Sight In a Rifle Scope
To learn how to sight in a rifle scope, you’ll need the right information and tools, and you’ll need to pay close attention to safety. Taking the time to set up your scope will make it much easier to shoot. If you make these seven changes to your rifle scope, your aim will improve immediately.
Make sure that your scope is set up correctly.
Most modern rifles have a place for a scope to be attached. Your rifle may already have holes for scope bases that have been drilled and tapped, or it may have a grooved rail system like the Weaver or Picatinny. You should ensure that the scope mount and rings are the right sizes for your rifle. Different kinds of scope bases only work with certain kinds of scope rings. These parts must go together.
Set the eye distance
Set up your eyepiece so you can see a clear image. You’ll need to fine-tune the scope and ensure the eye relief is just right (the distance between the end of the scope and your eye).
When you are aiming your rifle scope, eye relief is a very important part. You must ensure that your eye is far enough from the scope so that when you fire a shot, the recoil doesn’t hit your eye. Depending on the type of gun and ammunition, the recoil could cause the gun to bounce back and hit your eye, causing serious damage. This is what we call “Getting Scoped.”
The Range 702 in Las Vegas is a good place to work on your aim. Our rifle shooting range has experts who can show you how to set up your scope for the perfect shot.
For your rifle’s scope to work right, you need to be in a stable shooting position. You can put your rifle on a shooting bench with a mount or use a bipod. Either way can get the job done, but a rifle mount can reduce the recoil by up to 95% and keep your rifle steady on its target.
Setting the reticle in place
When zeroing in their scope, most shooters don’t think about how their reticles are lined up. However, this is an important part of getting ready to shoot and should not be skipped.
“Reticle Cant” means that your scope’s crosshairs are not perfectly aligned with the elevation and windage adjustments. For example, if your reticle is tilted, your shots might go right or left of the target. This is especially true when you are more than 250 yards away from the target. How to Sight In a Rifle Scope
Set your M.O.A. (Minute of Angle)
Moa stands for “minute of angle,” the same as the minute hand on a clock with 360 degrees. Each minute equals 1/60 of a degree, letting you choose precise angles to shoot from. There are several steps to setting your zero.
You might find it easiest to do it at an outdoor shooting range since you’ll need to set up targets at different distances beyond 50 yards. You also need a mount to keep your rifle steady while fine-tuning your M.O.A.
Then, most rifle scopes will let you change the crosshairs in 1/4 MOA steps. When sighting in at 100 yards, this is the same as moving 1/4″ per click. Most hunters use click values of 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch M.O.A.
At 100 yards, you need to turn the elevation or windage knob four clicks to move the bullet’s point of impact by one inch or one M.O.A. For every 100 yards further away, the click value goes up by 1/4 inch.
Fire groups of three shots
Shoot in three groups, then note where each shot hit the target. Depending on what you want to do with the gun, you may want to set the sights a little high at 100 yards and shoot dead centre at 200 yards. You have a choice. If you know your M.O.A., you’ll be able to adjust to different distances from your target.
- Keep Making Adjustments
Try shooting from different distances and keep doing it until you can hit groups of shots that are very close to the bullseye. After you get good at that, you can try to hit targets farther away. For each shot, you’ll need to think about the rifle scope, the distance to the target, and things like the wind.