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    Hi all,

    I've just mounted a scope on my Remington 700 SPS Tactical--it's my first time mounting a scope and I just feel like it's a little off.

    I used a few techniques to get it aligned.

    1. Using two levelers, one on top of the scope and the other inside the chamber
    2. Looking through the scope and lining up with a door frame
    3. Looking through the scope and aligning it with the center of the rifle where the action is
    4. Looking through the scope and aligning it with the center of the stock


    Using 2 & 3 I can technically get the cross hairs straight up and down, but when I pick it up and look through the scope in various shooting stances, even prone, there seems to be a very slight cant NNW to SSE.

    Using 1 & 4 I've noticed when the rifle is somewhat level with the ground the cant is NNE to SSW, but when I pick it up it looks closer to center.

    I was wondering if any would give me some guidance on this?

    Am I being a perfectionist? I do have another Remington that has a scope mounted, but that was done by Remington, and sometimes I think that that scope is off too.

    Thanks!

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    I guess it's ok - I've seen many images of views through the scope with the rifle close to be level, looking down range, and they don't all seems to be exact or perfect.

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    It should be level when you are looking through it in your normal shooting stance (or it will nag at you, as shown above). Many people hold their rifles slightly canted when they fire. If it is only off by a couple degrees, it won't make much practical difference at normal ranges.

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    I bet you are using the old-style rings. Which is okay, if that is what you really want.

    I would have suggested a one-piece scope mount, like the DNZ Game Reaper ......

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    ...... they are around $65. Yes it is expensive, but it makes mounting a scope "stupid easy", PLUS the scope is anchored to the rifle, meaning no in the field movement ...... actually no movement, at all, ever. And each is precision machined, so your scope is plumb level with the rifle. Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Scientist View Post
    I bet you are using the old-style rings. Which is okay, if that is what you really want.

    I would have suggested a one-piece scope mount, like the DNZ Game Reaper ......

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    ...... they are around $65. Yes it is expensive, but it makes mounting a scope "stupid easy", PLUS the scope is anchored to the rifle, meaning no in the field movement ...... actually no movement, at all, ever. And each is precision machined, so your scope is plumb level with the rifle. Just a thought.
    I have a SWFA SS 16x42mm [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    and am using good scope rings by the same company.

    I guess I can turn it a little bit to the right so that it is a half millimeter NNE/SSW-- when I aim the rifle down range standing or prone it seems to have a cant more NNW/SSE, it's probably not noticeable by others.

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    It is of importance that the rifle's scope be square with the rifle. You probably tilt the rifle a little when you shoulder it.

    I used a few techniques to get it aligned.



    1. Using two levelers, one on top of the scope and the other inside the
      chamber
    2. Looking through the scope and lining up with a door frame
    3. Looking through the scope and aligning it with the center of the rifle where
      the action is
    4. Looking through the scope and aligning it with the center of the
      stock
    #1 This is important and the most reliable. Believe the results.
    #2 How do you know the door frame is square?
    #3 This feels good but is worthless.
    #4 See #3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Popeye View Post
    It is of importance that the rifle's scope be square with the rifle. You probably tilt the rifle a little when you shoulder it.



    #1 This is important and the most reliable. Believe the results.
    #2 How do you know the door frame is square?
    #3 This feels good but is worthless.
    #4 See #3.
    I probably do tilt the rifle when I shoulder it. Maybe I should stop that and re-level my scope with the two levelers (on scope and in rifle action).

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    My Brother, scopes are mounted on the Level, and checked by the Plumb. When shooting, hold it Square. Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by horselips View Post
    My Brother, scopes are mounted on the Level, and checked by the Plumb. When shooting, hold it Square. Enjoy.

    I see the message brother!

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    Quote Originally Posted by horselips View Post
    My Brother, scopes are mounted on the Level, and checked by the Plumb. When shooting, hold it Square. Enjoy.
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