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I plan on mounting my own scope.  Wondering if I need a mounting kit like the Wheeler or just a torque wrench and level.  Do I really need the lapping kit?
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Depends. If you've got a really pricey scope, you might want to spend some money on good rings and take care not to damage it by tightening the rings too tight or having something mis-aligned and crunching it because of that. 
I've mounted a lot of them before I had any of that stuff but they were mostly $100 scopes.
If it's a one-piece base and quality stuff, (not chinese) with good rings like Warne, Leo, Burris, you can probably get by without it. Just be careful tightening stuff so as not to strip threads.
I added to my collection of stuff and have the wheeler lapping / alignment kit, levels etc. Just recently added the torque wrench from Brownells so I feel a lot better about what I'm doing.
Spend the money on a decent set of screw drivers for guns screws tho. That helps as much as anything. The gun screw drivers are ground to fit the slot better so you don't screw up as many slots, etc. When I saw money tho, I used the B-Square kit for the longest time. Pretty good quality for the money.
That is just my humble opinion. Good luck.  
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Ring lapping is a pretty debated thing.  I do it only if my rings are very slightly out of alignment, and I mean very slighty just to square things up. Lap to much and you can ruin your rings.  But you need a tool to see that like the wheeler tool or the Kokopelli accurizing kit.  In most cases I believe you will find it is the receiver that is causing the misalignment not the rings.  Most good quality rings will probably offer better alignment tha most rifle receivers.  If your receiver is out of alignment then you probably need to shim or bed your base so things are square. 

I don't think most people even bother with this or even realize this.  But in my opinion, if I am going to mount an expensive scope I like to check and make sure things are square.  I had a rifle that I had to bed the base by quite a lot as my rings where way out of alignment.  I hate to think what that permanent bind would have done to my scope over time if I would have just cranked it down.  I bet a lot of scopes are broken from not being mounted properly. 
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