Educate a noob: Is this all I need to mount a scope?


October 7, 2008, 01:48 PM
I'm planning on mounting either a Leupold Mark 4 or some similar scope to a future Remington 700 SPS, here is the rifle:

This should come with the mounting holes already drilled, right?

Then all I need is this two piece weaver base:

And the two piece base I assume comes with the necessary screws to screw it into the Remington 700 Receiver, right?

After that, just get the rings, and I'm set?

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October 7, 2008, 02:35 PM
That's the hardware...what about the software? How to align the rings, torque figures for tightening, leveling reticles, setting eye relief, where to (and not to) use thread locker, etc. And do you have the proper tools to tighten things up w/o bunging up the screws? Many people just throw this together (with varying results)...either read up on the procedure (assuming you haven't) or consider letting a trained person do the job...many will let you watch/learn so you're better prepared next time around. My .02

October 7, 2008, 02:41 PM
How you level reticles or set eye relief? What does that entail?

October 7, 2008, 03:15 PM
I HIGHLY recommend getting Burris Signature Rings (

They make it almost impossible to damage your scope by having misaligned or improperly lapped rings. They also use nice Torx screws and come with a Torx wrench for tightening them, so bunged up screws are a non-issue.

October 7, 2008, 03:52 PM
Which of the Burris Signature rings you recommended would be best for a Leupold Mark 4 10x40mm on a Remington 700 SPS picatinny rail?

dagger dog
October 7, 2008, 03:57 PM

Eye relief is the distance between your eye and the scope, and leveling of the reticles ,is to get the crosshairs level with the rifle bore.

There are lots of fancy, do dads that will help you with the crosshair leveling, it can be done with out them it just takes longer.

The eye relief is important so you don't wind up with a "RED EYEBROW".

This distance is more critical with heavier recoiling rifles. Usually the scope instructions will give you a basic run down on the procedure. You'll adjust the focus to bring the crosshairs nice and crisp, and then with the scope in the rings loose you will slide the scope back and forth with your cheek welded to the stock in the most comfortable spot and bring the picture into focus, no black on the edges etc.

Make sure to use a screw driver and bits designed for gun screws, whether torx ,Allen, or slotted. It will keep the srews from being buggered, the regular old household scew driver is not hollow ground and will cam out of the slots marring the screws or possibly worse you new SPS.

When installing the mounts make sure to clean out the drilled and tapped holes in the rifles receiver, rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover,or brake clean, and a Q-Tip, and get them clean. The same routine with the ring screws clean them and the holes thoroughly, also the saddle portion of the rings where the scope rests.

You can go as far as lapping scope rings,reticle levelers buying a torque wrench for tightening screws and a whole lot farther, but most of this type of expensive gear is for someone who is planning to work on just more than one or two rifles.

If you do the mount youself just take your time and don't get to stressed out , it is a reletive easy job that can be done with the correct tools.

The only thing you may want to farm out is the bore sighting, you might even have the people your buying the rifle from do that after you do the mounting,and I do stress you doing the mounting ,but this also can be done at the range with the proper instruction ,with only a cardboard box and a target and couple rounds of ammo.

The main thing is to have the fun of doing it youself!

October 7, 2008, 07:38 PM
Thanks dagger.

So once I get to the range, setup at 25-50 yards, loosen the scope screws, get a cheekweld while getting a good reticle picure, then tighten the screws once the scope has been wiggled into the perfect spot? Sound right?

Anything else I should know?


October 7, 2008, 10:35 PM
Another noob here--if you haven't seen it yet, MidwayUSA has a pretty good video that walks through the whole process. I'm pretty sure you don't need the fancy tools they sell, but there's still some good info, and it's nice to see how the installation should go. I couldn't find a direct link to the video, but you can go to this page (http:// and scroll down to "How to mount a scope". Hope that helps!

October 8, 2008, 12:15 AM
Good vid, thanks!

Would this be a good base for a remington 700 SPS .308?

October 8, 2008, 09:24 AM
Bore sighting is easy with a bolt gun.

1. Remove the bolt.

2. Place the gun in a held positon. You can use a bipod, a shooting rest, a padded gun vise, . . .

3. Sighting thru the bore, place a small target, a golf ball for example, at 25 yards.

4. With moving the rifle, move the scope reticle until it centers on the golf ball.

5. After adjusting, check the view through the bore and the scope again to make sure you did not move anything.

That will all but zero your windage setting, and put you on the paper with positive elevation @ 50 yards.

If you have ballistic data for your combination of gun, cartridge, and sight height, you can adjust your scope relative to the golf ball based on that data, and get closer to your intended trajectory relative to line of sight.

October 8, 2008, 09:32 AM
I had no idea at milling all those extra slots cost so much :p

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