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army guy 01-18-2012 09:40 PM

What is saddle parallax adjustment?
I just bought a Howa 1500 in 308 with the Axiom stock and it came with a Nikko Sterling 4x16x44 scope. It has a knob on the left side for adjusting the saddle parallax, I think. Any way it has 10 meters to infinity adjustments but I can't find out what it really does when i tun it. Anybody know what this is for?

JTJ 01-18-2012 11:06 PM

The typical hunting scope has the parallax set at 100 yards. A rimfire scope is usually set at 50 yards. At other distances, especially shorter distances there will be some aiming error if your eye is not perfectly aligned with the center axis of the scope. The parallax adjustment knob on the saddle adjusts the distance of the parallax setting. An adjustable objective lens performs the same function. Very handy if you are shooting at short ranges as in moving from an open area to a wooded area. Most target scopes will have a parallax adjustment method. This is one of the reasons a good consistent cheek weld is so important. A good and consistent cheek weld is harder to achieve with the high rise or see through scope mounts and rifles that have too much drop.

army guy 01-18-2012 11:10 PM

Thanks for the good info. Makes more sense now. So basically I want to adjust it as I change my distance in shooting I suppose.

JTJ 01-18-2012 11:30 PM

Set it for whatever distance you are shooting at. You will see some focus adjustment when you rotate the knob.

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