help with scope mounting problem

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by boyce, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. boyce

    boyce Active Member

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    I have a leupold vari-x-III 6.5-20X40 that im trying to mount on a rem 700 7mmrum. How can I tell if the scope is square on the receiver? I put the windage to mechanical 0 and mounted the scope and now need almost 22 minutes right to zero on bore sighter. If Im able to bore sight with the scope in mechanical zero will this mean that its square ( not sure if thats the term)? and, how do I fix this?
     
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  3. boyce

    boyce Active Member

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    I may be overthinking this but the way I see it is. If scope is not perfectly parallel to and over bore the windage will only be good for the distance your sighted in for. I have a M1 Garand that once had an ofset scope mount, to sight this rifle in I had to aim scope right at 1.5 inches left of intended poi. If I sighted in dead on at 100 (poa same as poi) then at 200 I hit 3 inches right and so on. I have been reading about rings with inserts and windage adjustable rings, will these square up my scope? and are they the best way to do this?
     
  4. MSLRHunter

    MSLRHunter Well-Known Member

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    The only way I would consider would be with some sort of shim or spacer in the ring itself that will move your scope to the side a certain amount. I will never use a windage adjustable base such as the leupold base with the windage adjustment. I had one of the adjustment screws break off and therefore allowed my scope to move around the week before a hunting trip. Good luck getting to the bottom of this.
     
  5. texan79

    texan79 Well-Known Member

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    Lot of variables here. If you bought the scope new, it should have arrived at the mechanical zero, so are you sure you didnt miss count?

    Second, what type of mounting hardware are you using? I have switched all my rifles to NF bases and rings, and have never had to move more than .5 MOA to dial the windage on the bore sight.

    Not sure what bore sight your using, but I have seen them get out of whack from being dropped or mishandled (optical type). It may be a bad bore sight.

    As far as leveling the reticle, I use Wheelers level-level-level. I always check it against another level though.

    Ive been in your shoes on frustrating scope issues, so if you want to PM me I'd be glad to shoot you a number and try to talk in more detail.

    Otherwise, hope this helped.
     
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    Gunpoor Well-Known Member

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    I don't think anybody will know what the solution for you problem is without first knowing what style/brand of mounts and rings you used to mount this scope. If you used standard Leupold mounts then you need to set the rear ring to zero windage with the two opposing mounting screws. If you used to dual dovetail rings then the fix may not be so easy.
     
  8. boyce

    boyce Active Member

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    Thanks for all of the responses. My scope is just back from repair at Leupold and it arrived at mechanical 0. I was trying to mount on Rem 700 long action with weaver bases and Leupold rings and my gun shops bore sighter showed it to be 11" left at 100 yds. (I checked the mechanical 0 3 times) My initial post was with me looking through barrel at dot on block wall at 25yds. I opted for the standard Leupold mounts with windage adj, hoping not to run into some of the experiances shared here. Anyway, thanks again for all the help