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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:06:08AM

Get the scope on the gun

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A scope isn't much use if it's not properly mounted.

By Billy Carl

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This week we’ll discuss mounting the scope to your rifle. To get the scope on the gun, you need scope bases and scope rings. You can buy the rings and the bases separately, or you can buy them as a kit. The rings fit around the scope tube and the base mounts the rings to the gun. Most people usually find the kit easier to install. Almost all your modern-day rifles come pre-drilled to make mounting the scope base easier. If you have a gun that’s not pre-drilled, don’t try to do it yourself unless you have machinist skills and the proper tools. This is not a good place to go for cheap. Always use high-quality rings and bases; you will never regret it. Generally speaking, a longer mounting base is preferable to a short one, especially with a long scope tube. This gives the rings a wider stance.

You should try to mount the scope as low as possible on the rifle. A low mounting helps you to get the proper cheek weld and aids in getting a solid shooting position and quick acquisition of the target. It’s best to use the smallest rings that will give complete clearance of scope and rifle. Be sure the scope isn’t touching the barrel, receiver, bolt handle or any other part of the gun — test the zoom ring and rifle action to be sure nothing makes contact.

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