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I'm going to be remounting my zeiss conquest 3-9x50 on my browning abolt tomorrow and had a question concerning my rings/bases.  I have the leupold two piece bases and rings that I will be using. I have windage screws on the gun now,  and am totally unsure as to what they do, how to remount them, and how to use them. Could anyone shed some light on this for me. Thanks again

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   Those were developed back when scopes had limited adjustments if I remember correctly. When I used mine(replaced because of the weight)I would center the crosshairs in the scope,then using a boresighter,would adjust those windage screws until the vertical crosshair in the scope and the one in the boresighter were aligned and snug up the 2 windage screws. I would then carefully remove one windage screw and apply red Loctite to it,put it back on just snugging it up,and let it set-up over night. Next day I would TIGHTEN the non-Loctited windage screw. If I remember correctly Leupold recommends 60in/lbs but I just used a large screwdriver tightening it as hard as I could.
  I used a set of those on a light weight .300 magnum with a fairly heavy scope (15oz)and never had a problem in over 20yrs. 
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in a windage set up like this --- the main dovetail provides most of the supporting strength while the windage screws only ad adjustment. as 300 said they have/and do work great unless your going to commit unatural acts. because of the small clamping surface, however, I like to place the ring with top removed  in the windage base and snug it down first, this makes the half moon clamping area seat to the base. The put the scope on and make adjustments.

Edited by Dale Clifford - April/28/2009 at 16:38
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  GLAD you brought that up Dale! SORRY to have left this out hkv0501.  First I use a 1" bar of aluminum stock to get the rings mounted,aligned,and snugged up before mounting the scope. 
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If we are talking of the same two piece ring and base set, I do the following:
Center the windage and elevation dials on the scope. (If they have a total of 80 clicks, then I would set them at 40 clicks from maxed out).
Mount the bases.
Fit the rings to the scope, but not tighten the screws.
Place the scope with rings attached into the bases, more or less centering the windage screws of the bases.
Adjust the scope for optimum eye relief. (Moving the scope rearwards or forwards in the rings.
Make sure the reticule is not canted by rotating the scope in the rings.
Snug the ring screws down reasonably tight.
Check that the rings still fit correctly in the bases. If one end tends to lift out of the base as the rings are tightened, then the receiver is out of alignment. In this case shims may be required or smith work.
Then take out the bolt, aim through the barrel and set the rifle up so that the barrel points at a small object about 20yds away.
Without moving the rifle, use the windage srews to adjust the scope so that the vertical line is over the small object. Tighten all the screws, making sure you maintain the scope and ring positions. This would require a little tightning on one screw, cross over to the other and so on.
Then adjust the elevation by using the scope dial to bring the crosshair onto the same small object as seen through the barrel.
This will put you on the paper at 20 yds, with your reticule dials still zeroed and giving you maximum adjustments and no strain on the internal springs etc.


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