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Reticle-Tru alignment device #6632100 06/27/12
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Hi Vel (Jerry) approached me about evaluating his new Reticle-Tru reticle alignment tool. I agreed to check it out and he sent me a sample. It is designed to assist in aligning a scope reticle, true with the gun, when mounting a scope.

I've been mounting scopes on rifles for many years and it's always been a hassle to get the reticle perfectly straight. The hardest to deal with were the original Weaver rings with screws on one side. Tightening those screws would draw the scope slightly, so the reticle that stated straight, ended up canted. The newer Sure Grip Weavers have screws on both sides and are much easier to deal with. Those original Weavers were a test of one's religion...! blush

It's hard to watch the reticle and align the scope, all at the same time. I often back off so I can see glimpses of the reticle as I visually try to align the crosshairs with the vertical axis of the gun. I've even tried to align the horizontal wire with the top of a flat base, anything to index the inside of the scope with what's going on outside the scope.

Case in point. With my new Leupold VX-6 1.5-6x24, with German #4 reticle, I took great pains to mount it correctly on my 9.3x62 Mauser, as posted below.

http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/6629536/3

I aligned the reticle as I always have, checked and re-checked, convincing myself it was straight.

I then attached the Reticle-Tru to the eyepiece with the supplied rubber band. I aligned the vertical wire of the reticle with the machined slot in the tool, then backed off to check it out. It was obvious, from the indicators on the Reticle-Tru, the scope reticle was slightly canted, like 12:02, rather than 12:00, straight up. I loosened the ring screws, aligned the bottom pointer on the Reticle-Tru, dead center with the rifle bolt, tightened the ring screws and rechecked the reticle. It was perfect.

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This is a very simple tool that should last forever. The only wearing part is the rubber band. This tool helps externalize the reticle alignment to better facilitate alignment of the scope with the rifle action, using reference points milled into the tool body.

Jerry is in the pre-prodution phase and doesn't yet have a price point. I think he's still working with the Patent folks.

I hope he can get it to market, as it's a "better mouse trap", so to speak. There are other devices designed to aid in reticle alignment. I think this one can hold it's own with any of them. It's simple to use and it works.

My disclaimer: This product was given to me to evaluate. The donation was not linked to my opinion, which isn't for sale, BTW. Jerry was very clear that he wanted my objective opinion and that's what I've done my best to express. If I didn't like it, I would have told him so, just privately... laugh

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Re: Reticle-Tru alignment device [Re: Dirtfarmer] #6632813 06/27/12
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Cool little gadget, looks very simple to use, and Yes, should last next to forever, and we all must reduce or better yet completely eliminate "cant", specially if your gonna stretch 'em out a bit.

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Re: Reticle-Tru alignment device [Re: Dirtfarmer] #6632819 06/27/12
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Wow!

I think this tool trumps all the reticle levelers on the market.

I really like the V-block to center the slot and the pointers to line the tool up to dead center on the bolt.

When can I buy one and why didn't I think of it first?

Very nice work Jerry and wonderful ingenuity on your part! Hope you sell a million.

Thanks for the post DF.


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Re: Reticle-Tru alignment device [Re: nsaqam] #6632877 06/27/12
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I worked a bit on that first photo. I've got to get a new throw down for pictures. That one is an old plastic packing sheet that's showing age and dirt.

I rotated the photo and cropped it some to better show how the indicators on the tool can be used to establish the center line and axis of the gun. Closer scrutiny shows that it may be a hair off from perfect alignment, but it's close. This demonstrates just how sensitive the tool can be regarding true alignment. No way could one see the reticle that well and align the scope with such precision.

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I want one!


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Me too!


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Re: Reticle-Tru alignment device [Re: Dirtfarmer] #6633198 06/27/12
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Group buy!! smile


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Excellent idea.

Put that mill into high gear Jerry!


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That's looks really neat and simple! DF keep us posted when it comes into production.




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Good job.


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I want one too!

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Nice work Jerry simple but effective. I want one

Re: Reticle-Tru alignment device [Re: Dirtfarmer] #6633429 06/28/12
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now that you have shown it to the world the chinese will have one on the market first. grin


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Originally Posted by Hubert
now that you have shown it to the world the chinese will have one on the market first. grin


laugh

That's about right...

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I need one of these!


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Re: Reticle-Tru alignment device [Re: nsaqam] #6633775 06/28/12
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Originally Posted by nsaqam
Excellent idea.

Put that mill into high gear Jerry!


I think Jerry has some preliminary work to do before he puts it out. Our interest, giving him an idea of the numbers he needs to make, should be an assist to his logistical planning for the first run.

I think he's got a good one.

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If it's good enough for you guys it's good enough for me....count me in too.


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Good, simple and interesting ol' american engineering.

Would be interested to buy some as soon as available if price is honest. To test and present to gunsmiths and hunters who mounts lots of scopes.
Can help to save time a bit and even more nervous breakdown when using old style Weaver rings...

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Jerry's got to refine some of the logistics and production options to get to the right price point. He's working on it.

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I was just in a discussion about indexing a BAR, Rem 742, Rem 760, etc. There is no bolt to use as a reference point.

With those, I have placed a straight edge along the side of the receiver and indexed the reticle on that. I think one could use the side of the Reticle-Tru as a guide for a parallel index with the straight edge.

I've not yet done one of those with the Reticle-Tru, but think that technique would work.

DF

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