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Rifle level?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Peter B, Feb 2, 2017.

  1. Peter B

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    Without using a scope mount spirit level, any clever tips on how to make sure the rifle is level when squaring up the reticle with the barrel?
     
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    To square the rifle you do need a small level across a flat section of the action or breech. To then square the scope you need a piece of string with weight on (plumb line) to align with the vertical cross hair.

     
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    Thanks Stevie, I've seen that video clip but I'm asking if there's a clever way to level the rifle without using the picattinny rail spirit level he's using or a scope clamp spirit level.
     
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    apoligies mate,

    the level in the link above is ideal:)
     
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    Ah OK, the key fob level looks good. Thanks
     
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    I got mine from asda:)
     
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    There is a quick method that uses nothing more than a piece of card, but it involves looking down the wrong end of the scope, so make sure the gun is not loaded, double check and check again. Put the card on the floor and place the rifle butt on the card and align the edge of the card with the centre of the rifle butt, then look down the wrong end of the scope and align the vertical cross hair with the edge of the piece of card, not perfect, but OK if you have no room to do the level and plumb line method, but if you take your time doing it, it can be a fairly accurate method.
     
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    Provided the action is level in the stock...what do you do if there is cast on the stock?
     
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    Try it, it is not difficult to see if the card aligns with the action on most rifles, as I said, not perfect. I came across it on the tube, think it was a military video about attaching a scope in the field, ie a quick way of levelling the cross hairs. I have done it and checked with a plumb line and level just to see if it works, and if you take your time doing it it works surprisingly well. Just tried to answer the OP's question re not using a spirit level. Atb, Bob.
     
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    If you use the keychain type spirit level it's a good idea to remove the chain. At best it makes the level fall off the action at a critical time and at worst it can cant the level itself.

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    I bought the e-bay ones and they weren't flat, buggered my careful measuring up completely.
     
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    I normally zero the rifle at my given yardage, then turn the elevation turret either up or down several turns, then shoot at the target again. The pellet should land directly above or below the last pellet, if it doesn't, the scope is canted. Never used a level and it's irrelevant how the aaction sits in the stock as the scope is then set for your particular setup. It normally takes quite a few goes to get it perfect, and can be very tedious if outside in the wind, but inside a tractor shed at 25-30 yards and it's easy.
     
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    I mainly rest my stocks on a leveled flat surface (level it with spirit level) at the balance point then you can pretty much see if your rifle is square then use a plumb line
     

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