Your zeroing procedure....

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by RevJammer, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. RevJammer

    RevJammer Member

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    Yes, I'm sure it's been done before, but for my sake (as well as those who may be new to shooting); would some of you care to BRIEFLY share your procedure to "zero" your rifle (iron sights / scopes / red dots).

    Hopefully it will be educational!
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Assuming you mean a scoped rifle.

    Place rifle in rest. Target at 25 yards. Fire shot, holding crosshair on center.

    Observe strike of bullet. Put crosshairs back on center, and without moving rifle, turn scope turret knobs to move the crosshairs to where the bullet DID hit.

    Now try it at 50/100 yds.
     

  3. Mercator

    Mercator New Member

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    Briefly.
    1,Boresight it (with magnifying optics). That will put you on paper without wasting ammo.
    2.Benchrest it. Ideally, a vise clamp. Practically, two heavy sandbags will do. Shoot a group of 3.
    3.Adjust the sights. Rear goes the same way as you want your hits (higher means up, etc) Front, if necessary, goes the opposite way. Red dot - same as rear irons. Optics - a 4 way adjustment, see manual.
    4.Shoot another 3. Repeat until dead on.
     
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  4. RevJammer

    RevJammer Member

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    Thanks for the replies... anyone else wanna chime in?


    RJ
     
  5. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    If the scope is already on the rifle I will set a target out at 100 yards and see what happens. If it hits the target I will adjust to center the shot group.

    If I am putting a scope on a rifle for the first time I will remove the bolt and lay the rifle on sand bags on a table. It is just so it sits still. I will put a target out at 25 yards. I look through the bore to see the target. When the rifle is lined up I adjust the scope to center on the target. I put the bolt back in and fire a round. If it hits anywhere near the center I move the target out further. Eventually I get it out to 100 yards and adjust the scope there. At that point I shoot 3 shot groups. Then I use the center of the three shots as my point of impact. I just keep adjusting the scope until the center of the group is in the center of the target.

    Hunting rifles I zero at 200 yards. Everything else I zero at 100.
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i use a combination of C3's method and a bore sighting tool. the boresighter is a valuable tool if you own several rifles with scopes. and can be used to verfy scope adjustments without having to shoot the rifle.

    i also like to use a very large piece of cardboard for a target.
     
  7. angryhart

    angryhart New Member

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    A good bench rest that doesn't move is about the best advice I can give. Get some ratchet tie downs and make it tight to the table.
     
  8. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i will mechanically zero the scope. this means if the there are 120 clicks stop to stop i will set the knob at 60 true for elevation and windage. if the rifle has a canted rail, they come in 10,20,30,40 moa ill set the elevation whatever cant value is down.

    this will almost certainly get you on paper or very close.

    i used to bore sight but dont really bother anymore. if the first shot isnt on paper (extremely rare after a mechanical zero) ill fire one round using the center of each edge as a aimpoint until a shot hits and adjust from there. i like using a 20x20 target.
     
  9. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I will be joining up with Jon soon to zero in my Henry. I want to try to do it myself with Jon's guidance. Thanks to the OP for asking this question. I'm learning from it.
     
  10. ccrow175

    ccrow175 New Member

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    Use a laser bore sight to get reticle in the ballpark, even down a hallway in your home will suffice to get on paper at the range. Head out, use cheap ammo to walk the bullet to the center, then use desired ammo to zero in.
     
  11. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    be out there saturday. wife now has her friesian boarded at a facility like a half mile from the range.

    going to hopefully be shooting a black powder lyman great plains .54cal rifle
     
  12. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    This is me also....
     
  13. MOshooter

    MOshooter New Member

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    I like to start out with a boresighter,normally boresighting will get you on paper at a 100 yards.
    If I'm having problems after boresighting(which is rare) I will move the target closer to the bench at either 25 or 50 yds. until I hit paper,then adjust accordingly.

    If you're scoping in a bolt action and don't have a boresighting tool,you can take the bolt out and sight down the bore,then look through the scope to see if they're close enough to stay on paper.
     
  14. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i tried that one time with my Savage M93r17 in 17 HMR. the bore is so small, that you can't see anything!:eek:
     
  15. MOshooter

    MOshooter New Member

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    That 17 might be just a bit small to see through?? Specially these older eyes! :D lol

    I've had good luck getting on paper by sighting down the bore and then sighting through the glass,we always have the rifle on the bench with lots of sandbags so the rifle won't move.My Dad taught me that little trick years ago,it's amazing how close to bullseye a person can get by using this method.
    I bought a Bushnell boresighter that i've been using for the past 20 years that works well.
     
  16. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I work this Saturday. It would have to be the week after.
     
  17. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i will be out there the following saturday too. :)