Sighting & zeroing a .22lr

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Vincine, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    So my scope came in and I mounted it on my (only) rifle. I still have to sight & zero it. The rifle has a bi-pod. Which should I do?

    Get a rear bag (kitty litter?), boresight it (Can you even see a target through a a .22 barrel?), zero it, and walk it out to 100 yards?
    OR;
    Should I just buy a (good) muzzle laser, get my 50 and then my 100 yard zeros?

    Which would you rather do?
     
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  2. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    If it is a bolt rifle . Pull the bolt and look thru the bore at something bright in color and adjust the scope to line up left to right if needed. Up and down not so much right now. Most respectable scope will be centered. Place a large impact target at 25 yards and start right there. Shoot several mags before you do anything. If your a cleaning guy clean after each first mag full. After 20 to 30 roundare fired adjust as needed. Start a log on scope setting, ammo used and group size. Move to 50 yards . Depending on ammo your shots may be 2" low at 50 yards. Adjust, make notes on how much ajustment with that ammo and group size then go for 75 or 100 yards and repete. Drop at 100 yards can 5 1/2 to 7 inchs. Just keep a log on what your shooting and how it shoots with adjustments. From there find the ammo your rifle likes best that you can aford to shot. Besure you don't lead your bore with copper coated bullets or a dry cheap ammo till you have a few hundred rounds fired.
     

  3. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Unless you're using a true match grade rifle, and match ammo, 100 yards is a little optimistic for a .22.


    My Anschutz sporter with 4X Leupold is sighted at 75 yards with RWS R-50.
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Agree w/ Locutus. Most .22 LRs are intended for 50 yd zeroes.

    My technique is crude but works. At 25 yards, large target, from benchrest (and yes, bipod and bag of litter can work) put crosshairs on center of target. Fire 3 shots, using exact same point of aim. Measure how far off from center the strike of the bullets is- then move crosshairs number of clicks needed to move strike to point of aim. Fire another 3- you should be close to point of aim. Adjust as needed, refire for confirmation. Move to 50, refire, adjust.
     
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  5. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    I have 2 box stock savage bolt rifles, well ones now my daughters. Both will shoot under an 1" at 100 yards with better match grade ammo. Do not underestimate them. Rimfire matchs shoot out to 200+ yards at steel. Got to know whats happend at distance if you wish to play at the range in these match's. One of the guys has a 10/22 that looks stock, it ain't, but with a reciever site he can ring that 6" gong ever time at 175 yards\ all day long I think. Don't use the high velocity ammo. It goes wild when it slows below the speed of sound at around 75 yards. Wolf/sk , federal 922a is rws r-50 loaded in germany for federal. Maybe some cheaper federal matchlike 711b may shoot well enought to be pleased with at 100 yards too.
     
  6. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    Okay; it's a Savage Mk II w/a PFI 3-9x32mm rimfire scope. The scope has a BDC marks every 20 yards from 40 out to 200 for 1200-1300 fps ammo. It also has wind hashes for 2.5, 5, 7.5 and 10 mph. I got it teach myself wind before/if I go to larger calibers. We'll see how it goes.

    Next question; What brand of kitty litter for the bag is best? ;)

    (edit to add)
    We had some serious gusts yesterday. The wind’s still been between 5 & 20 mph today and it looks it’s going to do that into the weekend. Fair winds & following seas good are for sailing. For sighting in, I think not so much.
     
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