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Sighting in Your Scope For Hunting

Sighting in your scope

Sighting in a scope for hunting season is a crucial step to ensure accuracy and precision when taking shots at your target. Properly sighting in your scope involves aligning the point of impact of your bullets with the crosshairs or reticle of your scope. Here's a general guide on how to do it:

1. **Choose a Stable Shooting Platform:** Set up your rifle on a stable shooting rest or sandbags to minimize human error and ensure consistent shooting. At Firing Line, while in the gun range, we offer use of rests and stool to maximize stability.

2. **Select the Right Ammunition:** Use the same type and brand of ammunition that you intend to use during the hunting season. Different types of ammunition can have varying trajectories, affecting your point of impact. It important to try and use from the same ammunition lot number to minimize variables.

3. **Set Up Your Target:** Place a target at a reasonable distance (usually around 100 yards/meters) at a safe and designated shooting range. Make sure the target has a clearly visible aiming point.

4. **Bore Sighting:** Before you begin shooting, perform a rough bore sighting. This involves aligning the bore of the rifle with the target by eye. This step helps get you on paper and saves ammunition during the initial shots. Make sure that your scope is properly mounted.

5. **Shoot a Group:** Fire a group of three to five shots at the target while aiming at the center of the target's bullseye. This group will help you assess the rifle's point of impact.

6. **Adjustments:** Examine the group's point of impact in relation to the target's bullseye. Determine how far off the group is from the center.

- **Vertical Adjustment:** Use the elevation turret (usually located on the top of the scope) to adjust the vertical point of impact. If the group is hitting above the bullseye, adjust the turret in the direction indicated for lowering the point of impact, and vice versa.

- **Horizontal Adjustment:** Use the windage turret (usually located on the side of the scope) to adjust the horizontal point of impact. If the group is hitting to the left of the bullseye, adjust the turret in the direction indicated for moving the point of impact to the right, and vice versa.

7. **Check and Repeat:** Fire another group of shots to confirm the adjustments. The goal is to have the new group of shots centered around the bullseye.

8. **Fine-Tuning:** Make smaller adjustments as needed to center your shots precisely on the bullseye. This may take a few iterations of shooting and adjusting.

9. **Confirm at Different Distances:** After your scope is accurately zeroed at your initial distance, you can confirm and adjust your zero at different distances relevant to your hunting environment.

10. **Record Your Zero:** Once you are satisfied with your scope's zero, make a note of the adjustments you made so you can easily reset your scope if needed.

Remember, the process may vary slightly depending on the type of scope you have and the specific adjustments it allows. Always prioritize safety and adhere to local laws and regulations when sighting in your rifle. If you're unsure about the process, stop in at Firing Line. Our Range Masters are well versed in establishing shot placement. Shot placement is calculated by projected distance, ammo round and trajectory. Need a new scope? We have a good selection to chose from and we will mount it for free when purchase from us.

At Firing Line you can drop off and we will sight in your scope, or we do in Range training to teach how to sight in your scope or we offer tips to assist you in getting your scope zeroed.


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