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Is It The Scope, the Rifle or Me?

Tools to Easily Level Your Scope

April 27, 2011
By Bill Waugaman

When you look through your scope, are the crosshairs horizontal and vertical? Is it the same when someone else looks through your scope? When properly mounted, the crosshairs of a scope should align with the horizontal and vertical axis of the rifle. While the crosshairs may look perfectly horizontal and vertical, the rifle may actually be held at an angle. If you want your rifle and scope to align properly, there are two quality products readily available that can do this. One is the Deadeye PPS003 Precision Scope Leveler from PPA Mfg. Co., Conway, AR; the other is the Level-Level-Level from Wheeler Engineering, a subsidiary of Battenfeld Technologies.

--- Deadeye Precision Scope Leveler

The Deadeye Precision Scope Leveler utilizes two bubble levels. The 4" rifle bar level is affixed to a scope mount with a rubber band that wraps around the stock. The other level is mounted on top of a 14" tall rod that is placed a short distance away where the scope can be focused. Start by leveling the rifle and firmly securing it; now point it toward the rod which has been leveled. Rotate the scope until the vertical crosshair is aligned with the rod. Tighten down the scope. It's that simple.

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For rifles with a large girth stock, an optional 6" scope mount level is available. PPA also makes a tactical version of the Deadeye with a 7" tall rod. Depending on the mounts and rings set up, the rings may have to be slid forward or backward to allow the level to be put on the mount. The Deadeye is best suited for outdoors. This is the greatest benefit since the vertical rod make vertical (and horizontal) crosshair alignment very precise.

--- Wheeler Engineering Level-Level-Level

Both bubble levels for the Level-Level-Level system are built into magnetic bases. The level for the rifle attaches to the receiver rails. The scope level attaches on top of the vertical adjustment turret of the scope (the turret cover is removed). With both bubble levels in place, the rifle is positioned and secured so the bubble in the level attached to the receiver rails shows the rifle being level. Then the scope is rotated so that the bubble in the scope mount level shows the scope to be level. Tighten down the scope and you're done.

The bubble level for the rifle requires a flat surface which aligns with the bore's horizontal axis, such as the rails in a bolt action. It also has to have enough clearance. The instructions do give some guidance on use with other types of actions. Also, the scope bubble level may not work if your scope has rounded adjusters under the turret cap.

The small size of the Level-Level-Level system is the best feature; it takes up very little space and can be used anywhere.

RESULTS: I tested both leveling systems on my old Remington 700 with a 3-9x40 Nikon ProStaff BDC. Both showed the scope was canted slightly clockwise (see images).

Both the Deadeye Precision Scope Leveler and Wheeler Engineering Level-Level-Level systems have another feature in common...they are both very reasonably priced. The standard Precision Scope Leveler retails for $36.95. The Level-Level-Level system retails for $24.99.



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