11 Dec

>Docter Shawn’s Weatherby with Nikon Monarch Riflescope and Leupold Scope Mounting System

Steven K. Ledin,


A week or so after I fell coming down a mountain on my last elk hunt I discovered I buggered my knee. Wasn’t getting better, so I had to see someone. I filled out the form at the doctor’s office, and in the paperwork under the explanation of how the injury happened, I put “fell while hiking.” When I finally saw the doctor and he asked me exactly what happened, I said “fell while hunting” instead of “fell while hiking.” He looked at me strangely and said, “Hunting, huh? Did you kill anything?” I thought, oh, crap. Here it comes. Another anti hunter. Instead he said, “I grew up shooting javelinas with a handgun in Texas”, so I knew I was in like flint.

Anyway, surgery went okay, and during my first check up afterwards I left his office with his new Weatherby Vanguard in .270 Weatherby, one of my favorite cartridges of all time. I told him I would fix him up. I installed a Nikon Monarch 2.5-10×42 with the BDC reticle (a best value, quality riflescope), and mounted it in lapped Leupold Dual Dovetail rings and bases. I also cleaned and polished his bore and crown, disassembled his whole gun and went over every part and torqued the action screws to the proper inch pounds. Boresighted it with my Leupold Zero Point boresighter. Gun looks good. Walnut stock. A bit too pretty for me, but very functional. Butler Creek flip up caps rounded it out, although Nikon has been shipping adequate flip ups of their own design lately.

Sometime when it’s not 20 below like it is today I’ll invite Docter Shawn to my range, maybe with Chuck the vet and Jerry the instructor. No substitute for trigger time.

Thanks again to Docter Shawn for cutting out the extra knee parts that I ruined. God saw fit to give me two knees, so I have a back up.

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