening the screws, ensure tight them just enough- neither too lose for them to fall out as you use your gun nor should they be too tight that you end up breaking the screw heads or stripping the screws.

It is also wise to ensure that the scope rings match the kind of base you are using and ensure you go the correct height for the scope rings as well which is normally determined by the objective diameter.

Mount the scope bases

If you have used scopes with different bases, then you know the lower the scope is mounted, the better of the experience when it comes to putting your rifle to use.

Before you get started on this, you should, first of all, ensure that the rifle is unloaded. What you’ll want to do next is, with the rifle pointing away from you, secure it with a gun vice then go ahead and remove any residues of grease or oil from the rings, the base, the screw holes or the screws.

If you’re lucky, you might get a rifle that has got a receiver already drilled into it in which case you won’t have to mount a Picatinny rail. If otherwise, you should go ahead and mount your scope base to the rifle receiver and then secure each of the screws.

For some scopes, you may be needed to use Loctite on the screws and you should pay attention to the manufacturer’s instructions regarding this.

Get the scope rings in position

Once you have the base set, getting the rings mounted is the next thing you ought to do. For the rings, they’ll be available in different designs and materials but at the end of the day, what really matters is the ring height. You want it as low as possibleon the receiver.

The rings will also determine the line of sight alignment such that when you have rifle held at a shooting stance, you should see through the rings and not over them or at their base.

Adjusting the eye relief

Once you have the rings set, lay the scope on the rings, place the top half of the rings on it and then tighten the screws slightly on it. To get the eye relief right, move the scope as forwards as possible such that at the same time, you have a clear picture through it with no blurred edges.

Level out the scope’s reticle

When you are certain that the eye relief is perfect, the next thing you ought to do is securing the scope back into the vice/gun cradle so as to level it.

In order to do this, you should first level the firearm using a leveling kit. This basically involves you ensuring that the barrel level and the rear receiver level are at the same height before you tightening the barrel level while ensuring it is at the same level as the rear receiver.

Back to the scope, you should go ahead and put the scope level on top of the scope and ensure that similar to the rifle, adjust the scope till it is perfectly level. Once the scope and the rifle are perfectly level, the scope reticles will be level as well.

Tighten down the scope

After doublechecking that both the scope and the rifle are leveled out, the next thing you ought to do is tightening down the screws.

Now, to ensure you don’t compromise on the accuracy, you should do this very carefullyand with enough precision to ensure they are snug. The reason you should go slow on this is to ensure you don’t damage the screw heads, wear out the screws or compromise the level of the rifle

If you are using a torque wrench, I’d recommend that you stick to a maximum of 40 pounds of torque. It’s best to apply the same amount of pressure so that the scope remains level.

Once you are done with the tightening, go ahead and check whether the scope is still level. Once this is confirmed, you could then move on to making other adjustments such as sighting the bore and adjusting the reticles.

Final verdict

It’s finally time to wrap it all up.By paying attention to all this, you’re sure to have your scope accurately mounted on your preferred rifle of choice for the best shots. Remember, simple a process as it may seem to be, even the slightest error can greatly compromise your shots especially over long distances and it would be wise to take your time.

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