This report covers:
- Scope rings — another challenge
- Who is wrong?
- The rest of the story
- Install scope ring caps
- One final question
Today I planned to mount the new 3-9X36 Bug Buster Accushot Pro scope on the RAW MicroHunter and re-shoot the 25-yard accuracy test. But when I removed the Lucid P8 sight I discovered several things that slowed me down. I recently walked you guys through every step I took to mount a scope on another cantankerous PCP and it turned out to be a good report. The detail given in that report was what some of you needed and wanted. I’m gonna do the same thing today.
First — the MicroHunter has a short receiver. That’s one of its engaging features, but when mounting a scope it can also be a challenging one. The real challenge is the 12-shot rotary magazine that sticks up over the receiver’s top.
Scope rings — another challenge
Leapers actually put the new Bug Buster in my hands at the Pyramyd Air Cup last month. It’s a pre-production prototype because they are still working on the image clarity, though my eyes tell me it’s crystal clear.
Okay, I thought, I have the new Bug Buster. But this scope has a 34mm tube. Remember, I told you it has the DNA of the Integrix series scopes? That’s fine except BB lives in the real world and only has one set of scope rings that fit a 34mm scope tube — the ones Leapers sent me to mount the Integrix.
No problemo! Leapers reached into their box of stuff and handed me a one-piece mount with 34mm rings. Oh, oh — problemo! The MicroHunter has 11mm dovetails. The UTG scope mounts have Picatinny bases. And their bases have several crossbars for the Picatinny base. Their 11mm-to-Picatinny adaptors are too long to fit into their one-piece scope base. You can’t get one of their adaptors to fit. Problemo, problemo, problemo!
This UTG one-piece scope base with 34mm rings has two Picatinny lugs (1 and 2) too close together to allow their 11mm adaptor to be used. Same on the other end that’s not numbered. Lug number 3 has no jaw on the bottom side to clamp the adaptor. This mount will not fit an 11mm airgun scope base!
Who is wrong?
I’m not saying AirForce is wrong for not putting a Picatinny base on their RAW, nor am I saying that Leapers is wrong for making a scope base that cannot be mounted on an 11mm dovetail airgun scope mount. What I am saying is this 34mm one-piece scope mount will not work on the RAW MicroHunter.
So, I asked Leapers for a two-piece 34mm scope mount set that had just one lug per base. They had some and I came home with a pair.
Do you guys see what I’m saying here? AirForce is selling a premium air rifle that will only accept certain scope mounts and UTG is selling a premium scope ring that will only fit certain airguns. Are you starting to understand why this report isn’t about testing the air rifle; it’s about mounting the scope? Today’s report is about both the MicroHunter and the new Bug Buster, but it’s about scoping the MicroHunter and also about mounting the new Bug Buster to anything.
I’m also telling you look at details like this before you spend your money. I don’t mean to not purchase either item. Just pay attention and find out what it takes. The new Bug Buster Accushot Pro is an ideal precision scope for the MicroHunter because it’s light and compact, just like the rifle. The Lucid P8 was ideal for the rifle as well, but for hunting, not for precision shooting. Or, at least that’s what we are going to find out in the next accuracy test.
The rest of the story
Once I got the first mount on the rifle, things went faster. The P.O.I. rings Leapers gave me are ideal for this because they are at the same level of precision as both the rifle and the scope. These rings are high, but it appears medium rings will work, too.
I recently learned my lesson about NOT shimming P.O.I. rings, so these guys went on the rifle exactly as they came from the box. The fit was perfect, as we have come to expect from the UTG P.O.I. line.
Once on the rifle, but before the ring caps were attached, I noticed the scope was positioned too far back for me to see the whole image. I worried for a moment because as you can see in the picture above, there isn’t a lot of forward positioning possibility. But wait — the MicroHunter has an adjustable buttstock and it was collapsed all the way to fit the rifle into its case. I pulled it out and found the sweet spot for my eye.
Install scope ring caps
Once the scope was mounted correctly for my sighting eye, the scope ring caps were installed. Not having shims meant the caps went on easily.
One final question
The only thing that remained was to find out whether the rifle still fits in the gun case with this scope attached. Only one way to find out.
We spent time today mounting the new Bug Buster Accushot Pro on the RAW MicroHunter with UTG P.O.I. rings. Where the Lucid P8 reflex sight gave fast target acquisition with hunting accuracy, we are hoping the new Bug Buster will take the MicroHunter to a new level of precision. That test will come very soon. In that report I’ll tell you about both the MicroHunter accuracy and the new Bug Buster Accushot Pro scope.