.308 sight in

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  1. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    I'm sure this has been covered before so I apologize in advance for it. Last week I went out to sight in my savage model 10 .308 with some reloads since those were the only ammo I had. At 50 yards, I couldn't hit anything. I tried to bore sight it and when adjusting the reticle, it was maxed out on elevation and was shooting about 8 inches low. Any suggestions? I'd like to have it to where it's sighted in at 100 since it had mil dots and I'd like to learn how those work more

    I should also add, it's a fixed 16 power scope
     
  2. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Too much magnification.

    Check your mount/rings. Is there built in MOA?

    Start at 10 yards, find out where POI is and walk it in.

    Go to 25 yards and follow walk it in.

    Go to 50 yards and follow walk it in.

    Go to 100 yards and follow walk it in.
     

  3. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    What brand of scope is it?
    What type of base/rings are you using?

    If you are maxed out on your elevation,your scope is either mounted too high off the rifle,or doesn't have much adjustment in it to start with.
    You may need to get a 20moa base or get a set of Burris Signature Zee rings-you can put different inserts in them to get the same results.
     
  4. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    I have seen instances of the rear mount being shimmed with 1 or 2 pieces of aluminum cut from a soda or beer can in order to even out the adjustment on a scope though I think that is less than ideal.
     
  5. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    Here's a picture. I won't be able to look at the brand until I get home. Maybe one of y'all will know by looking?
     

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  6. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    16X on a .308??? Really??:confused::confused::confused:

    2.5x I could understand. Even 4X.
     
  7. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    It came on it when I got the rifle
     
  8. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    Do you plan to hunt with that gun? If so I would scrap that scope in favor of one with a variable power, nothing wrong with high magnification when you want or need it but it is really going to screw you on field of view, I would go to a 6-18x or something of that nature, 6 is even too high for me for a hunting rig but if I were hunting in open fields it wouldn't be such a big deal.
     
  9. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    I do plan to hunt with it and am going to scrap it as soon as possible when funds allow and am going to look at the Sightron SIII in 6-20x50 I believe since where I shoot, the fields are up to 800 yards long and I'd like to make sure I can see that far even though I won't shoot outside 500 on Yotes. Here are some more pictures of the rings and scope. No markings are on either
     

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  10. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Shag,

    Maybe it has the wrong bases on it. The screw holes in some model of basses will line up for the Savage Rifles but if they are not for the correct model you can run into this problem. I do not know what kind of scope it is but also a person can damage the adjustments from trying to cause them to over travel. A Leupold for example can turn and turn it just wont do anything when they get to the end of their adjustments. But some scopes can be damaged by forcing the adjustments. Maybe that is what the previous owner has done so that is why I asked what type scope it was. Obviously the 16 is a little much if a fixed power. But as stated with that much of a discrepancy it is one of the two mentioned reasons. That is also a lot of shimming at 50 yards?

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  11. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    Yeah the front base seems jacked since part of it comes back over where the bolt is and you have to angle the rounds downward first when putting them in to get past the base
     
  12. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    You have a Chinese scope made at slave factory 127. You can get a Sightron SII Big sky that will do everything you want. Get a 10 MOA base and a 3-12. A man sized target at 700 yards is possible. I use a Sightron 3-12x42mmAO on my HowaHB. 400 yards is a piece of cake on milk jugs. I've given up 700 yard for now.
     
  13. jpattersonnh

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    The scope is way to short for the action. It looks like you have Weaver bases. Warne rings are awesome! You need a scope that fits the rifle. Here is my Savage 110.
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  14. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    If they are weaver rings, are they okay to keep or should I get new ones along with bases which is a guarantee
     
  15. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    I have a 4X circle reticle shotgun scope on my Ruger .308 and it's a great setup,25-100 yards and the deer don't stand a chance.
     
  16. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    MOshooter New Member

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    I have a bore sighter I use for sighting in,if you don't have a bore sighter or having problems bore sighting?
    Move your target closer 20 yards,take the bolt out and sight through your scope,now look through your barrel you can actually see the POI through the barrel and the POA (Point of aim) through the scope.
    We've used this technique at 100 yd targets with a very accurate starting point for zeroing a scope with minimal ammunition needed.

    As others have said check your scope mounts,if the scope will not zero in at a 100 yards I would suspect a problem with the scope,if the mounts are correct and tight.

    Good Luck
     
  18. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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  19. ShagNasty1001

    ShagNasty1001 New Member

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    Perfect! Those are exactly the kind of bases I was wanting to use
     
  20. ccrow175

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    It looks like you have an swfa super sniper scope. There's nothing wrong with that scope for that rifle. I had a 10x fixed super sniper before I upgraded. Even with that scope I was making up to 1000 yard shots with my 308. I used a 20 moa Egw base and it had plenty of travel in the turrets for adjustments. 50 yards is a little close to zero a 308. Pick up a 20 moa base, zero at 100 and enjoy your rifle