Bent Scope. Don't buy this one.
Somehow, my "Bushnell Sportsman Scope 3-9x 40mm 3-2-1-Low Light Reticle" must have received a good hit when I wasn't looking, because it was suddenly shooting 3 feet up and to the right at 50 feet (I know, 50 feet, hey it's an indoor range, it's Cleveland, it's cold here). It was defintely a bend, because when I loosened the rings a little and rotated the scope it had a noticible wobble at the muzzle end. My heart sank. I do not recommend this scope for the price ($60), the tube is too thin. Other features are nice, but for a .22 rifle that is going to see some light-to-moderate abuse I think this scope is not a good choice. By light-to-moderate I mean not treating the rifle like it is part of a nuclear fission device that could explode with one wrong move every time you take it out of the case.
On a positive note, I searched THESE FORUMS and upon review decided to try to bend the scope back and save myself who-knows-how-many dollars for a new scope. When I was diagnosing the problem, eventually the scope AND the rings came off (bad move, leave it all in place with rings loosened a little). So, I remounted the rings as a first step. They are the peep-through kind fourtunately, so my plan was to use the factory sights to realign the scope. I put a leather belt around the receiver in between the scope mounts and stepped on the ends of the belt with the balls of my feet, then grabbed the muzzle-side of the scope and pulled just a little a first. After a light pull, I resighted the scope vs. the facory sights. It needed more pulling, of an almost unnatural kind. At this point, I have to say if you try this don't let frustration rule. I eventually pulled "just the right amount" and the scope has been salvaged. To Ruger's credit, the ring screws didn't rip out of the receiver, and the setting on the iron sights (I have never adjusted the factory rifle sights), were within 1/2 inch at 50 feet. That 1/2 inch is because I am a horrible shot, I'm sure...
In general, I do not recommend this operation, because you could damage your receiver or barrel if you are not careful about anchor points with the straps I mentioned. It helped that I had peep-though sights, so I could put the receiver in a padded vice and check the difference between the factory sights and the scope. However, I am looking forward to getting rid of the peep-through sights because going from 50 feet in a range to 100 yards at "the farm" is about the extent of adjustment on the scope.
hm, counterstrike sounds like fun...
Last edited by drunkdude69; 01-31-2006 at 03:03 AM..