How to Disassemble and Adjust a Rifle Scope


Rifle scopes are ocular enhancements -- for rifles, shotguns and pistols -- that allow the shooter to see targets close-up. A scope is essentially a monocular, magnifying a target several times its normal appearance to the human eye. These devices rely on a complex and sensitive series of mirrors and lenses. It's possible to knock these pieces out of alignment, affecting the accuracy of the scope.

Things You'll Need

  • Rifle scope
  • Hex wrench
  • Micro-fiber cleaning cloth
  • Place the rifle on a work bench, or other sturdy surface.

  • Turn the rifle on its right side. Access the set screws on the base of the rifle's scope rings that attach the scope to the rifle.

  • Insert a hex wrench into the set screws. Turn the screws counterclockwise -- one at a time -- until the scope ring pulls free from the mounting base. The scope detaches from the rifle once all the screws are removed.

  • Turn the eye piece clockwise until it won't turn anymore. This returns the scope to its factory settings.

  • Wipe both lenses with a micro-fiber cloth designed for cleaning sensitive optics. Use a circular motion to clear the lenses of dirt and other debris.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not disassemble the scope beyond removing it from the rifle and adjusting the eyepiece. Doing so might damage the optics inside the scope.


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