How to Mount a Long Range Scope

Long range scopes are very essential for taking long shots. While they don’t come cheap, getting a good one could prove to be worth your money. After getting the best long range scope, the next step is using it.

Before this, you have to mount it. Mounting a long range scope is very technical and should be done with care. You want to mount your scope in a way that would not spoil it and would not give you difficulty while shooting.

Also, there is a need to take into consideration the factors that come with long range shooting. Well, we have created a guide on how you can successfully mount your long range scope without facing any obstacles. A good piece of advice would be to follow them closely to prevent avoidable mistakes.

Required Mounting Tools 

Before you begin the mounting process, there are some tools required to run the process. Ensure that you have them close to you before you start the mounting process. For now, here’s a list of the tools required to mount your long range scope.

  • Scope Mount/Ring

The scope rings are very essential to keep the scope in place. There are different rings to choose from but the thing you should focus on is the material. Aluminum rings are the most popular because they thrive in all-weather without getting rusty. However, steel rings are well needed for heavy shooting actions. They actually cost more plus the additional cost of getting an anti-rust application.

  • Torque Wrench

Torque wrenches are very vital in mounting long range scopes. They cannot and should not be substituted for another screw. The last thing you want to do is to screw the rings on too right. Using a Torque wrench gives you a click when the screw is tightened just right. Do not overlook this tool.

  • Sure Thread 

A sure thread is needed to secure the bolt and rings in place.

  • Modular Level System

A modular level system is essential for aligning the scope and the gun. 

Other tools include:

  • Screwdriver and bits
  • Pin Set and Lapping Bar
  • Outers Crud Cutter
  • Gunsmith Center

Steps to Mounting a Long Range Scope

Mounting your long range scope takes precision and attention on your part. You would not want to damage your reticule or affect its accuracy in the process. You need to take your time and be very careful to do it right. We have divided the mounting process into three steps. Here’s how to perfectly mount your long range scope:

  1. Preparing the Gun

Before mounting your scope, you have to be sure that the firearm is in good condition for the mount. There are three ways to properly set your gun for the mount.

  • Inspect your Firearm 

When working with firearms, safety comes first. Open the barrel and ensure that there are no bullets left inside. This would prevent any accidental shots while mounting the scope.

  • Prep Holes and Remove Filler Screws

After inspecting the gun, remove the filler screws. Place them in a very obvious and safe place so they don’t get lost. This would make them more accessible when you are mounting the scope.

  • Read Instructions

Before you get started, ensure that you have read through the full mounting instructions. Read it more than once and create a pictorial idea in you on how it should go and which process comes before the other. Have all the required tools around you before you start the mount. There are also instructions that come with the scope. Take time to understand the layout of the scope you’re mounting. This is because long range scopes are different hence, the mounting technique would be different. 

  • Mounting the Scope

After you have prepared the gun, read all instructions, and have the right tools with you, it is now time to start the scope installation. Where do you start?

  • Base Installation 

The base installation is the first thing you need to take care of. Place the base properly and screw it in. Ensure that it is tightly held and does not interfere with your actions while shooting.

  • Ring Selection

While installing the ring, ensure that it is of accurate height. This would avoid straining your neck while using it.

  • Positioning the Scope

At this point, your scope is ready to mount the firearm. Place the scope through the  saddles of the installed rings. Place the caps over and screw it in. Tighten the screws just enough to not damage your scope. Also, leave some allowance while screwing it to be able to adjust the scope freely.

  • Aligning the Reticle

This is one step that should not be ignored. Reticle alignment ensures good scope accuracy. How can you align the scope reticle?

  • Using a modular level system, place the scope such that the gun and scope are parallel and aligned with each other.
  • Ensure that both bubbles are at the center.
  • Finally, use the torque wrench to tighten the screws on the rings. Secure it with a sure thread. 

After your scope is completely mounted, you are ready to use it. If you experience any problems after mounting it, trace back your steps. Re-read the instructions to know what you left out. There is no problem with dissembling the while setup and starting again right. Like we said, it takes time to perfectly mount a long range scope.

Common Mistakes in Mounting a Long Range Scope

While mounting a long range scope, there are some mistakes that could happen. These may be due to an oversight or not doing it the right way. To properly mount a long range scope, here are some common mistakes to avoid.

  1. Using the Wrong Tools

Most people never realise this but using the wrong tools to mount a scope could speed up its wearing out process. While your long range scope did not come cheap, you have to make conscious effort to enable it durability. Using tools like a wrench can tighten the scope past its pressure limit and affect the accuracy of your scope over time. 

  • Forgetting to Align the Reticule After Mounting

What you want most from your long range scope is accuracy. If after mounting the scope you do not align the reticle, your shooting accuracy would be greatly affected. Aligning your reticle is more important especially for long range scopes. If you want to hit your target, don’t forget this step. 

There are other mistakes to avoid but these two greatly affect the accuracy amd nobody wants that. Ensure that you’re not missing any step while mounting. This is the best way to stay away from silly mistakes.


Mounting a long range scope is very easy but requires following the instructions. We have provided everything you need to know about mounting your long range scope. Remember that you have to use the right tools to prevent any mishaps while installing. Read the instructions over and over again before you start mounting.

Don’t forget to check out the common mistakes section where we highlighted certain mistakes you may make while mounting the scope. This would make you more conscious of them and avoid them. Once you perfectly mount your long range scope, there’s no doubt that you would have the best time.