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Do you have trouble getting the crosshairs level on your scopes?

Discussion in 'Long Guns' started by Brother_Love, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. Brother_Love

    Brother_Love Distinguished Poster

    I mounted 2 new scopes yesterday and thought I would never get the cross hairs level. I used 2 small levels to assist me but as soon as I start tightening the ring screws they move. I tried tightening the screws just a little at a time to no avail.

    How do you accomplish this? Suggestions welcome.
  2. rigrat

    rigrat Semper Fi

    I always have the same problem.
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  3. 22lrfan

    22lrfan Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    Watching this. I have the same problem.
  4. wllmkttrll

    wllmkttrll Distinguished Poster

    all I did was front left back right on first ring and then front right back left on second ring and then do the other ones
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  5. Brother_Love

    Brother_Love Distinguished Poster

    Thank you, I tried doing that but I still get movement. I was tightening alternate screws about 1/8 revolution at a time (Leupold & Redfield rings).
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  6. GunnyGene

    GunnyGene Distinguished Poster

    Compensate for the movement during tightening, by being the same amount off level before you cinch it down.
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  7. Sum Gy Custom Firearms

    Sum Gy Custom Firearms Distinguished Poster

    Buy vertical split rings and never have that issue again! JAT :D
  8. BasMstr

    BasMstr Distinguished Poster

    I bought a set of levels that supposedly are designed to keep the cross hairs straight -- they don't. Years ago I saw a contraption that basically was inserted in the end of the barrel, and an arm coming up, and had a large circle with cross hairs on it. You would line up the scope cross hairs with those.
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  9. Leadburner

    Leadburner Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    I used to see the movement your describing. I found a way to lock my rifles down in that there is absolutely no movement in the rifle after it is leveled. The movement of the scope rolling went away after that. I do criss cross & work my way back & forth between the rings as I tighten them, but the scope does not move.
  10. rigrat

    rigrat Semper Fi

    Sounds like a winning solution to me.:)
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  11. bubbat

    bubbat Gatekeeper to my corner of Hell.

    None of mine are perfectly level...LOL they all lean to the left a just a tad but when I shoulder them they are level. So I just go with that.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2016
  12. Brother_Love

    Brother_Love Distinguished Poster

    Just ordered a set of vertical split rings. Thanks Sum Gy
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  13. patchz

    patchz Court Jester

    If you're shooting prone but on your side with the gun turned 90° from vertical, do you adjust windage to correct for distance and elevation for wind? :confused:
  14. Sum Gy Custom Firearms

    Sum Gy Custom Firearms Distinguished Poster

    You are welcome Sir!!! Glad to be of service! :)
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  15. DAMN,,,,I agree, Mine are off just a tad, But Hold the Gun off just a tad

    so its all good
  16. Brother_Love

    Brother_Love Distinguished Poster

    I know, but I am a little OCD;)
  17. wllmkttrll

    wllmkttrll Distinguished Poster

    ain't we all
  18. TwangBanger

    TwangBanger Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    I used to place a small piece of double-sided Scotch tape inside the bottom half of the rings.
  19. turable.shot

    turable.shot Distinguished Poster

    I normally will lock in my rifle, put some tension on the scope, by tightening it,
    and then line up on a plumb bob line (vetical ) then synch it down.
    A very small cup of water can be used to check the horizontal.
    (If you don't have a level.)
    Let nature take it's course.
  20. Stryker6

    Stryker6 Distinguished Poster

    I use a Tipton gun vise, small 10" level, wheeler pro scope levels and a wheeler torque wrench.