Do you know how to level your scope and reticle to the rifle? You can learn how to handle all optics on scope and carbine following some simple techniques. There is no need to switch rifles and bullets during shooting, but practicing these proven strategies will save you from missing your target.
Necessary Tools and Equipment
Leveling a scope on a rifle requires some specific tools such as
- Proper rings and mounts for the scope.
- Hex wrenches to fasten the device.
- A rifle rest or cradle for keeping the gun steady while leveling the scope.
- Two-spirit levels or small levels for holding the scope and rifle leveled at once.
After installing the rifle scope, it is time to level it for optimal functionality. Scopes are leveled to get them set for aiming and firing, and in this case, you are leveling the lens and reticle to align with the receiver and aim of your gun.
Reasons for Leveling a Scope on a Rifle
- It helps to minimize unnecessary sounds and distractions produced by uneven reticles.
- It aids in precise aiming and firing at a target.
- No disjointed, sloppy, and frustrating adjustments. The tuning and fine-tuning of windage and elevation will be more precise.
Remove Bullets from the Rifle before Securing it on the Cradle
The first thing is to unload or remove all bullets from the rifle, then fasten and secure it to the rest or cradle, making sure it’s sitting upright or placed horizontally. You can keep the rifle steady and balanced by anchoring it properly, helping you work freely with your hands.
Place the Scope on the Rings and Secure it
The rings are made of strips of polymer or metal to hold the scope to the gun. Place the scope on the rings to secure it. Install these rings on the base or rail through the holes on the rifle and fasten them.
These rings are mounting brackets affixed directly onto the receiver of your firearm. Install the lower rings first and attach them on the rail system, then add the upper rings before placing the scope and fasten them together using hex wrenches.
Place the scope properly and ensure that you do not tighten it too much. This will enhance sliding to help you achieve variable scope positions on the rifle. You can remove the cap of windage or elevation knob if you are finding it difficult to adjust the level of the scope.
Align and Balance the Rifle with the Scope
Locate a flat spot on the rifle and start leveling. Most firearms have crooked or uneven surfaces, so you may have to adjust all the levels to align and balance the rifle perfectly with the scope. Begin with one level and continue adjusting and aligning until you get the right position for clear viewing.
Different spirit levels with various types of housing are available. Position a spirit level on top of a receiver’s flat surface using the correct rail.
If your gun does not have an even surface, you need to improvise and create something to hold your rifle in place before attaching a scope. The metal at the base of bolt-action rifles usually protrude below the line, making it difficult to attach a level to the rail. A way to handle this is by using a single rail slot that extends to only one part of the rifle.
Make sure that you can level the firearm from the left side to the right side. Place on top of the windage knob the other level crossways. Keep them flat and tighten the screws to hold the level securely but let the cap remain flatter than the top of the knob for protection.
Continue adjusting the scope until the level of the gun and the level of the elevation knob match. You can also use the kit made by Wheeler Engineering for handling this project.
Use Hex Wrenches to Tighten or Fasten the Scope
Apply hex wrenches to tighten the top of the rings snugly. This will keep the scope well-fitted onto the rifle. Watch the rifle level and scope level to ensure they are aligned properly; the gap between both rings and the ring halves should be the same.
You may damage the tube of your rifle scope if you tighten the screws too much. Maintain flexibility while fixing the bases and rings. The recommended gauge to tighten the screws is 28 inches, but you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Check the Eye Relief
Now that you have tightened the screws, it is time to check the eye relief. Examine the scope level to ensure it is still intact.
Another way to verify the sturdiness of your handiwork is by holding the gun upright. If the reticle remains upright even when you place the rifle on your shoulder, you know you have done a good job. But the cant of the reticle will not be steady and continue distracting you if you do not level the scope properly. This situation could lead to poor aiming and missing the target.
If you have done all of this, the next stage is bore sighting. After this, take your rifle and scope to the shooting range for zeroing. This will help you to make further adjustments to the level of the scope for accurate shooting.