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Old 12-07-2017, 4:48 PM
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Default Mounting a red dot...Need to level on gun

Yes?.. No?
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Old 12-07-2017, 4:50 PM
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Not sure what you mean??
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Old 12-07-2017, 4:54 PM
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What red dot are we talking about?
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Old 12-07-2017, 5:02 PM
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Yes. Because you still have to adjust the up/down and left/right. If it's not level, then you'll be moving diagonal instead of straight.

Eye ball level should be all you need though.
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Single mount, attached to red dot? No level needed. And you can run dots canted or anyway you want as long as it hit where you need it to
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Don't worry about it too much. Once you sight it in, you do not need to mess with adjustments, so canted sight body does not make much difference.

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As another mentioned, Mk 1 "eyeball" is sufficient.
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Old 12-08-2017, 9:09 AM
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Not sure what you mean??
I meant.. that with most magnified scopes with a reticle you need to make sure that the cross hairs are "In plane" with your weapon..

I was just wondering if that applied to red dots.. I know that fore and aft is set by the mount on the rails.. I was wondering about left and right horizontal..

My install instructions didnt mention it and I jdidnt find anything onthe web that said i did need to.. but just thought Id ask...

BTW the scope is a Vortex StrikeFire II

Thanks all this forum is a gold mine of information
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Old 12-08-2017, 9:16 AM
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I meant.. that with most magnified scopes with a reticle you need to make sure that the cross hairs are "In plane" with your weapon..

I was just wondering if that applied to red dots.. I know that fore and aft is set by the mount on the rails.. I was wondering about left and right horizontal..

My install instructions didnt mention it and I jdidnt find anything onthe web that said i did need to.. but just thought Id ask...

BTW the scope is a Vortex StrikeFire II

Thanks all this forum is a gold mine of information

Just slap it on, most are almost a perfect cowitness out of the box.
Secure your mount then go sight it in at the local range. Your adjustments you will find will be minimal.
Good choice on the Strikefire II , solid RDS
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I've used a small bubble level but now use an iPhone app bubble level that gives you degress to the +-.001. Look around there are a lot of them. Measure the surface you are using first at angle you are laying the barrel, upper, etc... (your counter or table might not be 0 degrees)... measure a few places on the receiver or rail, whatever - use your noggin. Watch out for protrusions like the phone's camera and overhang these off a counter edge. Match the angle of the counter best you can when you mount the base and also check as you tighten the ring(s) and after.

I like the apps. Better than eyeballing IMHO.

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It will make zeroing a hell of a lot easier if you do.
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