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Getting a reticle level is nearly impossible .

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Unread 07-24-2012, 10:39 AM
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Re: Getting a reticle level is nearly impossible .

I used a plumb line (just a heavy weight on a string) at about 50 yards in my backyard to align the reticle vertical line. I also leveled the bubble level I have on the scope to coordinate. I checked my scopes elevation movement with the same setup to check it was moving along the line. Worked like a charm.
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    I used a plumb line (just a heavy weight on a string) at about 50 yards in my backyard to align the reticle vertical line. I also leveled the bubble level I have on the scope to coordinate. I checked my scopes elevation movement with the same setup to check it was moving along the line. Worked like a charm.

    This sounds like it would be a pretty descent idea. Might have to try that next time I mount a scope
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    Re: Getting a reticle level is nearly impossible .

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    I used a plumb line (just a heavy weight on a string) at about 50 yards in my backyard to align the reticle vertical line. I also leveled the bubble level I have on the scope to coordinate. I checked my scopes elevation movement with the same setup to check it was moving along the line. Worked like a charm.
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    J.E. Custom -you're right it's the small fine tuning things that amount to a big hit in the field.
    When everything is on and you know it -it's very confidence inspiring .
    I'm doing all my handloading work and tuning for that one shot -cold barrel shots are the only way to tune in my opinion [for LRH] .If i can maintain a load that shoots right on the verticle line from a cold barrel -i smile a lot more.Keeping several rifles in tune is overwhelming sometimes.
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    Re: Getting a reticle level is nearly impossible .

    I have ended up using a system that appears to work well after years of similar frustration. After I do the conventional Wheeler type levels on the rails, scope etc. As to tightening the rings, and keep everything aligned, sometimes i get it the first time, other times i have to adjust several times. When i get everything aligned, I then attach my Holland scope level to my scope, and line that up. When all set, I use a collimator and line up the vertical crosshair with the vertical line in the collimator. I elevate my scope 20 MOA and check to see if the vertical scope crosshair is exactly on line with the collimator's vertical line. I also check my scope's turret repeatability in the process. So far, all my set-ups were right on when I did actual testing of my impact points in the field.
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    Re: Getting a reticle level is nearly impossible .

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    If you did it on the first try you should have went and bought a lottery ticket.


    J.E. Custom -you're right it's the small fine tuning things that amount to a big hit in the field.
    When everything is on and you know it -it's very confidence inspiring .
    I'm doing all my handloading work and tuning for that one shot -cold barrel shots are the only way to tune in my opinion [for LRH] .If i can maintain a load that shoots right on the verticle line from a cold barrel -i smile a lot more.Keeping several rifles in tune is overwhelming sometimes.
    Thanks Mike
    Sahweet! I'm buying my lottery ticket now! No more working for me, just shooting full custom rifles on a 300 acre ranch!
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    Re: Getting a reticle level is nearly impossible .

    lots of great tips here

    Ol Mike I completely relate, it does seem nearly impossible and I'm sure I've lost some hair freakin out at the aggrevating job. I did laugh a bit reading this cause I know the feeling.
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    Re: Getting a reticle level is nearly impossible .

    Brownells sells a good tool for this purpose:

    EXD ENGINEERING VERTICAL RETICLE INSTRUMENT - Brownells

    But first, you need to tie a plumb bob with string at 50 yds, and make sure your rifle is level. Best way I found to do this is glue a small square bubble level to a popsickle stick (eat the ice cream first) and lay that across the action port, if it is flat.
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