Zero in your scope
Rifles can be zeroed in by shooting a target or a trap at only 10 feet.
- to do it this way it id highly advised that you wear safety glasses as you can be sure ricochets are going to happen.
- Adopt your standard prone shooting position
- Prone is the best way as if you test shoot from the standing or kneeling positions you waver more and its harder to do a true test.
- Make sure your windage and elevation turrets are ready for adjusting i.e. Caps removed.
- Draw 1 or 2 small dots on a piece of cardboard about 6.5 CM apart vertically.
- There's no precision to this step. you just want enough room on the target so no shots are lost. At 10 feet, they cant go far.
- If your scope has parallax adjustment, adjust it as close as it will go. if it has variable power adjust it as low as it will go.
- The aim point will probably be a little fuzzy at this distance.
- Aim at the top dot. expect your first shot to be as much below the dot as the center of your scope is above your gun barrel. If that's 7 Cm then thats how low the shot should go.
- Then take another shot using the same aim point, this is to confirm the aim point as good as you can.
- Keeping in mind where your first 2 shots went, adjust the windage and elevation turrets.
- At only 10 feet this will take a lot of clicks.
- Your objective is to get your shots in line with the lower target dot. Keep shooting and adjusting until you get there.
- Now its time to get serious. Move the targets out to 10 meters (33 or so feet)
- take more shots and see where they land.
- One you have seen where your shots are landing, adjust the widnage till your shots are landing as close to center as they can. remember at this distance it wont take as many clicks so only go a few clicks at a time.
- Once you're aligned correctly at the horizontal level at 10 meters its time to get the vertical zero sorted out
- your shot pattern should be focused around the lower dot
- at longer distances your shots will rise but stay in line side to side.
- Move your target out to 20-30 meters and shoot 5 shots
- if you know what your standard/average shooting range is then set your target at that range
- They should all be pretty close on the top dot now.
- Make any small tweaks to bring them closer to the dot and you're about done
You now know that at less then this range your shots will fall lower then the aim point so you can mentally adjust your aim to compensate.
Also, at about 5 meters further away the pellet will again fall lower then the aim point, so you can adjust again.
It's trial and error basically, but with testing you'll get to where you need to be abe be able to trust that your shots will do where it says they will. this may take some time and alot of shots, but just be patient and you will get it.