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I've never really leveled a scope. I just eyeball it and go. But with the BDC reticle, it seems obvious that a leveled scope is critical for the BDC marks. So what I did was,1st, put my gun in a vice (with a folded towel around it for protection) with the bottom half of my scope rings mounted to the gun and put a small level on top of the ring and turned the gun intil both rings showed level and tightened it down a little more to keep it from moving easily. Then, I mounted the scope leaving the rings fairly loose and layed the level on the windage turret and spun the scope until it was level then tightened the rings.

My question to the gun experts is: Is this an acceptable way to level my scope with my gun or is there a better way you can let me know about? I want it to be right so that I can sight this gun in to 400+ yards.

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The best way I found is to mount the rifle in a vise and get it good and level across the scope base. Put the scope on top of the installed bottom half of the ring and aim it at a level line drawn on a wall. Tighten accordingly. This will get it closer than a bubble level. I think it would be easy enough to adapt to bore sighting it with a laser as well.
 

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The best way I found is to mount the rifle in a vise and get it good and level across the scope base. Put the scope on top of the installed bottom half of the ring and aim it at a level line drawn on a wall. Tighten accordingly. This will get it closer than a bubble level. I think it would be easy enough to adapt to bore sighting it with a laser as well.
I've done it this way also. But its all for nothing if you dont hold the gun level when shooting.:wink: So it would seem prudent to purchase a scope level to put on when shooting in the field.
 

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I've done it this way also. But its all for nothing if you dont hold the gun level when shooting.:wink: So it would seem prudent to purchase a scope level to put on when shooting in the field.
If I ever get into shooting at much further than 200 yards I'll get a clamp-on level to mount on the scope tube. My .45-70 will soon have a spirit level in front of the front sight. Those are pretty cool! But yeah, if you don't level the gun first the rest is pointless.
 

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U make that Mr. C? Really nice
It's just a couple of dollar string levels and a small piece of rod I had laying around. The rubber band holds the rod against the scope base and a couple of O rings hold the one level to the rod.

Probably not 3 dollars tied up in it. It may not be perfect but it gets the job done for this old blind guy. :biggrin:
 

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I fasten a level to the gun with rubber bands. Similar to the pictures. usually across the bottom; open mag well or remove magazine, whichever. Anyway some flat place.
With gun strapped in gun vise looking out my garage door. Level crosshair on neighbor's house. All houses are plumb.
This gets a better result than anything else I have tried.
Also have a black 3" spot on a white board fastened to my mailbox. 25 yds. away, makes for a perfect boresight after I level scope.
Usually within 2 or 3 inches at 100 yds. I never shoot sighting in at less than 100 yd.
 

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i put bottom of rings on and firm down then put rifle in gun vise. magnetized level across rings or in breech and move gun in vise till its perfectly level. then put scope in bottom of rings and loosely attach top rings while putting the level on scopes adjustments. turn scope till its perfectly level. this levels the crosshairs. not to forget-> leave the level on scope while you tighten the rings and watch it doesn't rotate during tightning of rings.. i get consistant 1 inch groups at over hundred yrds with this method
 
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