I've never mounted a scope before, but would like to give it a try. I will be attempting to mount a Leupold VX-II on a Tikka using the Tikka-supplied scope rings. This rifle will be used for hunting.
Looking around, I think I have a pretty good handle on what I'm supposed to do, but I have two questions:
1) Is lapping necessary? If I were to take it to a shop to be mounted, do they usually lap it? Judging by the amount of time it normally takes to mount a scope, my guess is no.
2) Are the scope ring alignment bars necessary, or can I do without?
As with most things, there are good and bad resources out there on the internet. Does anyone have any good resources to share??