Scope mounting saga
Thought I'd give a report on my scope mounting job. (Leupold VX2 6X18X40-T)
I used many suggestions (modified some of them) from the 'net and ended up with a satisfying result.
I used a 15" length of 1" steel pipe with some Brasso metal polish and lapped off the high spots on the top and bottom rings. I didn't go too far with this - just enough where I thought I'd made substantial improvement.
I then lightly mounted the scope and found my best eye relief and marked this position with a small piece of masking tape on the scope tube.
Time to use the cheap ($14.00) "Gunsmith's Vise" I got from Mid South that is set up on a length of 2X6.
I set it on the floor in my basement with the rifle clamped in it. Used a 6 inch bubble level across the bottom half of the front ring. I also used a one foot level to make sure I was level front to back.
A little shimming around and re-clamping ensued until I was sure the rifle was sitting square and level.
Then I determined, with a 4 foot carpenter's level, that a door jamb about 25 feet away was plumb. [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] (will wonders never cease? I'd read about hanging a plumb string from the ceiling, if necessary)
I then carefully set the scope in the rings and lightly installed the top ones - with the scope on my tape mark.
I looked through the scope at the jamb and rotated it a little until the vertical reticle bar and the door jamb were "one".
Carefully cross-tightened the top rings and was done. Looks perfect!
Then I went upstairs and opened the back patio door and set the clamped rifle on my den floor, looking out to my utility building. I then went and thumbtacked an orange coffee can lid low on the shed and went back inside.
Bolt out - I chambered a primerless case. Peering through the primer flash hole and down the barrel I found the lid. Nervously, I raised my head and checked the cross hairs.
Luck was with me, it was close enough to avoid a lot of windage and shimming. A little cranking of the Leupold's target knobs and I was there.
I'll fire a 50 yard round tomorrow to establish things and then move to the 100 yard bench and fine tune.
Thanks to all who helped me!
[ 07-19-2003: Message edited by: BirthController ]