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#3037086 - 11/16/12 08:54 PM Check your rifle!
6 Point

Registered: 09/29/12
Posts: 961
Loc: Wilson County, TN

Today, I take two rifles to Stone's River to sight in. No problem, right? Rifle #1 is new with recently mounted scope that I bought for my fiancee for Christmas. Nice little Marlin .308 bolt. Same as mine except hers is the pretty Camo Start with hers...25 yards...Still a little new to the scope thing (used to my old open sight 30-30 lever), so it takes a little while to get close. Finally get it on.

Move targets out to 50 yards. Takes a little while longer, but finally get her on the bullseye with 1.25" group. Bring mine up, figure it should be pretty close as it was shooting nice groups out to 100 yards last year. Fire one down range, and it's about 2" off. No big deal...turn the dials and fire again. 4" off the other I start to turn the knob again, something doesn't feel right. Grabbed the scope, and yep, you guessed it...the whole freakin' thing was loose!!

So, now I'm thinkin' "I'm SOOOOOO screwed" for tomorrow. Well, at least I have one true shooting rifle. Originally, I had planned on taking my scope and mounting it on the new rifle, and mounting the new scope on mine, but didn't feel like screwing with it. Kept thinking, "if I had only swapped the scopes" I wouldn't have this problem!! lol.

So, I packed everything up, spittin' mad...the guy next to me asks me if I got them both sighted in? I told him one was and explained the other...super nice guy says, "I've got a little tool kit you can borrow"..."Thank you Jesus" says I!...Removed the scope and tightened the rail, re-mounted the scope, adjusted, and tightened. FINALLY, I gotter sighted in.

So, after this long read, the moral of the story is this: I've seen threads asking if your rifle should be sighted in every year. After today, I'll definitely not only sight mine in, but make sure that they're nice and secure BEFORE going to the range!! Good luck to everyone tomorrow!!
There's nothing common about common sense anymore!

#3037112 - 11/16/12 09:23 PM Re: Check your rifle! [Re: TNGunhunter]
6 Point

Registered: 09/14/09
Posts: 552
Loc: Elizabethton, Carter County, T...

Blue Loctite!
#3037118 - 11/16/12 09:28 PM Re: Check your rifle! [Re: BluegrassDan]
10 Point

Registered: 08/21/12
Posts: 3538
Loc: maury county tn

We always check them i have buddies that do not. Just don't make sense to me i wouldn't want to take the chance. Lucky for you, you caught it in time!!

#3037135 - 11/16/12 09:46 PM Re: Check your rifle! [Re: BluegrassDan]
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Registered: 11/01/10
Posts: 2982
Loc: Lawrence Co.

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 Originally Posted By: BluegrassDan
Blue Loctite!

Always Loctite scope bases and rings. Always always always.
Smokeless Muzzleloading: It ain't your Grampa's flintlock

#3037140 - 11/16/12 09:51 PM Re: Check your rifle! [Re: Rubberduck270]
10 Point

Registered: 04/02/04
Posts: 3915
Loc: Bradley co. TN

I check mine every season and if I shoot, I check again before next hunt.
woods n water

#3037166 - 11/16/12 10:21 PM Re: Check your rifle! [Re: Rubberduck270]
16 Point

Registered: 07/20/05
Posts: 19651
Loc: Rutherford / Wilson County Lin...

 Originally Posted By: Rubberduck270
 Originally Posted By: BluegrassDan
Blue Loctite!

Always Loctite scope bases and rings. Always always always.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

#3037169 - 11/16/12 10:23 PM Re: Check your rifle! [Re: Gravey]
14 Point

Registered: 06/20/11
Posts: 8259
Loc: Grundy county

I always check mine before season and during season!
Team Run 'N Gunners

#3037210 - 11/16/12 11:48 PM Re: Check your rifle! [Re: Rubberduck270]
16 Point

Registered: 11/08/03
Posts: 13879
Loc: In a tree clinging to my guns ...

 Originally Posted By: Rubberduck270
 Originally Posted By: BluegrassDan
Blue Loctite!

Always Loctite scope bases and rings. Always always always.

Amen. Preach it, brother. \:\)
Shoot Low, Boys -- They're Riding Shetland Ponies

#3037247 - 11/17/12 04:42 AM Re: Check your rifle! [Re: farmin68]
4 Point

Registered: 08/17/12
Posts: 183
Loc: Gallatin, TN

I always check b4 season, and use coyotes to make sure during season.
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