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I do not use a laser. That was other members post. I use a thick plumb-line. I run bubbles on the rifle itself to level it to the work and to the shooter. All zeroing and initial load development is done at 100y. Loads are tested at 500y or so to see vertical. My scopes track out 2000y. Everything is magnified at distance. Thought this was the "precision rifle" sub-forum?

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Similar to many of the posters, I use a plumb line and a leveled rifle. If you use this method, center the bore on your plumb line prior to leveling the crosshairs. Also, avoid using cheap small levels, as they often have some error. I know this by testing them against larger levels. You can buy small magnetic lelevs that will stick to your rifle, but test them against a good larger level before trusting them.

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I use the bubble level  in my MPA chassis to be level, then adjust the scope's vertical cross hair to match a plumb bob hung 25yrs away.

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Interesting topic.  On a similar note: I had an AR that I wanted to have Score High Gunsmithing mount. 

 

They have a very good reputation in precision shooting.  I get a call from them to say the upper rail is not trued. 

 

They could not do the mounting to their quality standards.  

 

It was an interesting lesson learned by me.  I tend to have a professional mount my scopes now.

 

 

 

 

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46 minutes ago, pjb45 said:

I tend to have a professional mount my scopes now.

I bet you send many more rounds down range than any of those guys. You will do fine. It's really not too hard. After 2-3 times you will be a pro!

 

I have also seen and experience a lot of out-of-spec uppers. 1913'ish rails, un-square reciever faces, etc, etc. If you still own it and it shoots, separate rings (non unimount). may get the scope mounted pretty darn close. Burris Signature come to mind too. 

 

PS: I am in Snottsdale too :) Recently moved and found pistol shooting is by far the most popular shooting sort around these parts. This led me back to Brian Enos after a long time.

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Here is an engineer's answer to scope leveling:

You will need two lasers and a solid vice to hold the rifle.  Mount one laser in the bore and a the other in the scope rings.  Use the two laser points to draw a vertical line at some distance (like 30 yards) in front of the muzzle.  Set the scope in the rings and make the vertical crosshair parallel to the line on your paper.  Tighten the scope caps.  You can use a piece of bar stock with a hole bored in it to mount the laser in the scope rings.  Both lasers can be rotated to be sure they are concentric with the bore/rings.

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On 1/28/2019 at 2:22 PM, Delfuego said:

I bet you send many more rounds down range than any of those guys. You will do fine. It's really not too hard. After 2-3 times you will be a pro!

 

I have also seen and experience a lot of out-of-spec uppers. 1913'ish rails, un-square reciever faces, etc, etc. If you still own it and it shoots, separate rings (non unimount). may get the scope mounted pretty darn close. Burris Signature come to mind too. 

 

PS: I am in Snottsdale too :) Recently moved and found pistol shooting is by far the most popular shooting sort around these parts. This led me back to Brian Enos after a long time.

I got rid of that upper, a friend gave me a voltor (spelling) which was great.  Gave it to a friend when JP sent me an upper.    I tend towards more expensive scopes; IOR Valada, Swaro, and Accupoint, although I do have a Primary Arm 1-6x that is actually ok. So having a trued scope is a must.

 

I agree, pistol is very popular, however, Rio, Cowtown, and other nearby ranges run a lot of rifle, two and three gun matches.  Check the Rio calendar. Next weekend there is a match but some issues with the road being closed for a race.  Most stages are a reasonable distance but few at 'some' yardage.

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On ‎1‎/‎27‎/‎2019 at 8:36 AM, Delfuego said:

Do not trust the scope is manufactured exactly. Meaning the turret caps and bottom of the scope may not be perfect and using those will not get your reticle vertical using bubbles and gauges alone. Just because the top turret cap is level, means nothing in regards to the reticle.

 

I always use a plumb-line. I will use bubbles on the rifle itself, and adjust the scope to be vertical against a plumb-line. The plumb-line is vertical. This allows you to be precise and get correct head position, eye relief and a vertical reticle at the same time. I use a fat orange nylon/rubber strap with a weight on the end. It's easy to see, and wide enough to get good reference picture (center/edge). It can be done as close as 25ft or further if you have room; think prone in the kitchen, plumb-line in the yard 😉

This is exactly how I was taught by a pretty well known long range (PRS) custom builder. I have used this method on all of my rifles and it has worked very well for me. The stories I have heard about the reticles of  high end scopes that are not true, blew my mind. 

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I use an EXD Vertical Reticle Instrument and a plumb-line. I found this the quickest and most accurate way to get a level reticle.

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Field method: Deck of cards which are always easy to find on deployment. Place them under the flat bottom scope until you can’t fit more. Make sure all cards are centered under scope. 

 

Tech method:

take 2 iPhones with a level app that show degrees and then level your rifle, switch to other iphone to confirm its same level ensuring by eye it’s perfectly in the same position as other iPhone. If phones are not giving same level data the app should have a calibrate feature. Calibrate them Identically this can be a step 1 also. 

 

Once rifle rails are level place scope on rings and finger tighten to even ring gap spacing on tube clamp points. Now level with an iPhone. I usually depending on scope make take top elevation cap off so I’m on scope body not a cap. Depends on make. 

 

Level and tighten, test and check test and check. 

 

App i I use is theodolight Serves many purposes. Also map measure pro is an awesome app for long range shooter. 

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Field method: Deck of cards which are always easy to find on deployment. Place them under the flat bottom scope until you can’t fit more. Make sure all cards are centered under scope. 
 
Tech method:
take 2 iPhones with a level app that show degrees and then level your rifle, switch to other iphone to confirm its same level ensuring by eye it’s perfectly in the same position as other iPhone. If phones are not giving same level data the app should have a calibrate feature. Calibrate them Identically this can be a step 1 also. 
 
Once rifle rails are level place scope on rings and finger tighten to even ring gap spacing on tube clamp points. Now level with an iPhone. I usually depending on scope make take top elevation cap off so I’m on scope body not a cap. Depends on make. 
 
Level and tighten, test and check test and check. 
 
App i I use is theodolight Serves many purposes. Also map measure pro is an awesome app for long range shooter. 

It might be cheaper to just buy the wheeler scope leveling kit. Since it does the same thing


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