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Catalyst81
04-18-2012, 8:17 PM
Alright, so I recently put my first rifle in jail - Ruger 10/22 and I have a Nikon 3-9x40 scope on the way. I need some advice on how to properly mount and sight the scope. I did a lot of searching through threads, but I still need some help. Looks like I'll need to buy rings to mount it but I have no idea what type and where to get them at a good price, or the proper way to mount the scope. :confused:

walletclan
04-18-2012, 9:17 PM
I am going to create a new thread about this in a minute.

Excaliburr
04-18-2012, 9:22 PM
If you are just looking to mount a scope, my takedown came with a weaver rail and that is quite acceptable of a mount and the hardware is provided. I usually use a little blue lock tite on the screws. Then all you need is some weaver rings, like the quad lock from wal-mart or perhaps the gun shop you bought the gun has something to offer. Seems like you will need the medium height rings with that scope, but some people like to try them on the gun to find what fits them the best. Eye releif is a personal preference, but generally set the power to the middle of the range or so and adjust it to what feels good to you. Also make sure you get the reticle as square as possible. Tighten it down evenly and I use a little blue lock tite on those screws too. Then you really need to bore sight it IMO, but you can make a trip to the range and use a lot of ammo and targets to get yourself sighted in. In that case, start shooting real close, like 10 yards if need be and get the gun to shoot a bulls eye. Then move target back to 25 yards and repeat. Then you may want to move it back to say 75 yards and get it to shoot maybe an inch high at 75 yards. That is what I do, doesn't make it right. I figure that I have an effective range of 50 to 100 yards that way and need to make adjustments for further shots. If you are a better shooter than me, perhaps sight it in for 100 yards. I am non sure you are really going to get a concensus on the proper way to mount a scope, because we all have our ways. Just remember to keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction and if you do bore sight the gun, make sure you remove the tool before firing! Another idea is to have the gun shop do it for you. They may charge?? Mine wouldn't because I buy lots of guns from them and have a relationship. I would rather bore sight it myself and I have the laser tool. If your gun was a bolt action, I have had good success removing the bolt and eyeing the sight at the range, but that is for another day. Great purchase and after all is said and done, you will probably want to adjust the trigger pull and install the auto bolt. You'll see what I mean. Taking the trigger pull down to 4-5 pounds will improve accuracy.

walletclan
04-18-2012, 9:53 PM
Here is my experience--

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?p=8431097#post8431097

sholling
04-18-2012, 10:22 PM
Alright, so I recently put my first rifle in jail - Ruger 10/22 and I have a Nikon 3-9x40 scope on the way. I need some advice on how to properly mount and sight the scope. I did a lot of searching through threads, but I still need some help. Looks like I'll need to buy rings to mount it but I have no idea what type and where to get them at a good price, or the proper way to mount the scope. :confused:
The Weaver rail that comes with a 10/22 is plenty good. Just be sure not to strip the threaded holes in the receiver and use some blue (removable) Loctite after first cleaning the holes with a pipe cleaner dipped in alcohol. Do not use Loctite on the rings.

That scope is pretty big so you're going to need going to need at least medium, possibly high rings to clear the barrel and sights. The way you size scope rings is to find the outside diameter of the objective, in this case 50.3mm or 2". Subtract the diameter of the barrel of the scope from the objective, in this case 1", and then divide by 2. In this case it works out to: (2-1)/2 = .500" which would be a high ring but you can subtract about 3/16" (roughly) for the thickness of the scope rail. If I were you I'd pick up a set of Leupold medium rimfire rings at Walmart (~$20) and keep the receipt and try them and if they're too low to clear the sights you can always return them for highs. You want the lowest rings that will work.

This first video is pretty good and you can pick up a good enough level at Harbor Freight for $2. You can always substitute sandbags for the gun-vice - at least for leveling.

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You can either use a bore sight to get you close to zero, or take it to the range and start sighting it in at about 10yrds and then work your way out to 50yards. This is one of a couple of methods for zeroing a rifle. There is a better method but it requires sandbags or a sled to do right. This one works just fine.

