I do a lot of my hunting on horse back therefore must carry my rifle in a scabbard. I've seen some wierd mounting methods out there and have had some discussions on the topic. I have good reasoning behind how I do it, I'd like to hear back from others who do it also. 1. I place my rifle on the "off" side or the right hand side. Because I mount and dismount mostly on the horse's left side. I don't want to kick the crap out of my gun getting on or off. Some guys who mount it on the left claim they want quick access when the get off. Personally, if you're gonna shoot that close to your horse's ear, you walk home. Ok for John Wayne maybe. 2. I mount my gun with the butt end closest to the horse's butt, pointing forward. That is usually where you will have a clear path to get the gun out of the scabbard, assuming the ol' nag is tied up to a tree. Also, you're less likely to spook your horse by slipping the gun past it's head. 3. I place the gun in the scabbard scope up. I just find it not good practise to not have the gun's weight on top of my scope. So there it is, on the right, facing forward and butt back. Goes against all the other things Joe Back ever taught me, but what the hay, works for me.