Please help first setup

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by Themsah, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. Themsah

    Themsah Member

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    ok so I have been hunting a few years now with a rifle I purchased already setup and have never had to touch except a few clicks on the scope.

    I wanted to start shooting bigger game at longer distance so I went out and bought a brand new remington 700sps chambered in .300 winmag. It came with a cheap scope installed from factory. I have been to the range 2x with it and cannot get it to shoot correctly.

    The problem is that the scope moves in the rings apparently from the recoil. I mean it moves 1/2 inch or more, until the zoom hits the rear ring. Now I purchased this setup fully understanding that I was going to take that scope/mounting setup and get rid of it. But I would really like to at least get a few shots downrange to make sure I am comfortable with the weapon before I make that investment.

    Is there anything I might do to fix this so I can get at least a few shots on paper, maybe hunt this season? I have been told to try lapping the rings. I am not sure the rings are the problem. I have also been told to put a brake on the gun to help reduce recoil..

    Please help..
    THanks
     
  2. varmintH8R

    varmintH8R Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like those rings are REALLY loose. Lapping will not solve this. I am assuming you checked the rings and the screws are torqued properly. If you are ultimately going to pitch the optics set-up, you can try removing the scope and shimming it with some friction tape. Or, send that flawed set-up back to Big Green and have them fix their issue. Cheap or not it should function properly.
     

  3. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    the scope should not move at all if it is installed properly
     
  4. cohunter14

    cohunter14 Well-Known Member

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    What part is moving, the bases or the rings? Your base might not be screwed in tight as well. I would take the scope and rings off, tighten the bases, then remount the rings and scope. If you are not familiar with how to mount a scope, either do some searching on here or take it to a gun shop and pay them $15 to do it (or take it back to the store you bought it from and make them do it for free).