A many thanks Dacotua.
While I got your attention. Academy had mounted my scope and bore sight it for me. Being the newb I am, I thought that would be all that was needing done until he said I need to go to a range and adjust the scope for 100yds. Going to the range and shooting the gun for the first time is the fun part, adjusting the scope could be a disaster.
I don't know what is needed or how I should go about it. Alpine is the nearest range to me, do they offer services such as sighting in customers scopes to 100 yds.
Also, should I sight the scope using high dollar ammo such as Hornady .308 WIN in 168 Grain, or surplus ammo?
I promise last question (I think) My scope is mounted about half an inch too far back. Can I loosen the screws and slide the scope forward or will that throw the bore sight off?
Yes you can adjust the scope.
I don't care who bore sights the rifle, DO NOT GO TO A 100yard range and shoot it. Go to the 25 yard range FIRST. Sight it in at 25 yards. (make sure its 1" low at 25 yards). The point is, if your dead on left/right and 1" low at 25 yards, you'll hit paper at 100 yards.
MOST ranges WILL NOT let you use FMJ Surplus ammo to sight it in. And I hate to tell you, if you sight it in with cheap shit, and then use quality ammo, it will be off.
Honestly if you sight it in at 25 yards, and then adjust it at 100 yards, you should be able to have it dead on within 10 shots.
However, if you must use cheap ammo, go out to Bass Pro/Cabelas/or any sporting good store and buy the Federal Corelok ammo. It will be around 15-20 dollars a box. Or Winchester Super-X 308 in 168 grain.
If you sight it in with the cheaper stuff, buy more than one box. Try to get the same lot number. That way when you have it sighted in, it will shoot the same for all the boxes you just bought.
For hunting, if you can hit a paper plate at 100 yards, you can kill any game animal.
ALSO : DO NOT BUY Steel case ammo for your gun. That includes Wolf, Monarch Steel, Any thing Bear.... If the ammo is named after a animal, avoid it.
I've seen steel case's get STUCK hard in a bolt action and some semis... not fun to get it out.