Whether I intend to have a fun day at the shooting range or to do some serious hunting, it is essential to properly sight or zero my rifle to ensure I can shoot what I aim at. There are some things hunting enthusiasts like me have to remember to ensure proper sighting of our rifle.
I mount my scope.
I take my rifle and using mounts geared to handle as much recoil as the weapon can generate, I mount the scope. Proper mounting is essential since a lot of things could go wrong if I mount the wrong type of scope to the wrong kind of weapon. I’d be risking having the scope fly off the rifle and causing injury to me or others around me, so I tighten up the mounts and use locktite for the screws, if needed.
I prepare all I need for sighting.
There’s quite a number of items I have to gather together for successful sighting. This includes a padding of some kind to ensure my comfort as well as to protect the rifle’s finish. To reduce error and for extra stability, I always have some sand bags or a rifle rest ready. A hundred rounds of ammunition should be enough to start with. I can ensure smoother sighting with a bore sighter. For adjusting the scope, I prepare some screwdrivers. I also need a good pair of binoculars, some targets, along with a tripod that I can use with the scope.
I boresight my weapon.
On the hunting ground or at the shooting range, I set my target at 100 yards/meters and 25 yards/meters. I affix the rifle on a bipod or tripod or sandbags or some other good method to keep my weapon stable as I sight it. No part of the weapon should be touching a hard surface. Removal of the bolt before looking down the bore is needed when using a bolt-action rifle. I make sure the bore and the target are aligned. When I’m using a single-shot rifle, I open the action. This method doesn’t apply to auto-loader rifles and pumps. I then fix the rifle stand to ensure that I can look through the breech end with the 100-yard target at the exact center in my view. While keeping my weapon from moving, I adjust the scope with the crosshairs aligned on the same object. This signifies my rifle is bore sighted to 100 yards.
I sight to 25 yards.
After bore sighting my rifle, I replace the bolt and set the scope to its topmost magnification level that provides me with a clear image. I breathe to relax, then fire a single round at the center of my 25-yard target.
I then stop firing and check my shots.
I stop firing my weapon. I make sure it is unloaded then I look to my target using a spotting scope or binoculars. I locate the shot grouping and find out what needs to be done when I adjust. For instance, if my bullets landed in the bottom left corner of the target, I move my scope up and to the right. I go through the adjustment process till I can make my shots hit the center.
I sight to 100 yards.
When the barrel has cooled enough, I assume a relaxed and comfortable shooting position again then fire three shots carefully and slowly. I locate the shot grouping again and adjust the sight to ensure that my bullets hit around three inches above the center point of the bulls eye, which gives me the most effective maximum range.