How to Mount a Scope on an Air Rifle – Step-by-Step Guide & Tips

Air Rifles are fun to use, in this article we will cover…

How to Mount a Scope on one?

Let’s find out together.

The Complete Guide to Mounting A Rifle Scope on an Air Rifle 

Brad Brooks knows how to mount a rifle scope. He created this guide to help others learn how to do it themselves. This guide is simple to follow and easy to understand. Anyone can do it!

We’ve covered every aspect of how to mount a scope on a rifle. You’ll learn about the different types of mounts available, what kind of scope you should use, and how to properly adjust the scope. This guide also covers how to make sure your scope is mounted correctly, and how to check if the scope is adjusted correctly.

You might be wondering…

Properly mounting your rifle scope is the 1 thing to do if you want to improve your shooting skills. Most gunsmiths will charge $20-$50 to mount your scope correctly. You can also buy a scope mount for less than $10 online.

People who do things for others tend to make mistakes more often than people who do things for themselves. This principle also applies to people who are building houses or cars.

Mounting your rifle scope correctly is very important. You want to make sure that the scope is mounted perfectly straight and level. This will allow you to know exactly what you’re aiming at.

A rifle with a scope.

Note: If you want to know a complete guide about scopes click HERE.

Get the right tools…

  • Torque wrenches are essential tools for every shooter. A torque wrench is a tool that allows you to tighten or loosen screws and bolts quickly and easily. There are many types of torque wrenches available. Some are designed to be mounted directly to the barrel nut of a firearm while others are designed to be attached to a tripod or other support device. The type of torque wrench you choose depends on whether you plan to use it on a rifle, pistol, shotgun or another weapon. For example, if you’re going to use it on a handgun, then you’ll probably want to get a handheld model. On the other hand, if you’re using it on a long range rifle, then you’ll likely want to invest in a tripod mounted model.
  • Leveling kits are also very helpful when shooting rifles. When you shoot a rifle, you may notice that the bullet lands slightly off target. This is because the barrel is not perfectly straight. To correct this problem, you can use a level to make sure the barrel is as straight as possible. In addition, you should always check your scope for proper alignment before you begin shooting.
  • Gun stabilizers are used to help steady guns when shooting. Bipods are used to hold a gun steady while aiming. Sandbags are used to hold a rifle or shotgun steady. Customized solutions are used to make sure a weapon is stable enough to shoot accurately.

Pick Your Scope Mounting Hardware

There are several different types of scope mounts. Most commonly used are the scope ring and base setup, the Talley base/ring setup, and the top-mounted setup. These setups are the most common ones you’ll see.

A rail and scope ring setup is a popular setup among tactical and long-range shooters. It allows you to mount your scope onto a single piece of rail, making sure your scope is always mounted on the same plane. Scope rings are attached to this rail, allowing you to move your scope around without having to worry about how the rings are positioned. However, this setup adds weight to your rifle.

Scope rails help you to easily set your zero when mounting your scope. You should always use scope rings that are sized appropriately for your scope.

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Stabilize your gun

This is where you should put your gun in a vice. You need a bench vice with some sort of rubber arm to hold your rifle steady.

You should aim your gun in a straight line.

Mount your bases or the bottom piece half of your rings

Put a very light coating of lubricant on the underside of your rails. Use a blue Loctite to secure the rail to the receiver. Torque the screws using the manufacturer’s specifications with your torque wrench, but be careful not to over-torque them.

You should use a base/ring combo when setting up your tripod. This allows you to mount your scope at an angle that is most comfortable for you.

Lapping is a practice used by gunsmiths to make sure that the rings on a rifle barrel stay straight and true. Some people believe that you should always lap the rings on your scope. Others say that it doesn’t matter.

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Leveling a rifle scope is easy if you know how to do it. You’ll need a tool called a bubble level. This is an inexpensive tool that measures up to 1/4 inch accuracy. To level your rifle scope, first, take off the barrel cap and remove the front sight assembly. Then place the bubble level on the bottom of the scope tube and move the scope until the bubble is centered. Once the bubble is centered, tighten the screws holding the front sight assembly in place. Now you’re ready to shoot!

