How to Sight in a Rifle Scope
Sighting in a rifle scope is definitely a must in many cases. But how to approach such a task? What to do if you’re an inexperienced shooter, or simply have never had to sight in a scope?
The main thing is not to let it bother you. Important as it is, sighting in a scope is hardly a difficult task. There is a difference between importance and complexity.
Before you even attempt to sight it in, make sure that the scope is completely level. This is not just so you could sight it in faster. Should the scope not be leveled carefully, the recoil might disrupt your efforts.
The first you need to do is to do nothing for a while. How come? Well, you simply need to wait for good weather. You shouldn’t try sighting a scope if it’s windy outside. The only exception to this is if you have access to an indoor firing range.
The reason for that is obvious. The wind can interfere with sighting the scope in. The result could be quite dissatisfying.
After that, you can level the scope if you haven’t done so before.
Leveling the scope is only one thing you should do, but it has nothing to do with sighting a scope in, not directly. Bore sighting, on the other hand, is part of the process.
To boresight a rifle, unload it first and make sure that the barrel is not obstructed. After all, you are going to be looking through the bore. You might need to remove the bolt of the rifle as well. After you can easily see through the bore, mount the rifle and center the bore on the target. After that, you can center the reticle of the scope on the same mark.
Now, you can proceed with test shooting. It is best to shoot at a minimal distance at first, though a point-blank shot would serve no purpose. A distance of 20-30 yards would be most optimal. You can technically shoot at 100 yards. However, it might prove useless without initial zeroing in. Remember, your task is to sight the scope in. You can’t do that if the bullet doesn’t even hit the target. That is why you should start up close and then gradually move away from the target or simply use the targets further away.
After you are done, your scope will be sighted in. That’s it.
Things to Consider
Make sure that the rifle is as immobile as possible. With a greater level of immobility, it should be possible to achieve a perfect result, or at least, a result perfect for your rifle. That’s what many people think of but also what they disregard after considering how much effort that requires. Don’ be one of them.
Make sure that your ammunition is uniform. While super-precision is not required, a slight difference can still affect the results.
Aside from the rifle and the scope, which you already have, you would also need several less essential but still important items. For instance, you would need a stand to ensure perfect immobility. A target is also required, preferably a dedicated one.
A range finder and binoculars are also vital. A rangefinder helps to adjust the scope since one click changes the aim by a fraction of an inch at a certain distance, usually a hundred yards. When you know how far the target is, it becomes simple.
You will need binoculars to register a hit.
Recommended Extra Equipment
This dedicated sight-in target can offer many advantages over “standard” targets and most other sight-in targets.
Like many targets of this type, it comes with a one-inch grid that immensely helps with adjusting your aim. But that’s not all. By itself, it’s a good thing to have but definitely not essential. Thankfully, it can offer more. The board is quite heavy-duty, and it can serve for a long time, and each shot will be highly noticeable. That’s good for those who don’t want to go all the way to the target and back after each shot.
The target works perfectly fine with low-power guns, such as even BB guns.
It is a great tool for sighting a scope in. It is less suitable for target practice. If you don’t need to sight in your scope, this target might be useless for you. Otherwise, this is exactly what you need. It will save you time and effort. A good choice.
In truth, any binocular is suitable for this task. But why not get an excellent one while you’re at it?
The Nikon Prostaff is not a very expensive binocular, which is, nevertheless, a high-quality one. This model can offer superb clarity and perfect colors. The space between the eye and eyepiece is adjustable, which allows the device to be used at the most comfortable distance.
The binocular is rubber-armored. This serves two purposes. First, the armor can protect the glass and other delicate parts from an impact. Second, it serves to ensure a better grip.
The Nikon 16002 is as good for target-spotting as any. But it will also make a great purchase for when you’re finally going hunting. It is one of the best binoculars a hunter can choose.
If you don’t want to get a scope with a rangefinder, you can get this standalone solution. For a very moderate price, you can get a whole lot. It comes with a weather-protected rubber armor. It also protects the rangefinder from impacts.
Although you would not need it for the purpose of zeroing in, the device is equipped with anti-reflective lenses. While not useful for the firing range, they can be invaluable for a real-life situation. The rangefinder is well-protected again dust and moisture and is, in fact, waterproof. Lightweight and compact, it is simply one of the best rangefinders money can buy.
This Vortex product can be focused with high precision, which allows measuring distance more efficiently.
A good solution for zeroing in and even a better one for actual hunting.