I am no master of firearms so please bare with me and my newbie lingo, but I am in desperate need of assistance. I have always had problems sighting in my Remington 700 300RUM scoped with a Leupold VX-II 3-9x40. I have sighted in rifles before most recently being my Stevens .223 with a Burris FF2 3-9 without any problems, meaning I do have experience sighting in rifles.
For the past month I have been trying to sight in my 300rum for up and coming day trips during moose season, but each visit to the range I am left completely discouraged with a rifle setup that is fighting me tooth and nail. I have spent hundreds of dollars in ammo thinking its my own error but I am thinking differently now.
Tonight after my dispiriting visit to the range I decided to try and bore sight my rifle once again so I can start fresh. I have a laser bore sight for this rifle. While bore sighting I noticed when I adjusted the up and down on the scope down was up and up was down. The windage screws are the same, left moves the crosshairs right and visa versa. So I set the rifle down for a minute and tried again. This time up moved the crosshairs up and down moved the crosshairs down, but the windage screws were still the same. Now I am thinking my eyes are bugging out so I try again. Now up is moving the crosshairs down and down is moving the crosshairs up, and with the windage right is moving the crosshairs right and left is moving the crosshairs left. Now I think my eyes are going bad so try this all over again with the same results.
I just replaced my old Leupold rings with the rear windage screw with dual dove tails by Leupold. The old rings where badly beaten with recoil. The scope is tight and so are the bases.
I am thinking something is seriously wrong with this scope. Is this a common sign of bum scopes when used with big bore rifles with hard recoil? If so how can I explain this to Leupold without sounding like a newb without a clue? Or is it user error?
This rifle was a gift from my father a few years ago and he is just as dissapointed as I am, if not more, with the performance of this setup to date. I am at a loss here and sick of wasting expensive ammo with no results. I need help in the worst way.