A professional-level kit includes a barrel clamp level and another smaller level. You mount the barrel clamp level onto the barrel of your gun and then tighten it down well. Then you attach the other level to the barrel. Now you’re ready to level your scope.

Place the smaller reference level on the rails or bases of your rifle. You’ll also want to make sure that the reference level is perpendicular (perpendicular to the bore axis) to your barrel. This is important because if the reference level isn’t perpendicular to the bore axis, then your bullet drop compensation won’t be accurate.

Barrel clamps should be adjusted to match the reference level on the rails or rings. Make sure you don’t bump the barrel clamp level after indexing it.

Scope rings should be mounted on the bottom half of the ring.

You should tighten your scope as much as possible without making it too tight or too loose.

You should be able to see the entire field of vision of the scope when you’re using it. There should be no “scope shadow” when you’re looking through the scope. Your scope should be set at the correct magnification level.

You must place the reference level on the turret, then adjust the scope until the two bubbles match up.

Tightening the rings should be done slowly and evenly. Over tightening could damage the scope.

Your scope should be adjusted if the gap in your scope ring isn’t even or if there is too much space between the two rings.

Ring screws should never be tightened too tight. Loctite makes them wet, and then when tightening them, the threads get clogged up. This causes the screw to tighten too hard.

Note: If you want to know What a Cantilever Scope Mount click HERE.

Other Leveling Options

Using a rail makes it easier to center your bubble. You need two levels to get this right.

Using the action of your rifle, you can set your index level. You can also adjust the level by using the action of your rifle. Your rifle is more accurate when you set your index level correctly.

Your reticle focuses impact how crisp the reticle appears when you look through the scope. Different manufacturers have different adjustments for their scopes. Find your adjustment and then mount your rifle like you were shooting and point the scope at a blank wall. Open your eyes and close them again. Pay attention to how the reticule looks immediately. Your eye tries to compensate quickly, so make sure it isn’t blurry right away. Once you’ve found the correct adjustment, adjust it in or out and start over until the reticule is crisp when you open your eyes. This takes some time, but once done will help you see the world through your scope more clearly.

how to mount a scope on an air rifle

How to Mount a Scope on an Air Rifle?

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All you need is a target, and a solid rest. You should have at least firm sandbags underneath your rifle. A benchrest type rest is better than a pillow or a rolled up sleeping bag.

Mount the base to the receiver

Align your base to your rifle using the pre-taped holes as guides. Notice that the slots mount to allow you to correctly connect the scope rings. Apply a small amount to your base screws, then tighten them in a cross pattern to supply an even pressure across the base. When you hear the torque wrench make a ticking sound, you’ve applied enough pressure.

Mount the rings to the base

You should be able to put the scope as low as you want by twisting the rings around the barrel.

Line up the reticle

Now that the bottom half of rings are secured, tighten them just enough so you can turn the optic in line. Tighten the top halves just enough to square up your scope. Make sure your scope is level horizontally and vertically before turning it down.

Set the eye relief

You should adjust the eye relief so that the scope is clear of the rings. Set the magnification to its highest setting. Adjust any parallax settings to the right distance. Remove the rifle from the vice. Look through the scope and make sure that there is a visible dark ring around the outside of the scope. Move the scope back until you no longer see this dark ring.

Inspect your work

Double check your rifle, scope, mounts, and everything else to make sure that everything is in order. Don’t touch anything except the rifle, scopes, and mounts.


And you’ve done it! You have mounted your riflescope!

If you want to know more information about scopes click HERE.


  • John Moses

    John is the Editor in Chief here at The Outdoor Stores. His area of expertise ensures that there is no one better to suggest which rifles are most suitable for your hunting experience. He is also available for you to contact him personally to discuss the types of animals you want to hunt and the terrain you will be hunting on. Feel free to read his posts for expert opinion on Rifles, Scopes, Rangefinders, Bonoculars and Monoculars.

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