George Block Column
Local man invents scope fitting
Former Eighty Four resident invents unique scope fitting
He has always been Larry to me. But his real name is Robert Moore.
Like me, he has a passion for firearms and big game hunting. Also like me, he won the old Pankopf buck contest.
If memory serves, he won the contest the year after I did.
He’s an avid groundhog hunter and shoots an impressive 6mm-284. The cartridge is a 284 case necked down to a 6mm.
I almost built one about 10 years ago but decided to stay with the smaller 6mm cartridge. There are times when I wish I would have chambered the rifle to the wildcat that Larry uses.
Larry saw the writing on the wall and watched as Eighty Four became more heavily populated. He opted to move to a remote area along Route 331 near Bethany, W.Va.
Since he shoots a lot and has many scopes mounted on various rifles, I find myself agreeing with many of his ideas and opinions.
He has said the most difficult thing about mounting a scope to a rifle is getting it level. Sometimes, when the scope is screwed down to the rungs, it cams over and is tilted to one side. Other times, it stays where you put it.
Frustration takes over and, with the price of ammo, you want it right the first time. Many times, I think it’s straight until it I test it out on bags and go shoot.
The doggone thing is off. I have learned to take a screwdriver and collimeter to the range with me.
In an attempt to outsmart the system, I leave the mount screws slightly loose, intending to tighten them at the range, just in case the scope was not level.
Guess what? I forgot they were loose and the scope slid in the rings. Smart fellow, that George.
Larry has had the same frustration, as have a lot of other shooters. He’s come up with a solution to the problem of keeping the scope level.
It simply required a groove on the bottom of the scope with a similar mate on the base. A small spring-loaded ball bearing keeps the scope in a constant, level location. You can remove the scope and remount it. As long as the grooves and ball bearing are utilized, the scope is straight.
As many know, I worked at a gun shop and mounted many a scope on a rifle. If the indexing point was placed n the scope and mounted correctly, the crosshairs inside the scope would have to be square.
As I think about Moore’s invention, it would make scope removal and reattachment simple and accurate.
There is a downside to Larry’s idea that concerns scope makers. Many a good idea has fallen by the wayside because a large firm doesn’t want to try something new.
While on the subject, the crosshairs (reticle) needs to be straight if you’re going to shoot at longer distances. Sometimes, you miss a long shot for no other reason than a crooked reticle in the scope.
The trajectory of the bullet will drop in a straight line, ignoring the wind, and a crooked reticle will result in creating a different trajectory.
Larry now faces the problem of getting scope manufacturers to decide to use his invention. Good luck.
George H. Block writes a Sunday Outdoors column for the Observer-Reporter.