Originally Posted by Bigcat_hunter
I didn't bed the rail. I did however remove it and inspect it before the last scope mount. Everything looked fine and I re mounted it with blue lock tight. The rifle has a 4 port muscle brake on it and the recoil is like shooting a 243.
I'm just getting real tired of burning rounds trying to figure this out. I will test the tracking in a couple of days. If its off I will have my smith check the ring alignment. My hunch is it's the mechanics of the scope. Really wanted to use this gun for a bear hunt the end of the month but I don't trust the scope yet.
There's still a hell of a shock when you pull the trigger even though the brake works well. About 30-40% of the recoil comes from the inertia of the bullet leaving the chamber and slamming into the lans.
Even the slightest hint of looseness in your mounts, even if you can't detect it can cause shattered reticles and result eventually in sheared off screws.
If you're going to take it to the gunsmith anyhow I'd bed it with JB or Devcon before you take it in and have him put one pin in. That way if you ever go to a heavier scope you're already covered and either way you'll never have to worry about it again. Even just a single 1/16" 3/32" pin pretty much eliminates any possibility of it ever breaking loose under any circumstances and it's a really cheap, quick, fix or preventive measure.
I had one vortex that wouldn't hold zero either and didn't track right and it really drove me nuts and cost me a lot of wasted ammo so I understand where you are with this very well.