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Scope leveling kit #15435985 11/20/20
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Working on putting together my first mid-long range rifle and was wondering how you guys make sure your scope is as level as possible. I typically use a plumb line and hang it from something 25 feet away and make sure my vertical post is true to the plumb line. This has always worked for me in the past but wondering if there is a more precise way to do it. My rifle is a Bergara Premier Approach in 6.5 PRC and I am going to be putting a Zeiss Conquest V4 4-16X44 scope on it. Just trying to get my feet wet at this point and become proficient out to 600 yards or so for now. Thanks!

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Re: Scope leveling kit [Re: Whatchaketchemon] #15436028 11/20/20
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I wouldn't trade all those devices for your plumb line. You didn't make it clear...but you do need to remove the bolt and get the bore hole optically plumb with the vertical crosshair, right?


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Re: Scope leveling kit [Re: Whatchaketchemon] #15436029 11/20/20
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There are several recent threads on this, but ultimately the Reticle Tru is tough to beat.

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Typically I just mount the rifle like I am gonna fire a shot but removing the bolt would make a lot more sense. Might be a pain to see the plumb line through the barrel with smaller calibers though

Re: Scope leveling kit [Re: Whatchaketchemon] #15436122 11/20/20
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Deck of cards on top of the rail is cheap and easy assuming to rifle has a rail and the scope a flat turret bottom. Usually I hang a plumb line on the wall, level the rifle in the cradle with the butt against the wall and shine a mag light through the objective and set it to the plumb line. Reticle tru seems pretty fool proof but I’ve always just don’t it with a plumb line or cards.

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Re: Scope leveling kit [Re: Jordan Smith] #15436398 11/20/20
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Originally Posted by Jordan Smith
There are several recent threads on this, but ultimately the Reticle Tru is tough to beat.

Agree.

Google it.

Or PM Hi_vel, Fire member and inventor/maker.

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I use the Wheeler levels. Works OK.

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Originally Posted by Jordan Smith
There are several recent threads on this, but ultimately the Reticle Tru is tough to beat.



I am pleased with mine.


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Re: Scope leveling kit [Re: Dirtfarmer] #15437541 11/20/20
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Originally Posted by Dirtfarmer
Originally Posted by Jordan Smith
There are several recent threads on this, but ultimately the Reticle Tru is tough to beat.

Agree.

Google it.

Or PM Hi_vel, Fire member and inventor/maker.

DF

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Re: Scope leveling kit [Re: Whatchaketchemon] #15437723 11/21/20
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I use a Reticle True to get the reticle square to the bore and a corner post, confirmed level with a 4’ level, to make sure my scope level is reading true.

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I sit the gun in one of those Tipton gun cradles to mount the scope while it sits on the kitchen table.
When it is finishes and looks good to my trained eye, i open the side door and allign the reticle on the corner of the garage which is about 100’ away. I built the garage so i know that corner is at least pretty plumb because i used a 4’ level when i built it.
Then i remove the bolt and insert a piece of brass with the primer knocked out into the chamber and boresite it on the garage doorknob.
We only hunt long range from our Pa camp, and have been for about 50 years.

Re: Scope leveling kit [Re: Whatchaketchemon] #15438937 11/21/20
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I use a Tipton gun vise (actually any vice will work with rubber jaws) . I first level the rifle using a round bubble level the top of the rail or any flat spot on the action. I then mount the scope & level it using the same round level. At that point your done. I confirm using a plum line.

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Re: Scope leveling kit [Re: Whatchaketchemon] #15438963 11/21/20
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After making sure that the scope is perfectly level with the bore of the rifle, I always take along a hunting partner and two 1-foot levels. After I shoulder the rifle, prior to actually taking the shot. I have the partner place the levels across my shoulders to make sure that I, and my hold, are perfectly square with the scope. I then chamber a round, steady myself, and then take the safety off.


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I think that’s how they did it in Brokeback Mountain too. Maybe you’re onto something....

Re: Scope leveling kit [Re: Whatchaketchemon] #15440824 11/22/20
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Reticle Tru. I haven’t found anything that works better. If you watch the how to video, it’s really that easy

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Re: Scope leveling kit [Re: Whatchaketchemon] #15441421 11/22/20
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bigger IS better....

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You and aalf are definitely onto something... Big...

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