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    I'm more of a shotgun guy rather than rifle. My question is: when mounting a scope, what is the best way to accurately place the scope's verticle line with the centerline of the rifle or is this an eyeball thing? Thanks

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    pak, there are tools out there that include levels and such made for accurate scope mounting and leveling. However I would venture to guess the majority of scopes are "eyeballed " and plenty good for the avg shot distance. If you can find a way to get your gun in a fairly solid position you can hang a "plumb bob line" from a ceiling or whatever and this can get you pretty darn close. I have also used lines drawn on a wall using a level etc - find some kinda vertical line and that will help.
    You can set up a target with lines on it and when you shoot you will likely notice your cross-hairs are off of those lines if you get it very far outa alignment... Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pak View Post
    I'm more of a shotgun guy rather than rifle. My question is: when mounting a scope, what is the best way to accurately place the scope's verticle line with the centerline of the rifle or is this an eyeball thing? Thanks
    I put the rifle in a gun-cleaning vice thingy; level it (sometimes I put a level over a flat horizontal surface of the rifle [rear sight base, etc. ...] or I just eyeball that); and then put a level across the top flat knob cap. That seems to get it pretty darned close to vertical.

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    Where are you located at pak? If your in the Anchorage area I can help you out.

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    I mount the scope and don't tighten the ring screws to much. Then I keep leave it in my garage over the next couple of days. When I'm in the garage I shoulder the gun several times and move it till I finally decide it's in the right place. Not very scientific but it works for me. If I ever get a long rang precision rifle I will invest in one of those scope alignment systems.

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    I'm in Anch. I think I'll try the eyeball method. Should that prove unsatisfactory I will PM you 3083006. Thank you for your generous offer.
    Pete

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