Mounting my own Scope

RugerHawg413

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Good Morning,
I have always had a gunsmith mount my scopes, but my gunsmith passed away. So, I decided to do it on my own. I did my research and bought good scope mounts, rings, and scopes. I degreased (using 91% rubbing alcohol) the scope mount, scope rings, and all of the screws. I torqued all the screws (using a torque wrench) to the in/lbs that the manufactuer said to. I put blue loctite on the scope base screws only and put some FrogLube on in between the scope base and the rifle. I loved to hear all thoughts and just wanted to know if I did a good job. Thanks and God Bless!
 
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sedancowboy

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A couple things I would add if you used a rail make sure the rings are pushed to the front of the rail slots. Did you level the cross hairs with the bore? There are several threads here that discuss how to level scopes.
 

348 fan

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You did about all I ever do. Never lapped a ring before but I see the benefit. Leveling the cross hairs I never do because when I hold off hand a perfectly leveled cross hair is no longer level for me. So I just adjust it so it looks level when I have the rifle held off hand. Must be my particular hold.
 

Hoss50

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I lap the rings and level the crosshairs as best I can based on what flat part of the action I can use to level it against.
 

Nobama

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I use a wheeler level jig..lap rings.. I don't use lube between the receiver and base
 

Kmccord

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You did about all I ever do. Never lapped a ring before but I see the benefit. Leveling the cross hairs I never do because when I hold off hand a perfectly leveled cross hair is no longer level for me. So I just adjust it so it looks level when I have the rifle held off hand. Must be my particular hold.
If the cross hairs are not level when you dial up from your zero position, it will move the POI at the angle you are canted. You will end up shooting left or right of your bulls eye.
 

West Calamus

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I don't lap but do always mark and pair the top ring and direction of top ring with the bottom half of ring/base just as it came from the manufacture. It is to easy to end up with front top half going on the rear bottom in the wrong direction. I think I heard somewhere where top and bottom of a ring are machined as one unit. Correct me if I am wrong. Most manufacturers (Talley) advise against lapping.
 

338 dude

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If you lap night force rings it voids the warranty they recommend cleaning and that is it
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