How to Disassemble and Adjust a Rifle Scope

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How to Disassemble and Adjust a Rifle Scope
Rifle scopes can be removed and disassembled for cleaning. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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.

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Things you need

  • Rifle scope
  • Hex wrench
  • Micro-fibre cleaning cloth

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  1. 1

    Place the rifle on a work bench, or other sturdy surface.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

Tips and 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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