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Old 07-23-2012, 08:33 PM
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Getting a reticle level is nearly impossible .

The only way i've been able to get a scope level with standard rings is luck .
I just erased all of my post out of frustration -if someone invented something that truly worked they could sell it to me for sure.

I'm about a half step away from tightening the scope down to near torgue specs and putting a pipe wrench on it ----seriously !
Just kind of aggitated with this process -so don't bother telling me how to tighten the right side front screw -then the left side rear screw etc. that does not work no matter how you do it.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:15 PM
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Re: Getting a reticle level is nearly impossible .

I find it seems to depend on the scope, the rings and the location of the moon.

I use the Wheeler Level/Level/Level tool combined with the EXD vertical reticle tool:

EXD ENGINEERING VERTICAL RETICLE INSTRUMENT - Brownells

There are tricks to it, but I've gotten quite good at it by now.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:55 PM
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Re: Getting a reticle level is nearly impossible .

I can level until I am blue in the face but in the end I have to use the elevation turret or shoot 100
yards to 600 yards to get a perfict level of the scope.

If you shoot 100 yards and then start up on the elevation the POI will tell you which way you
have to go.

I allways place a small piece of tape on the scope against one of the rings and another on the
ring after the first attempt to level the scope. then I make a very fine mark on both pieces
as a reference so if I need to move the scope I know where I was, and where I need to be.

If the windage changes as I elevate I adjust the scope so there are no windage changes at any
distance.

Note : The rifle has to be leveled for each shot. I use a level that fits on the rails of the action
for this. This will keep you from canting the rifle and nullifying the scope leveling results.

When you are done the windage will not change as you crank in elevation and the cross hairs/
reticle will help to prevent canting if you are on level ground. If you hunt the mountains where
the ground is never level an external level is recomended

A mechanical zero is ok for short distance buy the long distances need to have an optical zero.
so that any corrections are correct.

Just the way I do it.

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Old 07-23-2012, 10:30 PM
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Re: Getting a reticle level is nearly impossible .

here's an article I shared here about 7 years ago... it's still in the archives, turns out.

Canted scope, canted rifle...

Bottom line... you need to have the reticle level with the earth's gravity for long range accuracy, but how perfectly level the horizontal crosshair is to your rifle's action is for the most part immaterial. :o

Dan
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:10 AM
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Re: Getting a reticle level is nearly impossible .

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I can level until I am blue in the face but in the end I have to use the elevation turret or shoot 100
yards to 600 yards to get a perfict level of the scope.

If you shoot 100 yards and then start up on the elevation the POI will tell you which way you
have to go.

I allways place a small piece of tape on the scope against one of the rings and another on the
ring after the first attempt to level the scope. then I make a very fine mark on both pieces
as a reference so if I need to move the scope I know where I was, and where I need to be.

If the windage changes as I elevate I adjust the scope so there are no windage changes at any
distance.

Note : The rifle has to be leveled for each shot. I use a level that fits on the rails of the action
for this. This will keep you from canting the rifle and nullifying the scope leveling results.

When you are done the windage will not change as you crank in elevation and the cross hairs/
reticle will help to prevent canting if you are on level ground. If you hunt the mountains where
the ground is never level an external level is recomended

A mechanical zero is ok for short distance buy the long distances need to have an optical zero.
so that any corrections are correct.

Just the way I do it.

J E CUSTOM
Interesting! Completely new thought for me. Thanks
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:18 AM
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Re: Getting a reticle level is nearly impossible .

J.E. ,

I read the Darrel Holland article on here ,he uses the same method as you for the most part .
I try to get the level on the rifle as level as possible shoot the gun at 100yds -at the center bullseye -crank up 10" of elevation to see if the scope/rifle shoots off the line etc. -you know the drill.
But loosening the rings and trying to get the reticle to move over onto the line that little bit sure can be time consuming .This method is the one i consider a true level -the scope answers to the rifle as to what is level and barrels "throw" shots if you could use the most accurate laser in the world to shine down the centerbore of a rifle that doesn't mean the bullet will hit there as many of you guys already know -it's just hard to get a rifle and scope to fully agree and stay fully in agreement as to level .I've calmed down now so thanks for the help you'all.
Heading to work now -Mike
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:51 AM
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Re: Getting a reticle level is nearly impossible .

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J.E. ,

I read the Darrel Holland article on here ,he uses the same method as you for the most part .
I try to get the level on the rifle as level as possible shoot the gun at 100yds -at the center bullseye -crank up 10" of elevation to see if the scope/rifle shoots off the line etc. -you know the drill.
But loosening the rings and trying to get the reticle to move over onto the line that little bit sure can be time consuming .This method is the one i consider a true level -the scope answers to the rifle as to what is level and barrels "throw" shots if you could use the most accurate laser in the world to shine down the centerbore of a rifle that doesn't mean the bullet will hit there as many of you guys already know -it's just hard to get a rifle and scope to fully agree and stay fully in agreement as to level .I've calmed down now so thanks for the help you'all.
Heading to work now -Mike

Glad you are calm now 'ol mike'.

Some times I can hit level with one or two tries and sometimes not, so like many things in this
sport, it is the little things that take the most effort.

When I was shooting long range matches I saw many people canting there rifles (David Tubbs was
one of them) and simply adding windage as he elevated. We all know how well he did, but when hunting everything is not at even distance's and canting can be a problem. So I prefer to adjust
the windage only when needed for the conditions.

So many things for small changes, but they add up to a very good hunt.

Some times you just have to kick the dog or have a beer and start over.

Getting all of the levels to agree at one time can be frustrating so I use the tape once I get
a benchmark and it works well for me (Simple).

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