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November 19, 2012

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Surplus trout stocked in Lake Erie

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Scope mounting 101

With gun season just around the corner, one week away to be exact many of us procrastinators will be out there sighting our shotguns or muzzleloaders in at the last minute. Some of you may even be so far behind that you might go so far as to be just mounting your scope, shame on you. Oops, been there done that, retract that statement. If that be the case here’s a quick Scope Mounting 101 course that might help you get the job done a tad bit quicker and easier so you can then get out there and sight it in and hopefully hit what yer amin’ at.

Do it right

With some of the recent innovations in shotgun and muzzleloader accuracy, a lot of hunters are adding scopes to their hunting implements. Decades ago mounting a scope involved drilling and tapping the gun’s receiver, something best left to a professional gunsmith.

However, today most firearm manufacturers have incorporated some system of mounting a scope into their firearm designs, which means that anyone with a moderate level of skill can install their own scopes. This also means that a lot of people mount scopes incorrectly, leading to poor performance, inaccuracy, and damage to the scope.

Disclaimer

There are thousands of firearms, scopes, rings, and bases available which means there are millions of different combinations that someone can encounter. No article, or book for that matter, can possibly thoroughly cover every situation. The technique described here will describe how to install most scopes onto most firearms.

If you are uncertain or uncomfortable at any point, STOP; take the gun to a skilled gunsmith. In addition, there are potentially other ways to correctly install a scope. The method described here has been found to deliver the best performance, accuracy, and holding power. But by no means is it the definitive way to mount a scope.

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