Recently I purchased a Sako L61R in .30-06. What a gorgeous rifle! To scope it I purchased a new Leupold VX-3i 3.5-10x40 scope, and solid Sako rings (Sako Optilock Blue 75/85 1" Low Ringmounts S1701900). When I first mounted the scope, I mounted the forward ring all the way to the rear adjacent to the ejection port, as seen here: When I went to group the rifle, the POI was feet to the left at 25m. I dialed the scope POI right as far as it would go, and still didn't pattern on paper. At this time, I began to research this issue (mostly via threads on this forum), and found that I could shift the POI to the right by moving the forward ring to the center of the front mount. I patterned the rifle again, and now was at least on paper, but still to the right. A second range trip with my scope mounting tools packed along produced this configuration, which is where it is right now: The scope bases are now as far apart as they can physically be on the scope. At 25yd, the rifle is still patterning 2" to the left of the bullseye. More importantly, the gun does not hit paper at 100yd even in this configuration, and even when I aimed past the far right of the target stand. As far as I can tell, one of three geometric conditions may exist: The scope is more or less parallel with the barrel, but offset to one side (unlikely). The scope is cocked in windage across the barrel. The scope is cocked in windage away from the barrel. Another option is that the scope is defective and needs to be returned. Hopefully, when I post this, the problem will be obvious to some users of this forum and I will just need to re-mount the scope and go. Any ideas?