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Help understanding my scope please

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by matt_rayner8, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. matt_rayner8

    matt_rayner8 Engaging Member

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    Sorry but i know these are probably stupid questions but i am new to shooting.

    I purchased a second hand BSA r-10 .177 and it has a Hawke Eclipse 3-9x50ir scope. It has mil dots.
    I need some help understanding the scope. I plan on using it for hunting rabbits, crows and pigeons.

    What distance should i zero it at?

    Do I leave the magnification set to one setting? If so which would be best for my purpose?

    If you change the magnification does it change where it's zero distance is?
     
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    Hello Matt,

    Zero range is up to you. Most people will zero to about 30 yards, although it's best to start at maybe 20 yards if you're new to shooting and see how you get on. Once you can get an acceptable group at this range you can then move outwards. It's entirely up to you what distance you decide on; there are as many preferences as there are shooters.

    As for the magnification, that's whatever you're comfortable with for each shot. Some people never touch their mag, others adjust it frequently. Adjusting the mag will do certain things, like changing the depth of field available and increasing the noticeable amount of wobble as you use higher mags. 6x seems to be quite popular, probably because it's usually somewhere near the middle of the scale. 10x is good for working out what you mildots will do to your POI (that's Point Of Impact). The zero'd distance will not change (well, it shouldn't!).

    Finally, when you say magnification, I assume you're talking about the eyebell lens, not the Objective lens which is used to adjust focus on some scopes?
     
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    Hi mate, the scope on my Air Arms S400 is set at 35yds. It's a 3-9x40 and I tend to leave it set at max as a rule, only reducing it when necessary. Adjusting the zoom shouldn't affect the zero.
     
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    As above then just use targets set out at different ranges to work out your aimpoints(mildots)if you change your magnification your mildot aimpoints will be different! Atb jw
     
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    Sorry, forgot to mention this!
     
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    Just find a magnification that you can group well with at your chosen zero range then practice the different ranges on using mildots until you get each range grouped 5 shots covered by a 5p coin.and leave that mag where it is.
     
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    If your a new shooter before you go hunting practice practice then more practice on paper targets all at different distances, I'm a relative new shooter but I had a good three months on the range working on my aim points, only when I was sure I could get a good shot between 15 and 45yds did I start hunting as for zero mine is 35yds.
    Get to know your gun and scope very well then you can enjoy your sport , please note this is just my opinion but it worked well for me.
    ATB.
     
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    Chubber makes good points here and you can do a lot worse than to follow his advice. You could also download Chairgun and see how different zero settings affect your near zero and how the pellet is higher or lower either side of both zeros.
    atb
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  9. matt_rayner8

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    When i mentioned magnification i didnt mean the part closest to my eye which changes the focus. I meant the next part that you can adjust which has number 1-9 on it.

    I have been using it on 4 as it seems to be in focus but i have only been trying it out in the garden which is 15 yards.

    I think i will find one setting i like and stick to it so i can work out what differences a mil dot makes at different distances.
     
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    If you treat the 15yds you are using in your garden as your near zero and your rifle is adjusted to that then I would suggest you go out onto a range or wherever is suitable for you and put out targets at around 30 yds and adjust them nearer or further until you are zeroed. Then you will have your two zeros without any further adjustment of the rifle .
    Hope this makes sense
    Dag
     
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    Hi Matt,

    Yes, we're talking about the same thing then - the occular magnification adjustment.
     

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