7 Simple Steps to Mount Your Scope
1. Match Rings And Bases
It’s no secret that all modern rifles are available with either tapped and pre-drilled for scope bases or pre-grooved in order to accommodate the appropriate mounting attachments. This means that the first steps you will need to make in order to mount your scope is to simply make sure that the particular mounting system that you have chosen is the correct fit for your rifle. You will also need to make sure that the rings are the correct diameter and height so that you can properly position your scope. Particular types of scope rings will only fit specific types of scope bases, so it’s fundamental that you make sure that all the components match perfectly. Scope rings are also available in different heights, which can often cause some confusion.
Simply adjust both the horizontal and vertical axis to your own desired point of aim.
2. Mount The Bases
We recommend to mount your rifle’s scope as low on your rifle as physically possible without the use of an objective bell touching the barrel. Make sure to allow for clearance at the eyepiece and to allow for access and operation of the bolt. If you are feeling lost at this point, or not confident enough to mount your base, most local firearm stores will be able to assist you. Usually free of charge too. Most types of rings and bases can be attached with screws by the use of Torx wrenches or socket heads.
Start by attaching the bases by wiping all of the attaching
surfaces clean and dry before applying just a thin coat of oil or other form of rust preventive.
Check that your rifle’s bases are secured and properly aligned. Always double check that you have not attached your bases backwards. It happens!
3. Secure Your Bases
To make sure that your bases are entirely secure, we recommend applying just a small drop of a thread-freezing compound, there are many great brands such as Loctite, which can act as a semi-permanent adhesive which is incredibly secure. Make sure there is an even fit with regards to your bases by lightly alternately the screws as you tighten them. If you use rings which attach solely to the front base with the use of a rotating socket system, don’t use the scope as a lever in order to pivot the ring into its correct position. Instead, we recommend using a wooden dowel or something of similar diameter.
4. Align The Reticle
Once the bottom half of the rings are securely in place, position your scope and tighten both the top halves of the rings just enough to allow the scope to slightly move back and forth and rotate freely.
5. Adjust The Eye Relief
Position the scope so that it is seated forward enough to make sure that your eye is safe from any possible recoil. We recommend, moving the scope about an inch further forward than you feel it should be.
6. Tighten Up The Screws
Once you have double-checked your scope’s position, it’s time to securely tighten up the ring screws.
7. Bore Sight
Once your screws are tightened, you can now insert a bore sight by using the correct insertion pin for the specific caliber that you are using. Once inserted, adjust both the horizontal and vertical axis to your preferred point of aim.