I got my 17 yo a 10/22 for Christmas and felt obligated to zero it in for him. First I shot just irons at 50 yards, sitting, headwind at about 5mph, with Wallyworld Win 36gr plated HP 1280fps. I could barely make out the bull at that distance Back up to the house to afix ye olde Tasco scope with E. Arthur Brown mount...back down to the range...and at 80 yards prone was not even on paper. So...I came up to 50yrds, sitting, got on paper, then went back up to 80 yards, prone, and walked it up and left. Don't let the highly technical notations on the target intimidate you :0) One of the last rounds went thru the bull so I switched to another target, again, 80 yards, prone. It ain't benchrest shooting by a long shot but it'll do. My 17 yo is crazy-nuts for the Ruger, he thinks it is a thing of beauty. I traded his problematic Remington 597 in for it, and he is now nailing cans at 80 yards.