Tips of Mounting Optics for Rifles

Shooting a rifle is easy because it removes the forced alignment o the eye on rear sight, the front sight and the target, to focus-in on one of each or the front sight. Furthermore, the scope also makes all three of the objects align on the identical visual plane.

So take a look at mounting your optics appropriately to have a hassle-free scope!

Working Rifle Model– Savage Model 11 bolt-action although the following principles can be applied on any model of rifle and even shotguns!

An improper Optic mount is the weakest connection that disrupts the accuracy of your rifle and results in poor rifle performance. By following the below steps systematically, you learn to mount the optics without errors and by resolving any, en route. This helps to keep the scope in position throughout its natural wear and tear in use.

Do you have the right paraphernalia?

By selecting your optic mounts, rings and weaver to-piece bases, you can achieve the ideal mounting solution for your rifle.  When selecting optic mounts, crosscheck with your rifle model and height rings of the scope. Now, install the optic at the lowest sans coming into contact with the rifle except at the mounts.

The right tool kit like that in Weaver Deluxe Scope Mounting Kit consists of all the perfect tools to mount the scope appropriately. The sole other requirement is apt support for the rifle while working. An ideal solution is a gun cradle or padded bench. Post confirming that the rifle is unloaded and well mounted in the cradle, begin the project.

  • First, use a degreasing solvent to remove acetone, carburetor cleaner and mineral spirits off the mounting parts such as bases, rings, screws and thread mounting holes in the gun’s receiver. Make sure to follow the safety protocols with respect to your firearms to degrease without damaging the gun.

Now mount the slots slowly and carefully on the accurate location to let the rings face the optic. After clocking the position of the slots, apply Surethread from your mounting kit to screw the base. Use the torque wrench to apply appropriate torque to the mounting screws with respect to each mount, on an average at 15-17 lbs torque. Make sure that you tighten the screw aptly; post the clicking of the screw is noticed.  Now, fix the ring bottoms onto the base in a direction to which your outer screw head face. When fixing the weaver rings, recommended torque is 25-30 lbs and torque differs for each ring.

  • The next step is to lap the ring using accurate lapping tool for flawless alignment sans variations in the component sizes. To do this, select lapping from your Weaver kit and keep the same into the optic ring, after confirming the visual alignment.

To lap, apply the compound to the inside of the ring bottoms. When doing so, remember scarce compound halts your efficiency of the cut and excess application of the compound creates chaos. To do this ideally, screw the handle on the lapping bar and keep the same into the rings. Now use the handle as your leverage to oscillate it in the ring to trigger the compound to do cutting faster.  If you notice the chipping off of the insides of the ring, the compound is taking effect.

  • Continue the aforementioned process until the scraping off of the inside stops. Using a rug or towel, clean the remnant solvent from rings as well as the lapping bar, post a thorough wipe with the degreasing solvent.

Set the eye relief to clearly observe the image of mounting the optics to the shoulder. Keep the scope in the ring bottoms with a higher pressure forward. Additionally, set the scope to high magnification is it is a power model that varies in its recordings.

While pointing the rifle at a safe aim, mount it on your shoulder. If you see a black ring in the perimeters of the image by the scope, slide the optic in the direction of the rear of the rings, towards your eye until the blotch vanishes.  The most important thing to remember here is that the reticle of the optic is in-level with your firearm. This is invaluable if you plan on using the reticle for compensating the bullet’s drop while in the field.

In the weaver Kit, two bubble levels address this, former in the ejection port of the action and the latter in the crown of the scope’s adjustment cap. The former establishes a horizon for the gun while the latter rotates the scope until both the bubbles signal the level condition. The core thing to remember is to leave all the levels as they are until the alignment is ensured as stable during ring installation.

Yet another golden basic is that, varying mounting solutions utilize unique methods to attach the rings through horizontal and vertical splitting. With horizontal weaver rings, you simply hook the top of the ring on the slot in its bottom to rotate its top towards the down. This screws the holes in the top portion of the ring while aligning the remnant portion as well.

Hold the components in place without shaking and tighten slowly using the torque wrench with apt specifications. Every once a while, ensure that the components are befitting by observing the position of the bubbles.

A challenge when doing the above with weaver rings is that the halves of the ring will not superimpose during the torquing down. In fact, there is no necessity that the rings should touch or that you should force it as the same will surely damage your ballistics.

  • The next step is to inspect the rifle, its optic as well as mounts in order to ensure that all process is done aptly. Some checks to do are on the Reticle of the scope, eye relief (by mounting on your shoulder), focusing the ocular ring of the scope to keep the focus to your eye. Furthermore, the scope and the mount should not intersect the bolt and its safe movement.  You can also cycle your unloaded action by replacing the bolt exclusively, to avoid conflicts of the mountings and the bolts.

You can achieve brilliant rifle performance through meticulous range time and practice. A good optic will increase your own efficiency and mode of using the rifle while an improper one can even damage your precious firearm. Always make sure the torque wrench that you are applying to the rings is appropriate for the same, without which damage the component is inevitable.

Provided that your optics mounting passes fundamental inspections, you are successful at mounting the optics on your rifle!