I obviously can't use it as is. I was hoping to connect with someone with a similar experience who could give me an easy fix. I hate the thought of being empty handed for 6-8 weeks. I've read all kinds of possible causes - mounts loose, scope rings too tight, too loose, rings out of alignment causing scope barrel to twist. It carries a warranty but its void if its considered to have neen dropped or damaged. The cost to repair it may be more than its worth. $170 + tax
I have removed the scope, checked rings and mounts and all is well there in terms of being tight. I don't have an alignment tool so I will probably reinstall it and try one more time to sight in. Then I will have to bite the bullet and send it away.