Mounting Your New Rifle Scope

Mounting Your New Rifle Scope

Congratulations on your new Scorpion Optic. In this brief tutorial I will explain what you will need and how to properly mount your optic for success. Knowing your scope is mounted properly is the beginning to confident accuracy and the difference between a hit or miss…

*Did you know most complaints that a scope does not track, or group properly is due to improper mounting technique*

That’s right… majority of optics iv had to trouble shot came down to improper mounting. Either bad practice or not having the right tools to do that job. At the end of this you will have all the knowledge needed to mount your scope and others.

Here is a list of tools that will make this a breeze.

*** Ill add an amazon link to each one for you***

  1. Torque wrench. What ever it takes. Get a torque wrench. I personally like the WHEELER manual torque wrench. You can’t over tighten using this. https://a.co/d/eopxHnF
  2. Leveling kit. This is a must. I use the Wheeler Professional Reticle Leveling System. https://a.co/d/bEem11P
  3. Gun Vice or Stabilizer. A gun vice, or a way to stabilize your firearm to hold level. I use the TIPTON Gun Vise. https://a.co/d/3ePcnEg
  4. Med “blue” Lock tight. You’ll need this for your base screws only. https://a.co/d/4JKnSPw
  5. Electric screwdriver. This is self explanatory. Purchase this gem from our website.

Electric Screw Driver – Scorpion Outdoors

Picatinny and Scope Rings.

The most popular way to mount a scope with the most versatility is with a Picatinny rail. To many times a scope issue regarding eye box was due to insufficient adjustments.

Along with out CNC Machined Rings you can rest assured your scope will be held with the best.

Stabilize your Rifle.

Place your rifle in your in a vice, barrel clamp, lead sled or what ever you have that can hold your rifle steady. Also having the rifle parallel to the ground is ideal.

Mount your base.

With a new rifles remove the plugs. In some cases, its easier to screw these down. I like to place a rolled-up paper towel to catch them. Us a small standard tip to not hit the threads.

Clean the surface of the action and rail. Using small amount of lock tight on the threads install the screws with your torque wrench. Each manufacture has their own specific torque rating. An easy way to find this information is to google “rail torque spec” for a specific model.

Level your rings and rifle scope

Using your Wheeler Professional Reticle Leveling System place the bubble on your rail and secure the other on the barrel. Level your rifle and then adjust the barrel level to match.

Place your rings on the rail. Finger tight. Majority of times I like to have the rear ring at the back most place and the front ring 2nd from the front.

Place your scope with an even amount of space front to back. Place the top half of the rings on top and with your electric screwdriver snug down the ring screws. I find this automatically lines up the rings with the scope body without having to use a lapping kit.

***At this point torque the side screws to 30 in-lbs. ***

With your Scope at max magnification remove your rifle and get into a comfortable shooting position and test your “eye box”. The space between your eye and ocular lens. If you have a large black ring around the objective the scope is to close. If there is a lot of blurriness around the edges the scope is to far away. Loosen your rings and adjust.

Once you have finished with the eye box place your rifle back into your vice and level using the barrel level reference.

Remove your elevation turret to expose the internal turret. This part of the scope is 100% level with the cross hairs.

Place the bubble level on top of the turret. Loosen the ring screws and rotate the scope to level.

Using the Wheeler Fat Wrench snug up the ring screws so the space between the bottom and top halves are the same 1/16” space give or take. Paying close attention to the bubble level.

In a cross pattern “like your car wheel” tighten each screw 1/2 turn at a time. I say pay close attention to the bubble level because as you tighten the ring screws the scope may turn due to the ring tightening.

***Tighten the ring screws to 20 in-lbs. ***

Double and triple check your index level and your reference level on your scope.  If they don’t match up, you’ll need to unscrew your ring screws and adjust.

When done correctly your scope will perform as intended.

Example. With our Target Master Wildcat Line-Tac or LRT Reticles if you were to hold up using the reticle and your scope was not level, the further down the main stadia line the further off the center of bore you become. And that will cause you to miss.

Important Notes

  1. Make sure the reference level is perpendicular to the barrel.
  2. DO NOT over-tighten your ring screws. This can cause problems with your scope performance. Use your manufacturers recommended inch/pound torque specs.
  3. Do not use Loctite of any kind on your ring screws. Using Loctite makes the screw threads “wet”, which can cause over-tightening even with a torque wrench. For example, if you have your wrench set to 18 in/lbs, with wet threads you may be torquing your screws at a much higher pressure. You can use Loctite on any other screws if you want, but not for ring screws.



When you buy Scorpion products you’re not just buying a riflescopes or a rangefinder, you’re buying a tool…

A tool you know that you can depend on to get the job done.

That’s why we here, at Scorpion Optics, are proud to stand behind our products to provide you with the best possible service because you work hard and we believe your optics should too.

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