Is tapping scope turrets still relevant?

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  1. Scout21

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    I occasionally see old timers doing this when sighting in rifles. I'm told it's needed to "settle in" the adjustments. Has this practice been relegated to the past with todays higher quality optics? Was it ever necessary to begin with?
     
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    I have seen this done also and wondered why.
     
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    Not really relevant today, well, maybe with cheap scopes.

    I heard that growing up as well, never seemed to do anything, and another shot would do it anyway, if there is slop to "settle" in. Stopped playing with that 45/50 years ago.
     
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    If you have to tap a scope turrent to get it to settle down and hold point of impact then you have a scope in need of repair.
     
  5. Varminterror

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    Don’t do this. Any scope which could benefit from this is a scope you don’t benefit from using.
     
  6. Hugger-4641

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    This is valid for some older scopes, and maybe some cheap newer ones.
    The reason is the erector springs are weak.
    If you are making a "down" or "left" adjustment, its not needed. If you are making a "right" or "up" adjustment, tapping on it can help the erector move to the correct position, but it's a much easier and better practice to just go a few clicks past your intentended adjustment and then dial back down or left .
     
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  7. jmorris

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    If I owned a scope that needed to be “settled”, I would replace it with something decent.
     
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    Some of us still do like using vintage equipment:)
     
  9. ColtPythonElite

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    None of my vintage equipment requires a tap. If something moves with a tap, why wouldn't it move with recoil and every other bump?
     
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  10. jmorris

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    Oh, I have antique wall hangers too and I also enjoy actually using old equipment that works correctly.

    If it doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do, it doesn’t matter much, to me, how old it is.
     
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  11. taliv

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    I used to have to do it with my leupold vari3 25 years ago
     
  12. Walkalong

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    For hunting scopes it's not a big deal, get it set and forget it, all they have to do is hold zero.
     
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    Its called the Leupold tap for a reason LOL Certainly was a thing.
    Of course non believers could waste a lof of ammo getting eventually zeroed.
    Was not uncommon to need it when shooting mild recoil stuff as there wasn't enough jar to settle after an adjustment.
    IIRC you were OK adjusting in one vector but the opposite caused the issue.

    I had to do this nonsense w a new Leupold Freedon VX. Had three other Freedoms that this wasnt needed.
    All on .223 or lesser.

    Kind of disappointing on having needed to do it on a new model.

    So yeah, I ordered a 12X Superchicken on sale today.
     
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    Problem seen w .22 lr and varmint class cartridges ( low recoil, heavier rifles).
     
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    Have an old friction adjust Vari X iii on a Ruger #1 .22-250
    Id like to find a new FX 12X for it.
     
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    Made me think of the “lockers” like this Cecil Tucker converted Leupold.

    A06836E5-EB98-4ADD-A854-990478F1D217.jpeg

    Birds of a feather…
     
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    I actually really like the friction turrets on the old Leopold's and....... Weaver?
    I mean if I'm going to get stuck with a "set it and forget it" scope anyway, Don't tempt me with clicky (ish) turrets...... It's just mean....

    I'll admit I still tap on turret housings when I'm sighting guns for other people. None of my current scopes require tapping at, But they do still show up at the range sometimes.
     
  18. Hugger-4641

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    I does move with recoil of the next shot if you don't tap it or over travel and click back as I mentioned . As long as you know this and don't mind wasting a round, no problem either way. If you don't know this and you're trying to adjust after every round, you're gonna have a long day. :cool:
     
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    So is that just a screw that locks the erector assembly against the turrets?
     
  20. Hugger-4641

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    You are correct, as I mentioned. If you make adjustments to left or down, the erector usually moves properly. Its when moving up or right that they would sometimes not move until the next round, or tapping, or over adjusting and then going back left or down.:cool:
     
  21. The Glockodile

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    How exactly are the turrets "tapped?"

    New to this.
     
  22. jmorris

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    Yeah, many think the real “fix” was just an O-ring inside and the screw (machine work) justified the cost.
     
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  23. jmorris

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    I do think it’s a good idea to know if a scope “settles” after adjustment and changes POI from POA.

    A good rest can show you if follow ups go actually follow one another or make another hole all together.

     
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    The age old method was to take your pocket knife or something similar and tap on the turret caps or right on top of the dial. The vibration would make the erector settle in to the proper position. This is not needed with most newer scopes, especially those with dual erector springs.
     
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  25. ColtPythonElite

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    My point was if it moved the way you want with tapping, recoil or bumping, what keeps it from moving back to the original position with further tapping, recoil or bumping?
     
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