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Catalyst81
04-19-2012, 12:40 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions. Any idea if the store I bought the gun from (Turners) would allow me to mount the scope at the store while its still in jail, so long as I leave the rifle there?

roushstage2
04-19-2012, 1:19 AM
Just wait so you can do it better at home. :)

sholling
04-19-2012, 8:35 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions. Any idea if the store I bought the gun from (Turners) would allow me to mount the scope at the store while its still in jail, so long as I leave the rifle there?
Wait until you get it home.

facn650
04-19-2012, 10:21 AM
I have the same scope on my 10/22 and used the rail that came with the rifle and these rings http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001WJ67S2/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i01

If I did it again though, I would remove the rear sight and use low rings instead.

ETAviator
04-24-2012, 2:30 PM
Posting in this thread as it does seem appropriate and I don't necessarily need to make a new thread. Picking up the 10/22 TD soon and am considering the following scopes:

Konus KonusPro Riflescope 4X32 Riflescope
http://www.opticsplanet.net/konus-konuspro-riflescope-4x32-7262.html

Leapers UTG 4X32 Compact CQB Scope w/ Quick Detach Rings
http://www.opticsplanet.net/leapers-utg-4x32-compact-cqb-scope-w-quick-detach-rings.html

Leapers 5th Gen 6x32 Mini Size Rubber Armored Range Estimating Mil-Dot Red/Green Illuminated Scope
http://www.opticsplanet.net/leapers-5th-gen-6x32-mini-size-rubber-armored-range-estimating-mil-dot-red-green-illu.html

Any input is appreciated. This is all new to me, my military experience and post mil AR all used iron sights and no mounting was needed.

sholling
04-24-2012, 5:27 PM
Posting in this thread as it does seem appropriate and I don't necessarily need to make a new thread. Picking up the 10/22 TD soon and am considering the following scopes:

Konus KonusPro Riflescope 4X32 Riflescope
http://www.opticsplanet.net/konus-konuspro-riflescope-4x32-7262.html

Leapers UTG 4X32 Compact CQB Scope w/ Quick Detach Rings
http://www.opticsplanet.net/leapers-utg-4x32-compact-cqb-scope-w-quick-detach-rings.html

Leapers 5th Gen 6x32 Mini Size Rubber Armored Range Estimating Mil-Dot Red/Green Illuminated Scope
http://www.opticsplanet.net/leapers-5th-gen-6x32-mini-size-rubber-armored-range-estimating-mil-dot-red-green-illu.html

Any input is appreciated. This is all new to me, my military experience and post mil AR all used iron sights and no mounting was needed.
Do yourself a huge favor and forget the cheap POS scopes and get yourself Weaver 4x28 Classic Rimfire (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&sku=374665&is=REG&A=details&Q=). It's much smarter to buy a scope with excellent optics that won't fail when you need it and lasts you a lifetime than it is to keep buying cheap scopes and replacing them as they break.

ETAviator
04-25-2012, 12:41 AM
Do yourself a huge favor and forget the cheap POS scopes and get yourself Weaver 4x28 Classic Rimfire (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&sku=374665&is=REG&A=details&Q=). It's much smarter to buy a scope with excellent optics that won't fail when you need it and lasts you a lifetime than it is to keep buying cheap scopes and replacing them as they break.

Any idea if this scope, mounted, will fit in the supplied bag?

sholling
04-25-2012, 9:38 AM
Any idea if this scope, mounted, will fit in the supplied bag?
I don't have a TD to test but Weaver's 4x28 Classic Rimfire is only 10.25" long which is 1.25" shorter than the 11.5" long 4x32 ProStaff that walletclan mounted on his TD. The objective (front) bell's outside diameter is also smaller at 35.5mm vs 42.3mm which along with the shorter length and shorter eye relief means that it has a better chance of clearing the front sight. I use walletclan as an example because he managed to get the ProStaff to fit his case (link (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?p=8431097#post8431097)). Weaver's slightly more expensive 2.5-7x28 is the same length as the 4x32 ProStaff.

The important thing is quality because there is nothing more useless than a broken scope, especially when it's blocking the iron sights or you were forced to remove iron sights to make it fit and dinner is hopping away. ;)

FWIW Leupold's wonderful VX-1 2-7x28 Rimfire is even smaller and lighter than the Weaver 4x28 but it's almost twice the money.