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Old 10-14-2012, 07:55 AM
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Crosshair levelling

Ive browsed several articles lately where different shooters have been struggling with getting their scope crosshairs level vs the rifle to eliminate canting the rifle. Ive seen various new tools for achieving this with all the levels and custom made jigs all involving using a spirit level etc. Ive been using a simple method for years now to do this and figured I'd share it here.

Place the rifle in a vice where its certain that the rifle is level in the vertical plane. You could even use the spirit level here but its not really necessary given you have a decent vice.

Place a 3/4 full glass of water out at about 25-50 yds and use the water in the glass to level the horizontal crosshair while looking through the scope.
It may take a little tinkering with the gun in the vice to get it on the right level with the glass but its worth the effort. The water in the glass will always find its level and give you a simple yet effective means of setting your scope level.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:30 AM
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Re: Crosshair levelling

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Ive browsed several articles lately where different shooters have been struggling with getting their scope crosshairs level vs the rifle to eliminate canting the rifle. Ive seen various new tools for achieving this with all the levels and custom made jigs all involving using a spirit level etc. Ive been using a simple method for years now to do this and figured I'd share it here.

Place the rifle in a vice where its certain that the rifle is level in the vertical plane. You could even use the spirit level here but its not really necessary given you have a decent vice.

Place a 3/4 full glass of water out at about 25-50 yds and use the water in the glass to level the horizontal cross hair while looking through the scope.
It may take a little tinkering with the gun in the vice to get it on the right level with the glass but its worth the effort. The water in the glass will always find its level and give you a simple yet effective means of setting your scope level.
Sounds good.

I use to use a plumb bob in the same way that uses the virtical cross hair.

I now find it easier to use 2 spirit levels, one on the action rails to level the rifle, and one on the
scope caps. this can be done inside my shop and is very accurate. I have checked the spirit level
method with a plum bob and it was spot on.

Even after this is done shooting at different ranger is still nessary to prove everything is in order.

Thanks for the tip.

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Old 10-14-2012, 08:48 AM
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Re: Crosshair levelling

used to use a plumb bob, now I just have vertical, and horizontal lines drawn on the wall, and a spirit levels for reference when tightening things down.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:28 AM
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Re: Crosshair levelling

I Think the bigger question has to with the gun...where is the best part to get a level reading....scope base??? or a flat spot on the receiver?
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:33 AM
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Re: Crosshair levelling

I use a construction laser that projects a perfectly plumb and level line on any wall. Very easy to see when referencing the cross hairs to it. Plus its portable.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:36 AM
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I Think the bigger question has to with the gun...where is the best part to get a level reading....scope base??? or a flat spot on the receiver?
I know, I've wondered that too. Plus some action don't have a good flat spot to place a level.
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:21 AM
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Re: Crosshair levelling

I use a builders laser on a wall, and back up as far as possible. Bore site to the verticle laser, making sure the scope axis is centered and aline the verticle cross hair to the verticle laser. A brite colored plumb bob string at distance is good , but I may have a wind issue? I feel the more distance I can get, and the better I can bore site it , the nearer off I would be . I want the elevation to track with the bullet trajectory. The rest is my shooter error. I am beginning to understand why scope levels are usefull when hunting. I can't be more accurate than my tool.
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