Windage and Elevation adjustments

img_220912004282017Every rifle scope made of our time often comes with some adjustments that enable the shooters to be able to determine the elevation and the windage support of the bullet impact looking through the scope as he places the bullet on his or her target. In adjusting the knobs of the rifle scope, MOA (minute of angle) is used. 360 degree circle is 21,600 minutes of angle. This means that if your scope shoots 1 minute of angle at a 100 yards, the adjustment will be 1.047 inches. Try to purchase the best scope in the market that fall within your budget range.

Usually, the turret to the side of your scope is what helps you to adjust the windage or what is known as the left- right. The turret on the top is what you use to adjust the elevation or the up-down. However, the turrets will tell you how the adjustments are made relative to the felt clicks and harsh marks. The harsh marks are usually marks or calibrations that are mostly found on the sides of the turrets which enable you to be able to know on where to zero your rifle scope. Thus, you can use either of those, the click or harsh marks to determine how much you are adjusting the scope.

It is important you read your scope turrets which the information is mostly written inside the turret caps. Every scope is different, and some are a quarter of a minute per click, some are half a minute, some are four minutes per click or harsh mark. So, you have to pay attention to the scope and see how it can be adjusted. If let’s say that one click is a quarter of an inch at a hundred yards. It means that one click is a quarter of a minute. Because at hundred yards, one click is about a minute. So quarter inch at about hundred yards is a quarter minute.

So, if you wish to move one minute to the left at fifty yards with the explanation we just made. You will need to make four clicks. Because at fifty yards, one minute is half an inch. But before doing that, you should know to what direction you wish to make this bullet impact. Left or to the right.

Turning the turret clockwise will take your bullet to the right. Counter clockwise to the left. And when doing this, you have to make sure that you are making a good contact with the springs inside the turret. Pay attention, when adjusting the knobs, you will notice the sound that is being generated as you turn the turret. With the help of this sound, you will be able to know how many times you have turned the turret and this is specially made by many rifle scope manufacturers to give shooters a clue of how many times they will need to turn the turret to achieve the required adjustments. Mostly during such adjustments, it is advisable to first turn the turret clockwise and then gradually begin to turn counter clockwise. This will really help to seal your settings when you hit the exact setting you wished for.

After making the adjustments, you will have to do a test shoot to determine whether your settings are being made correctly. This is almost the same thing done when zeroing your rifle scope.

To zero your rifle scope, you will have to place a large paper with visible cross hairs or an object. Place your rifle scope crosshair on the point on the object you wish to shoot. Take a shot. If your bullet did not hit the point intended. Adjust your reticle until it matches the point where your bullet previously hit with the crosshair from your rifle scope reticle centered on the bullet hole.  After that, then gently bring your rifle back to the center of the paper crosshair and then repeat the shot again. Then, note what distance that is applied, and that will always shoot the same distance and accurately anytime. That is how a rifle scope is zeroed. All these are accomplished with the help of the windage and elevation adjustments.


It is required to do proper review and research before purchasing any rifle scope. This will help you to save a lot of problems with adjustments, cost, warranty and lot more after you must have purchased the rifle scope. I hope this review helped you to know how to properly adjust the windage and elevation of any rifle scope you may choose to purchase in the future.

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