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Old June 12th, 2018, 04:49 PM #31
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500 budget? I'm favorable to Leupold, NICE optics IMO.
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Vortex match rings are really nice.
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Ok. Ordered an AD Recon 20 moa mount and an Atlas bipod. I think that should finish this project. Just need to put it all together. Any other recommended accessories?
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Bubble level? Are you familiar with scope leveling? I'd recommend using a plumb line to get your reticle leveled then level your bubble level to your scope. Having a level reticle and keeping your rifle level while shooting will help with longer range shots. It's not as important to keep your scope level to your rifle as it is to keep your scope level to your bubble.

I use this, https://www.amazon.com/Wheeler-Profe...70_&dpSrc=srch

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Yep. I have a scope leveling kit. Just need patience for all the parts to get here.
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Poor man's scope leveling trick...take a feeler gauge (or a deck of cards will do if you don't have a feeler gauge) and place it between the scope base (assuming you have a quality one piece base) and the bottom of your scope turrets (assuming that is flat, it usually is for scopes with adjustable turrets). You want the gauge to be snug, but not so tight that you can't remove it after snugging down your scope rings.

It might not be as precise as the scope leveling kit / bubbles, but every time I've used this method and checked it against a plumb line it's been good.

Worst case, it's a fast and easy, field expedient, "works in a pinch" method if you don't have a fancy leveling kit handy. Best case, it'll save you money.
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Ok. Ordered an AD Recon 20 moa mount and an Atlas bipod. I think that should finish this project. Just need to put it all together. Any other recommended accessories?
Nice bipod

Maybe a rear shooter's bag. I like the Tab rear bag, but to be honest you can make your own very easily with an old sock and some rice (or sand, or better yet silicon bean bag filler). Find an old OD green sock if you want to be "tactical."

Lastly, look to get into reloading if you want to make better than match grade ammo at bulk ammo prices.
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Wow, seems you have picked out some nice stuff. Not sure I would call any of it entry level but then again I guess that's relative. Report back and let us know how she shoots.
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Seemed like the most common piece of advice was buy the best that I could from the start. This is going to be my first foray into >500 yard shooting. Now just need to get everything, put it together, and get some range time.
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Poor man's scope leveling trick...take a feeler gauge (or a deck of cards will do if you don't have a feeler gauge) and place it between the scope base (assuming you have a quality one piece base) and the bottom of your scope turrets (assuming that is flat, it usually is for scopes with adjustable turrets). You want the gauge to be snug, but not so tight that you can't remove it after snugging down your scope rings.

It might not be as precise as the scope leveling kit / bubbles, but every time I've used this method and checked it against a plumb line it's been good.

Worst case, it's a fast and easy, field expedient, "works in a pinch" method if you don't have a fancy leveling kit handy. Best case, it'll save you money.
Except the scope does not need to be leveled to the rifle.

The scope needs to be leveled to the world, when you are shooting it (normal hold).
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