How to Mount a Rifle Scope for The First Time!

How to Mount a Rifle ScopeNo matter what sort of riflescope you buy and how expensive it is, there’s no use if the mounting process is wrong. So, all the first-timers at using a riflescope, you guys need to learn right procedure for mounting. And today, we are supposed to be on that.

Let’s talk about how to mount a rifle scope with some simple steps. Don’t worry, I’ll keep this very detailed yet simple since it needs to helps beginner. Let’s Get on It! 

How to Mount a Rifle Scope Through Seven Steps.

Before we jump into actual process, you should gather all the materials that will be necessary for this mounting. Also remember that, no matter if you use 17hmr rifles or any other, a proper mounting needs to be as low as possible. Here’s what to do…

Start with a Clean Mounting Surface.

Before you let the scope base sit on that rifle, it needs to be properly prepared. And that can’t be possible with a greasy, residue left and dirty surface. These are basically the main reason why people fail to completely seat base onto a rifle at first try.

So, make sure you get rid of every plug screw from the receiver’s top. Then get access to all those greasy screw holes and clean them well. Of course, you need to use proper size screwdrivers to achieve flawless cleaning.

Leveling the Scope Securely.

Now you need some sort of device for securing the rifle. It can be a lead sled, vise, or anything similar. When you are securing the rifle, make sure to level properly as well. Usually, small tool kits come with a short level. You can simply use that for leveling accurately. You want to place the level on receiver’s top and do required adjustments of your rifle.

Oiling & Thread-locking

On the contact surface, apply a generous amount of gun oil next. This must be done before going for any scope base to rifle connection. Usually, between the receiver and scope base, unwanted rust forms up that are really problematic. Depending on the material, this oil will help to deter rust from forming easily.

Also, while shooting with a rifle. The recoil causes screws to wiggle lose with passing time. So, you should apply some thread locker for the screws. This ensures a proper attachment. And so, the screws are tightly in their spots causing no wiggling movements.

While using a thread locker, you should always go for removable versions. Permanent or red Loctite are strictly a big no. If you use the permanent version, later for removing it you’ll need to use 500 Fahrenheit of temperature. That’s going to be very hassling for sure. However, for an expert blacksmith or gunsmith, that step won’t be a big trouble. But for a beginner, this can lead to causing damage to the rifle very easily.

Use a very tiny dab of thread locker. Then you should carefully and gradually tighten the base down. You need to visually and manually observe the receiver while doing so. Make sure the screws are not protruding on this process. You can simply use your hands here. This way you will be absolutely certain that the screws are not going to hit bolt accidentally.

Mounting Scope Rings.

After securing the base, time to work with scope rings. Start by organizing the tiny screws and additional scope ring parts. Then begin with mounting the ring’s bottom. Before following with top ring, check your previous work.

While using a Picatinny base, you need to push rings against the closest rails as much as possible. This will make screws tighten better and rings will seat neatly over the rail causing zero movements.

Rifle Scope to Rings Mounting.

Secure the firearm and place it over bottom ring sets. The rings need to be as far as possible from objective bell. It also needs to be far from the adjustment turrets. Use good spacing and clearance after that. Now use some thread locker to secure the screws using your hand. Don’t torque the screws right away. We’ll do that after setting eye relief.

Set the Eye Relief.

Place the rifle over your shoulder and close your eyes. You need to find a comfortable position while resting your cheek over the stock comb. That’s how you find a natural placement. Don’t depend on the optical for head positioning.

Once you shoulder the rifle comfortably, open your eyes. Now adjust the scope for correct eye relief. You need to move it back and forth slightly. And you will see a sweet spot at some point where you’ll have a clear field of view with accurate distance.

If there is a black halo noticeable, simply adjust the scope rings. Concentrate on your positioning and setup. Depending on that, you may have to go for slightly more or less wiggle room.

Leveling on Center Turret.

Now you need to level the scope by securing rifle again. This time you need to level it on the center turret. The reticle needs to be accurately parallel and perpendicular to your bore. Keep on adjusting the scope until you get to that point. A proper leveling will ensure correct windage and elevation.  Once the job is done, securely tighten all screws of scope rings.

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Final Thoughts

So, this was the entire process of how to mount a rifle scope. As a beginner, you need to be aware of every part and portion of your rifle scope. Make sure you read provided manual or instruction well to acknowledge certain points that could vary depending on the model. It’s not a very big deal to get a properly mounted rifle scope. But a flawless mounting can take a first-timer more than once, so it’s okay if there’s a problem. You can always try again with patience and get things sorted eventually.