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Many gun owners like to leave scope mounting to the professional gunsmiths. However, the process isn’t all that difficult. With the right tools and know-how, you can mount your own scope without having to fork out a ton of cash to a professional. Mounting your own scope also means you can mount it right where you want it for a truly custom fit.
Before you start, be sure to read through these guidelines for proper scope mounting. We are going to walk you through the entire process, step by step. After you follow the process, you’ll want to take your new set-up to the range, so you can admire your new view.
Gather the Proper Tools
Alternately, you can use a laser bore sighter. (This one from Laserlyte is our current favorite.) This method is more precise than peering through your bore and is the only way to get a rough zero for rifles that are not bolt action. Be sure to use the proper insertion pin for the caliber of your rifle. All you have to do is adjust the vertical and horizontal axes until the reticle matches your point of aim.
Bore sighting is the best way to get your rifle to print on a paper target at 50 or 100 yards without some serious guesswork and a ton of potential frustration. However, bore sighting is not the same as zeroing your rifle. You will need to shoot test groups at range to properly zero in your new scope.
Once you have your scope mounted, the next step is to hit the range. Even if you have a properly mounted scope, it doesn’t mean you can just start shooting and expect to hit your target.
To get a proper zero on your newly mounted scope, start at a relatively close range. We recommend 25 yards. If you can put lead on target at 25 yards, you should be pretty close at 100 yards. For most precision shooting applications, you can do all your fine-tuning at this range. However, some long range shooters prefer to zero their scopes at a longer distance.
No scope no matter how fancy or well-mounted, will make you a better shooter. The only way to improve your skills is to spend some time practicing. Invest some ammo and range time and you’ll be key holing bullseyes and impressing your buddies before you know it.