Do you guys mount your own scopes?

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Do you guys mount your own scopes, or do you take them to a Smith to mount?

I always do everything myself. Mostly because I can't afford to pay a Smith. Or I just don't want to pay for it.

Do I do it perfectly? Ha ha ha, not at all. But good enough...

I don't have a torque wrench or any special gunsmithing tools (other than AR assembling tools, and some small levels for scope mounting).

What do you guys do?
 
I not only mount my own scopes, but if I'm building a rifle I D&T the holes for my scope bases. I know some guys pay or let others mount scopes for them, but I think there's probably no other work one can do on a firearm that's as easy as mounting your own scope. And very easy to bore sight them too; especially with a bolt action, single shot, or any type action where I can see through the bore.
 
I mount all my own scopes. One can do it with very affordable tools, bench vise to secure firearm and a couple levels and some blue threadlocker.

I have purchased over the years tools that make it easier and more accurate, but not necessary.

How does one guarantee their scope is adjusted in the rings for their shooting position? If not mounting the scope for themselves. I guess one can sit around as it's being mounted and give feedback to the tech doing the work, at that point why not just do it myself?
 
I guess why it is so confusing to me why people don't do it themselves is simply some users of rifles are simply not gun people. They look at their rifle as strictly a tool to hunt with, when looking at this topic from that perspective, I guess it makes sense to have a gunsmith mount the scope and be there to provide feedback for the scope location in the rings for eye relief. Still even then, it wouldn't hurt a person to figure out how to.
 
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Torque driver, plumb bob, levels, mounting jig. I stress-free bed non-integral rails, I lap or bed rings if I'm putting lipstick on pigs. I mount my scopes myself, perfectly. It's not a complex system, it's a tube and a dozen or so screws. It's so easy and inexpensive to do it well, I'm not sure why someone willing to do it themselves wouldn't do it well.
 
Always do it myself using a plumb bob, a level that attaches to my barrel, and a torque driver.

I then use either a SiteLite laser boresighter or a Leupold "Zero Point" to bore sight.
 
Did one on a .22 rifle. Easy— no problems at all. Plumb bob & torque wrench. Held the gun in my shop vise with leather lined wooden jaw adapters. Bore sighted it on a fence post 25yds away. I hardly needed to adjust it after that.
 
Do you guys mount your own scopes, or do you take them to a Smith to mount?

I always do everything myself. Mostly because I can't afford to pay a Smith. Or I just don't want to pay for it.

Do I do it perfectly? Ha ha ha, not at all. But good enough...

I don't have a torque wrench or any special gunsmithing tools (other than AR assembling tools, and some small levels for scope mounting).

What do you guys do?
I mount them myself. You could have a gunsmith or someone else do it for you but you have to be present when they do so that they can get the correct eye relief.
 
I also do it myself! A couple of bubble levels one for the rifle and one for the scope. For me the trick is to keep everything level while slowly tightening the scope rings. Moving side to side on the scope rings as to not rotate the scope!
 
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Always did my own.
Was pretty darn good at it, found it easy.

Of course that was before I needed bifocals.
Takes me longer, a couple of attempts.
Still get it done.
But now is of some stress.

Unlike the old days.
 
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Always myself; torque wrench, plumb bob, levels, can lap rings if necessary. No issues that I can identify if I do it.

Once bought a used 270 Savage 111 that wouldn't shoot worth a darn....had the original Weaver scope on it that it came with and it was loose. I'm convinced someone sold it because of a bad mounting job.
 
I bought a used FP10 in .308 a few years ago. It came with rings already mounted, and were "in the white" inside the rings. I called the guy I bought it from ( who claimed to be a retired Marine who instructed at the Scout/Sniper school) and he told me about lapping the rings to avoid torquing or marking the scope tube. I've been doing it ever since, both 1" and 30mm scopes. If you install your rings, torque the bottom halves to your desired tension, then put a dot of lapping compound inside the rings and lay the lap mandrel(?) in the rings and lightly screw the ring tops down, loose enough to rotate and move the lap forwards and back a few times. remove the lap and clean the rings. If you have scuffs from the lapping compound ALL over the rings, you probable don't need to lap them much, if at all.

Wheeler Engineering has a lapping kit (#305172) available from www.MidwayUSA.com.
 
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