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Question How to level a scope

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Count Jedi, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. Count Jedi

    Count Jedi Donator

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    Hello,

    Apart from using a plumb line (which is the only thing I can think of) is there anyway anyone knows to be sure your scope is level on the vertical (which in turn will ensure its level on the horizontal)?

    I'm trying a couple of scopes out tomorrow thus the question.

    Cheers
     
  2. mattyts

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    a sprit level on the gun,usually on the scope rail to level the action up then put a level on the top turret of the scope and level them both up.
     
  3. Count Jedi

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    Thanks mattyts, good call, up there for thinking (head) and down there for dancing (feet)
     
  4. loki_79

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    I have tried the spirit level and plumb line, but I wasn't happy with it, maybe I need a better spirit level?

    The way I've found that works is first to optically centre the scope using a mirror. Then mount it to the gun and make sure that you are happy with the eye relief. Tighten the rings just enough so that the scope is held, but you can still rotate it. Also, check that the butt pad is vertical and central with respect to the line of barrel, or this won't work.

    Then draw a straight line on a piece of white paper and put it on the floor (or if you have tiles or floor boards you can use the grout line or join as a straight line). Place the (confirmed unloaded and safe) gun barrel up, with the butt on the floor and line up the central axis of the butt with your line. Then look backwards down through the scope and you will see an image of both the reticle and the line on the floor (lower mag is better for this). Then gently rotate the scope until the two lines are on top of each other, and nip up the mounts.
     
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    Hello

    I was looking through different site the other day and the same question came up for front line snipers in the marine corps

    Put a A4 sheet of paper on the flat floor align your safe / empty rifle butt on the edge of the paper and look at the crosshairs
    With the scope mounts just holding the scope in position it's possible to rotate the scope to align the vertices crosshairs with the papers edge
    Gently tighten up the scope clamps and recheck until you are happy

    If it works for The US Marine Corps it should be ok

    alan xxx
     
  6. Pidlar

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    I always prefer to hold the rifle in the ready position as this is the position I always shoot and line the vertical cross hair with a door frame.
     

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