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I currently have a Badger Ordnance 1 piece, Max-50 rings and a SS10x42 that I plan on installing onto my 700PSS.  I also have the pre-set torque screwdrivers to check the torque.

 

Question is:  Should I have a gunsmith do the initial install or does the fact that it's a 1 piece picatinny rail take all of the variables out of the equation and make for a perfect DIY install? Just for clarification, I do not have a boresighting tool so I would have to have a gunsmith do it for me. 

 

For those who paid for the install, how much is it typically with a boresight?

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Do it yourself. It's more rewarding, and once you set one rifle up, you wont need to have somebody do it for you in the future.

If you have any questions, I'm sure the folks here will help you.

 

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You don't really have to boresight it. When you sight it in just find a bigger target. May take a few more shots to get to zero though. We charge $25 for a mount and boresight for our walk in customers here.
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I have a dummy scope that a gunsmith made up for me that I install first just to make sure of the alignment and that the rings are true.  He used a 14" long length of machine gun barrel and trued it to 30mm.  It immediately lets me know if anything is out of line.  I would hate to bend or even dimple an alloy tube.  Admittedly, with decent bases and rings this is rarely an issue, however.
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I like mounting my scopes myself. Like cheaptrick said doing it yourself is more rewarding. It is also nice to know all the intricacies of mounting and boresighting, so if you have any problems in the future you will know what to look for. I have all the mounting essentials (gunsmith screwdriver kit, Torx driver, lapping and alignment kit, levels, Leupold ring wrench and a laser boresighter). You could also use a 1" or 30mm steel tube or wood dowel for installing dovetail rings. Of course the weaver style setups are the easiest to mount because there are no windage screws or dovetails to turn in. 
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