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Scope will not adjust far enough to the right, and it is centered on the barrel

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SOURCE: rifle scope is hitting 5 feet high but dead center

mounts are probably too high.....had the same prob on a .22 rifle with high mounts for open site shooting also. i bought a lower mount and zeroed it in with no prob

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point the telescope at some thing during the day and adjust the finder scope and at night point at a star look through the eye piece and center the object in the eye piece then adjust the finder scope.

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Leupold 3x9x40 vari-xIIc on BAR30-06. Adjusted windage as far to the right as possible and I'm still 6-8 inches off center. 12 year old scope been dead on till the middle of this season.

from my experience owning a bar they tend to lose accuracy badly after a lot of rounds are put through them especially if they are shot rapid fire style allot ( the barrel gets very hot and i am also not impressed with how the barrel is attached to the receiver) i shot mine until it just would not shoot accurately at all. (i sold it). its possible that your scope or mounts are loose defective or there may be a screw that may be broken under the mounts that you cant see.

Mar 06, 2012 | Leupold ® Rifleman® 3-9x50 mm Scope

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How do you make adjustments, towards the shot or towards center of the target?

You move the cross hairs to the shot. Set up your gun on a bench and start by firing at a target out at about 15 yards. Once you are "on paper" set your cross hairs on the center and fire a 3 shot group Adjust the scope to the group. if the group is down 3 inch and left 4 inch. Adjust your scope accordingly. Then Fire another 3 shot group, until you are shooting center. Every time you adjust your scope tap the barrel of the scope with a screwdriver handle to keep the cross hairs from sticking. Once on at 15 yards move out to your max range and adjust to that.

Mar 19, 2011 | Brunton 2x20mm NRA Sports Optics Rifle...

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Scope will not bore site. when cranking scope left it goes right, when cranking scope down it goes up. when goes other directions it runs out of adjustment before reaching barrel sight line by 2" in...

The sighting sounds about right to me meaning to you need to adjust the cross hairs i the opposite direction to where your point of aim is. If your sight is off 1/4 inch to the left you need to bring the barrel to the right to compensate and that's what the bore scope/site is doing. Think opposite and you'll have that tuned in a few seconds. I don't doubt that you have the correct mounting hardware BUT, it's from center bore to center scope what 2 inches so at 25'? Depending on what caliber I'd say at 25' you need to hold 2 inches high for center target. I'll just guess that you might not be able to get a zero until say about 25 yards with a 22 short. A larger bore/caliber will extend this out to possibly 100 yards.
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Hope this was a help have fun and be safe

Dec 30, 2010 | Tasco Optics

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I have about a 1989 model Leupold 3x9 Var X and lost the users manual- it is shooting about 2-3 inches to the right at 60 yards- Can you tell me which way (lft or right?) and how much- I assume I should...

You have a number or a fraction on the inside of the windage cap, or you should, it will say something like 1/4 or 1/2? That will tell you how many fractions your scope moves with each click, at 100 yards. Anyway, there is also a left and right direction on the scope, you want your scope to go in the direction of your bullet miss, this will pull the barrel over to the center, again, it is supposed to. If you have run out of clicks, you will need to shim your scope. So, on the 1/4 inch at 100 yards, you will want to move the dial, 8 to 12 clicks to the right. Shoot it again, if it went the wrong way, you know what to do. If it didn't move at all, try this.... If it is a bolt action rifle, pull the bolt out, mount the rifle in a cardboard box with v grooves cut in it so it will cradle and not move, or a vise, sight down the barrel at a target at 100 yards, then peek down the scope, it should be right on the target, if not move the cross hairs till it aligns, check the barrel again, make sure it didn't move, then peek through the scope again, if it is the same, it will be on paper at 100 yards, if it is not a bolt action, the only other rifle you can d it with is an AR type rifle. This is a military trick, not something I dreamed up, it works. Check it out.

Nov 11, 2010 | Leupold ® Rifleman® 3-9x50 mm Scope

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Cant adjust windage to the left eneough

There are several potential problems that could be causing this. The most likely are:

misaligned rings
misaligned ring bases
misaligned ring base screw holes
Bent scope

other potential issues
bad scope
bent barrel
poor action bedding (putting enough pressure on the barrel that it throws the bullet to the right, unlikely)

The first 4 are most likely and can be checked by using a different scope. If you have the same issue with the new scope, then look to the rings and mounts as your probable issue.

Sep 04, 2010 | Leupold 66405 Vx3 Rifle Scope 4514x40mm Lr...

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you have a gun mount problem its not a scope problem ,,,the scope mount is not a good fit to the gun and is off set to the barrel,,,
set the scope to center of its ajustment and then "pack out the scope with a bit of old 35mm film till you get it close to were you need it to hit then do the last bit of ajustment on the turrets,,this works for lift and windage

Jul 06, 2010 | Barska Optics BARSKA 1040X50 AO Varmint...

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How to readjust a weaver mount?

Make sure the nuts are on the same side of the rifle (both on the right OR left). The clamping mechanism can vary the centering of the scope if they are on opposite sides of the mount.

The other problem may be poorly drilled mounting holes on the receiver or scope mount, check these for alignment with your bore or barrel.


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I bought a used scope with no manual. On the front of the scope it turns like the back but it has ranges on it do I need to know what range I am shooting for the rifle to be accurite

Take the bolt out of the rifle so you can sight down the barrel to the target. Get the target bullseye in the center of the barrel. Now look through the scope to see where it is. Adjust the windage and elevation screws to get the cross hairs on the bullseye. Look through the barrel several times to make sure the gun did not move off the target during the adjustments. A concrete bench with sandbags is best to use for this.

Dec 05, 2009 | Burris Fullfield II Riflescope

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You may try to bore sight it first. Pull the bolt and setting the gun on a good rest sight thru the barrel at a dot on the wall within ten feet. Then adjust the scope to that dot. As you adjust the scope tap the bore of the scope with a screw driver handle, tap it after each adjustment not hard, but enough to give it a sharp jolt. Once you are close here, move out to the range and shoot at 15 yards. Using a rest, again tap the scope after each adjustment. Then move out to 50 yards and you will want to be shooting high 1.5 to 2 inches here. Shoot slow keep the barrel cool and try for 2 shot groups till you have got the scope dialed in. Then move out to 100 yards for your preference of zero. Remember use the same ammo you will hunt with or at least the same bullet weight. If you can't get her to get on paper you can try to loosen the scope in the rings, one at the time once the gun is a little warm. Loosen the barrel ring first then snug it back down and then the receiver ring. If your group moved now, she was in a bind due to a cold gun at set up / installation.

Dec 01, 2009 | Optics

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Can't zero scope

lifetime warranty on that scope...i say take it back, get another and try again. if you are doing everything right, then i would say it is a internal problem with the scope. nikon's are a really good scope, but rule everything out.


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