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Old 09-25-2013, 12:04 PM   #1
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Okay, so growing up I was never taught how to shoot or hunt. I pretty much had to learn everything on my own which in a way I am thankful for. However, as I have starting deer hunting more and shooting more I have a question about aiming. With a rifle outfitted with a scope, should your crosshairs be in focus with your target being fuzzy or should the target be clear with your crosshairs a little fuzzy? Also, with a pistol should you be focused on the front sight with the target being fuzzy or focus on the target with the front sight fuzzy? Thanks for the help!



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I focus on the target. But I am old and the sights are fuzzy anyway!



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Your focal plane should keep the sights clear (and let the target get fuzzy).

Be aware of the target and what is around it. Branches may deflect bullets.

Attend a Hunter Safety Course and ask about training. Normally there is an NRA instructor nearby and taking the hunter safety and firearms training is worth more than you making bad habits that need to get corrected later on.

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As a rule, focus on the front sight. The target may be a little fuzzy, but trust your aim, don't let your eye wander. With magnifying optics, both the reticle and the target should be sharp. There are separate controls allowing that in a good scope. With a basic scope, it is a compromise. Try and see that works best for you. In the end, the proof is in your score. If you good, nobody cares if you did it upside down.

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A scope is not just a target magnifying device. The scope reduces the need for alignment of two sights. The scope is a single point aiming sight. Most scopes below 7 X for hunting are paralax free to a given distance. They can be focused to infinity by adjusting the eye piece. Hold the rifle up pointed to a clear blue sky. Adjust the eye piece "focus" until it is perfectly clear. You will be good to go.

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A scope is not just a target magnifying device. The scope reduces the need for alignment of two sights. The scope is a single point aiming sight. Most scopes below 7 X for hunting are paralax free to a given distance. They can be focused to infinity by adjusting the eye piece. Hold the rifle up pointed to a clear blue sky. Adjust the eye piece "focus" until it is perfectly clear. You will be good to go.
If you are shooting iron sights, you will be far better to focus on the front sight, if you don't have a clear, and correct front sight picture you probably won't be happy with your accuracy.
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+1 on focusing on the front sight.

That's how the Corps taught me, anyway. Works for me on any weapon.

The only optics I ever use is an ACOG on my M16, though.

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The men who organized the shooting for the Corp over 2 hundred year ago learn to shoot. They learned to shoot by knocking a squirrel off a limb with a flint lock rifle. It still works.

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I would first make sure you know your dominant eye. Cross Dominant shooters have problems, until they understand the difference.

For pistols, front sight target focus on anything less than 10 yards. Beyond that, and depending on your eyes, it will require a mix of front sight focus and target focus transitions to be accurate.

YMMV.



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