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Leveling the Scope Reticle for Long Range Rifles

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Old 08-29-2013, 02:35 PM
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Re: Leveling the Scope Reticle for Long Range Rifles

Originally Posted by bruce_ventura View Post
Byrnesy, yes it's possible to have the scope correctly aligned to the bore and end up with it "canted" (not parallel) to the action. In this case, align the anti-cant indicator so that it is level when the scope is level.
I cannot for the life of me understand this. Please ellaborate. To me the bore being round cannot be canted without a reference - ie scope crosshairs. Any side of the bore could be any position. If the action is proven level (the manner of doing so can be debated) and then the scope is then alligned on the action using gravity (ie a plumb line) against which the bullet will travel till impact then you can be sure you are propertly alligned.

Any device that is unable to prove perfectly level perpendicular mounting postion to the crosshairs is only solving half of the problem. First perfectly level action (assuming barrel is installed straight) and second scope plumbed against gravity upon perfectly level action.
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Old 11-29-2013, 04:29 PM
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How do you do it if there's a rail covering the barrel

Such as a DTA rifle which has a picatinny rail almost to the muzzle and way beyond the bell of the scope?
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:54 AM
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Re: Leveling the Scope Reticle for Long Range Rifles

Gunner69, neither the action nor gun amounts to actual shooting level.
I had my T2K setup at 7deg cant, and it was very comfortable and well shooting.
That is, the whole gun was turned under the scope elevation adjustment(which was plumb).

A bore can be indexed, they're not drilled straight, and there was a possibility that my T2K would not do as well turned. But it did, and this is not a matter of scope level.
Actions are not indexed anymore than stocks are. They're put together more or less straight only. And it doesn't matter that bags and bipods are not indexed to exactly centerline of gravity, as a free falling bullet is.

For us dialers all that matters is that the scope's elevation adjustment is plumb. We don't need plumb crosshairs, or crosshairs at all. A simple dot is sufficient.
For those who hold over, they need a plumb crosshair only.
The turrets, rings, bases, action, stock, rests? None of that matters.
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