Lightning Review: Wheeler Engineering Level Level Level Kit

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Anything to cut down on the time spent in the office and increase time at the range gets a resounding thumbs-up! For example, the MagLuLa for pistols is always in my bag as well as various tools etc. Enter the Wheeler Level Level Level kit. In short, its a permanent part of my armorer’s and range kits.

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As a gun writer, I have a lot of different weapon systems and scopes come through my office. To thoroughly test them, it requires mounting them to various weapons systems and rings. To do otherwise, would just be a review of a single configuration… that will not do for our dear readers. So, I spend lots of time mounting and dismounting scopes and rings.

(Note- The Level Level Level kit reviewed was a personal purchase in January of this year. Caldwell had no input into this Lightning Review)

How it Works:

Unlike the name implies Level-Level-Level kit is not 3 levels, it is just two. One of the levels is a cantilever style and the other is a short bar, both with a bubble level built-in.

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The cantilever level will sit on the receiver while the shorter bar level is set on top of the scope.

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IMG_3463 When both levels are centered, carefully torque down your scope making sure the rifle and scope stay parallel to one another.

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Done. Simple as that.

 

The Good:

  •  Works as advertised. Its simple to level a scope on a rifle in even a rudimentary rest like the Caldwell “7” that I typically use.
  • Inexpensive

The Notable:

  •  Will not work if the crosshairs or turret caps are not level to one another. In other words, works best with quality scopes.
  • I would appreciate finer lines or lines closer together. For someone as paranoid about level as I am, they can leave margin for error.

The Bad:

  • The magnets are weak and are knocked off easily if jarred.
  • They just “feel” cheap… but they work well.
  • Really only works well for rifles with rails. Traditional hunting rifles will need a professional kit.

My Thoughts:

For the price, the Level-Level-Level kit is hard to beat. It is a dead-simple design and operation that does indeed level the scopes. It works best on quality scopes.

For $16.95 on major retailer sites, the level-level-level kit easily pays for itself by the first scope mounted in terms of time alone.

Thumbs Up!

Gallery (While mounting a Leupold Scope on a Houlding Precision Rifle):




Nathan S.

TFB’s resident Jarhead, Nathan now works within the Industry in Operations, Sales & Marketing. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, MSR’s, high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries in the last three years working with US DoD & foreign MoDs. You will likely find him either in an international airport or on the local range in NE Indiana.

Nathan can be reached at [email protected]


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  • Mike N.

    Or, you can just use a set of feeler gauges between the flat spot on bottom of the scope and the top of your rail. Bubble levels are not that accurate, the feeler gauges are your best bet of getting your scope square to the bore.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    I have a similar set that I have found to be quite useful for leveling a scope. Having said that, it should be noted that the magnetic lower level was designed to bridge the bolt raceway on a symmetrically-formed steel receiver, and will therefore not work for a non-ferrous receiver or one that is assymetrically-shaped, so the application is limited to a certain number of rifles. It looks as if Nathan is using the magnetic base of that particular level to adhere to the top of a steel Picatinny rail, thereby achieving reasonably accurate leveling ( but only assuming the handguard carrying the rail is itself level ), or else the level is simply being balanced on the rail if it is of aluminum construction. Leveling would probably be more precise if the magnetic lower level were to be placed on the rail directly mounted to the top of the receiver instead, or at least on the top of the scope base mount attached to the receiver rail if space permits.

    One way or the other, this system will get you close to true leveling if you are careful and recognize its inherent limitations. After that, a set of feeler gauges — as Mike N. has already noted — will be required for at least the final fine-tuning.

    A more accurate way to obtain the initial leveling on a rifle with a top-mounted receiver rail would be to use a bubble level that bolts directly to the rail matched to the “free” upper level as shown above that sits on the elevation knob of the scope. After the leveling procedure is done, the former can be left in place in its original intended role as a reference guide for keeping the rifle level when aiming and firing.

  • Limonata

    IMHO, the Wheeler Professional Reticle Leveling System which is often found on sale for $30 is the better of the two Wheeler scope leveling systems. I have both.

    DiverEngrSL17’s comments are spot on. The magnetic lower level does not work on all rifles and as you discovered, those magnets are really weak on the Level-Level-Level system.

    I found the Wheeler Professional Reticle Leveling System much easier to use because the reference level is put on the barrel of the rifle and once tight, does not move and is not easy to jar. I find the magnets are stronger as well AND the levels have been calibrated at the Factory.

    You might want to check your Level-Level-Level systems levels on a flat surface with a known calibrated level. Many comments you find on many sights that sell that system complain that the bubble levels are off. I was able to get mine exchanged.

    I believe that both can do the job, but I find it faster, easier and more accurate with the Wheeler Professional Reticle Leveling System than the Level-Level-Level system.

  • J.J

    I literally bought those last week and they were perfect for getting my savage back to one m.o.a.

  • Gene

    Check the RV section at ypur local Walmart for bubble levels. They’re $2.67 for 2.

    http://www.walmart.com/msharbor/ip/Camco-RV-Standard-Level-2pk/16817250