Rifles are much more fun to shoot, whether at paper targets at the range, cans in the backyard, or deer out in the field, when you actually hit your target. To hit your target, you need a scope.
There are many different types of riflescopes to choose from. It depends on your style of shooting, how far you need to be accurate, as well as what type of rifle you own.
Going to buy a rifle scope is just the first step. You also need to know how to mount a riflescope if you actually want to begin using it.
Keep reading our step-by-step guide for learning how to buy and mount a rifle scope to increase your marksmanship abilities today.
1. Buy the Correct Scope and Mounting Hardware
First, you need to buy a proper scope. It depends on what type of rifle you have and what type of shooting you plan to do.
A long-distance hunting scope and mount is going to be different from AR 15 scopes and mounts.
Many rifles come with scope mounting hardware already attached. However, if you have an older model, you may need to purchase your own mounting hardware that will work on your gun and your buying scope.
2. How to Mount a Riflescope; Have the Right Tools
Ready to begin mounting a riflescope? You need a couple of household tools. A gun vise holds your rifle securely in place, making it easy to work on it without moving around. Make sure your firearm is completely unloaded before you begin working on it.
You’ll want a torque wrench, a small bubble level, and any screwdrivers or wrenches that will fit the hardware on your mounting hardware.
3. Add the Scope
Loosen the screws on the scope mount, and then gently place the scope on the mount. Tighten the screws just enough to hold the scope in place, but don’t secure it completely yet.
4. Test the View
With your scope set to the highest magnification, shoulder your rifle and look through the scope with your head in a natural position. You should have a full picture in your sight. If not, move the scope around until it’s in the right position for your rifle and body size.
5. Level Your Scope
With the scope in the right position, you want to make sure it’s level before finally tightening it down. Place your small bubble level on the scope and move it around ever so slightly until it’s completely level. This is only possible if you have a gun vise to hold your gun straight up in the air.
6. Secure Your Scope
Once level, it’s time to tighten all of the screws on your scope and bracket. Don’t tighten each screw completely all at once. Instead, tighten each one a little bit, then move on to the next one, and cycle through, ensuring each screw is tightened in the same way.
Test Out Your New Scope
Now that you know how to mount a riflescope, it’s time to get out there and test it out for yourself. Head to your local gun range to see how your scope performs.
Bonus points if you find an outdoor range or safe shooting area that allows you to take much longer shots, so you can actually put your scope to the test.
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