professional scope mounting, Virginia beach


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z7
September 22, 2014, 03:34 PM
as the title says, i'm looking for someone to professionally mount a rifle scope in the Hampton roads area. i can do it myself, but its the nicest scope on the nicest mount on the nicest gun i have purchased to date. for some its a starter, but for me a Vortex PST FFP 4-16 on a RRA Predator HP (308) rifle with a AD Recon mount is a lot of money, and I don't want to mount it crooked.

any suggestions are appreciated, i have considered calling bass pro to see if they could do it.

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Dentite
September 22, 2014, 03:46 PM
I would never pay someone to mount a scope, but then again I don't pay anyone to mow my lawn or take care of my pool either.

I don't like other people messing with my stuff if I can avoid it.

If you are unsure of how to do it, do some research and learn how.

Other advantages to DIY is you can set it up for proper eye relief for YOU, not joe blow at Bass Pro Shops.

If you need advice on how to, ask here and you'll get some good info.

I'm not trying to give you a hard time, I'm just encouraging you to do it yourself. Research how, go slow and you'll be fine.

buck460XVR
September 22, 2014, 04:23 PM
The guy at Bass Pro probably knows less than you do. If you are unsure about doing it yourself, call a mom and pop LGS or a gunsmith. Having it mounted properly, screws torqued correctly and rings lapped if needed, along with bore sighting is not that expensive as opposed to buying all the stuff needed to do it one time yourself.

plexreticle
September 22, 2014, 06:33 PM
I'm sure someone will be happy to take your money, but a one piece mount on an AR is about as easy as it gets, you won't have to worry about misalignment. You'll just need to set it up for zero cant and your eye relief.

If you pay someone to mount it chances they will check the cant with a flat edge or just eyeball it. It's easy enough that paying an expert won't gain you anything.

Not necessary, but I use a torque driver; the Wiha 28506 is a good one. The mounts should come with a spec sheet for torque values. I usually go with 16 in/lbs for rings as a default if I don't have a spec sheet.


I found this video to be really helpful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COoXVpGfXQE

jmr40
September 22, 2014, 07:08 PM
As stated earlier, you are more likely to get it right yourself. No reason to pay someone else. You'll likely have to bring it home and fine tune it anyway.

Hapworth
September 22, 2014, 11:28 PM
Ain't it nice when you ask for one kind of advice and everybody offers you another? ;)

Revolver Armorer in Suffolk; knowledgeable, professional outfit -- wheel guns are a speciality, but they work on everything.

CardiacColt68
September 23, 2014, 01:14 PM
Just do it yourself. I am a mechanical idiot, and new to rifles and I mounted a nice Swarovski on a Kimber and a Leupold on my Ruger. It is really very easy if you get the right base's and scope mounting kit. Everybody I know that used Bass Pro or Gander Mountain had problems. Plus if you learn to do it yourself, you will be able to handle any problems or changes in the field or at the range.

z7
September 23, 2014, 01:35 PM
Thanks for the advice, it is what I expected, it is easy to do, I've done it before, but was unsure if anyone had used a gunsmith or other source for professional mount.

sage5907
September 23, 2014, 04:49 PM
I think the easiest way to tell if the scope is set level on the receiver is to place the muzzle of the rifle on the floor and look through the scope with the eye about 18 inches from the scope. If the vertical crosshair is pointing toward the center of the bolt you've got it straight and level.

chaser_2332
September 23, 2014, 05:13 PM
Feeler gauge and torque wrench is all that needed

rehorne
September 26, 2014, 07:39 PM
If you just gotta have someone else do it, go to Bob's Gun Shop on Granby St in Norfork

gamestalker
September 26, 2014, 08:01 PM
I buddy of mine ruined a brand new Vortex, crushed the tube. I'm a strong proponent of using the proper tools, as in an inch pound wrench to avoid breaking expensive rings, or crushing tubes, or not getting them tight enough and then having to deal with other unwanted issues.

GS

Grumulkin
September 26, 2014, 10:51 PM
as the title says, i'm looking for someone to professionally mount a rifle scope in the Hampton roads area. i can do it myself, but its the nicest scope on the nicest mount on the nicest gun i have purchased to date. for some its a starter, but for me a Vortex PST FFP 4-16 on a RRA Predator HP (308) rifle with a AD Recon mount is a lot of money, and I don't want to mount it crooked.

any suggestions are appreciated, i have considered calling bass pro to see if they could do it.

I'm not trying to discourage you from getting a "professional" job but, for what it's worth, I'll tell you how I do it. I've mounted bunches of scopes, high end and otherwide, in the past few years and this is what I've found useful.

1. I have a couple of Wheeler Engineering bubble levels (I think I got the set from Brownell's). One is magnetically attached to a flat piece of the rifle or scope base. Then while keeping the rifle level, the crosshairs are adjusted to being in the correct position by leveling the scope with another level on the top turret; if both the levels are level, then the reticle is leveled. A gun vice would help but I've always made do without.

2. I also have a Warne Torx torque wrench I use to tighten the screws for the scope base and rings. I use low or medium strength (never high strength) Loct Tite on the base and never the rings.

Some lap the rings; I never have and am of the opinion that if you get a good base and rings, you don't need to.

If you were in central Ohio, I'd be happy to help you out with this.

Your investment in the tools probably wouldn't cost any more than having your scope mounted professionally. One other thing, there was one gunsmith I knew, that wouldn't mount any scope not purchased from him. He was kind of a curmudgeon so you might find a more accomodating one.

z7
September 26, 2014, 10:59 PM
Thanks for all the responses, I was not really sure if anyone actually paid someone to so it. I spent an hour tinkering and got the eye relief and everything set up. Scope is mounted, now I need to take it to the range

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