Whether you're trying to squeeze out the maximum accuracy from your rifle, trying to protect a high quality scope by not pre-stressing the tube, wanting to ensure your fasteners are properly torqued and will not work loose, or just wanting to do your best job possible in mounting your scope, Wheeler Engineering produces a Professional Scope Mounting Kit that will address most issues encountered when installing a scope. Wheeler actually makes three versions of this kit. One is for 1" rings, another for 30mm rings and the last is a combo kit that contains everything to install a scope using either 1" or 30mm rings. Although this review is of the Professional Scope Mounting Kit Combo, you will see all the components that come with the other two kits. The Combo Kit retails for $149.99 at the Wheeler Engineering website (actually Battenfeld Technologies website because Wheeler Engineering is part of Battenfeld family of brands). At the time of this review, you can find the Combo Kit at various online stores from $90 to $120 which account for some Christmas/Year End sale prices.
The Wheeler Professional Scope Mounting Kit takes care of three critical items when it comes to mounting a scope. The first is alignment of the rings. The second is leveling/alignment of the reticle crosshairs. The last is properly torqueing and thread locking all fasteners.
During my reviews I like to show and compare my results to the manufacturer's claims where possible so the following text in colored italics was taken directly from the Wheeler Engineering website on 12/26/11 and gives an overview of the features for the Professional Scope Mounting Kit. The , and are my way to keep up with details that I have covered in this review with either photos, commentary or both.
This complete kit provides everything necessary to mount virtually any 1-inch or 30mm scope the correct way, including an instructional DVD. Proper scope installation is critical to the accuracy of your firearm.
Alignment and Lapping of rings ensure maximum surface area contact between scope tube and rings. This not only helps the rings hold the scope more securely but also protects your scope from damage misalignment can cause. The Wheeler Alignment Bars, Lapping Bars and Lapping Compound allow you to achieve the perfect fit between scope and rings.
Reticle Leveling is also a key component to the accuracy of your set up. Crosshairs that are not properly leveled will result in errors in left/right windage especially at longer distances. Misalignment can also compromise true linear movement from turret adjustments. The Wheeler Level-Level-Level makes it quick and easy to get the reticle perfectly aligned with your gun.
Securing Fasteners properly is critical to accuracy as well. Precisely controlled torque along with thread locking compound will keep your scope held securely in place. Professional grade bits and the F.A.T. Wrench are the perfect combination to properly secure fasteners without deformation.
The Wheeler Professional Scope Mounting Kit Combo comes boxed as shown below. This is actually one of the newer kits that now comes with a storage case (great idea on Wheeler's part).