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Subject: leveling scope
Hey guys, got a couple things. First I love the show. I listen to it on the regular while working out normally or wrenching on some stuff in my garage. So keep it up fellas.
Secondly, I wanted to throw out a tidbit of knowledge I've picked up over the years about leveling a scope. There are a couple schools of thought to it. Some people think you should level the reticle to the shooter. By that I mean often times individual shooters may have a 3-5 degree natural cant to the rifle in the prone or whatever position. So leveling the scope the gun itself doesn't make sense in the realm of high precision. Personally I think this has merit but I've never tested out myself and I do level my reticles to the gun. To level scopes my preferred and easiest method is to use some feeler gauges. You must have a flat topped rail like a one piece picatinny rail and the scope needs to have a flat surface on the bottom. My US Optics one is flat under the area where the turrets adjustments are. But regardless you just find the proper amount of the feeler gauges to fill the area to good smug and slop free fit under the flat area and the rail. Takes all the work out of it and is fast. In a pinch I have used a small piece of metal with squared up sides as well. And just kind put it in and angled it so the parallel sides were on the flat surface and rail. I got a little long winded there but I hope I made sense. Please contact me if you need me to clear up what I mean. Once again keep up the awesome work the show.
Subject: Level, Level, Level
As discussed in your podcast, I have never had real positive results with the Wheeler Level, Level, Level. I start by using a Tipton Best Gun Vise on a bench and make sure the vise is level. I then put the firearm into the vise and use a carpenter’s square to verify that the stock is vertical. I then place one of the levels in the chamber and see if there is any difference. Most times there is a couple of degrees difference, to none at all. By the time I mount the scope and use a level to verify it is level, tightening down the rings using an X pattern a few ounces at a time somehow always results in the scope reticle being off a slight amount. I then take it to the range and place a plumb bob at 200 yards. The plum bob is hung using black parachute cord (for visibility against a white background). Again, making sure the firearm is level in a gun vise, rotate the scope to align the reticle with the plumb bob line. Tighten down the scope rings and verify that the reticle is still in alignment with the plumb bob. Dat's it! I also believe that there are a number of variations of the Level, Level, Level as mine have no adjustment screws like Jim's. Bizarre! Wishing you and the guys a very Merry Christmas (after the election we can once again do that without being called out as Politically Incorrect).
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