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How do you zero your scope? what's the best ways?

Discussion in 'Target Shooting' started by ShayF, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. ShayF

    ShayF Junior Member

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    As the title says what are the best way's? is a vice a good way?
     
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    Okay cheers
     
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    The best way is too difficult. I just shoot, adjust, shoot,adjust, shoot,adjust, shoot,adjust, shoot,adjust, shoot,adjust, shoot,adjust, shoot,adjust, shoot,adjust, shoot,adjust, shoot,adjust, shoot,adjust, shoot,adjust, shoot,adjust, shoot,adjust, shoot,adjust, shoot,adjust, shoot...
     
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    so what do i start of with, like a dot try and hit that dot,? and if i dont adjust it so i do and then keep it in the same position still?
     
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    Fire at bullseye or dot ect , resight on target centre the adjust the crosshairs to sit on the hole your shot made , then move crosshairs back to bullseye and you should be pretty close then just fine tune with a click or 2 as needed :up:
     
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    Cheers pal how do I keep it dead still?
     
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    Firstly the easy method depends on whether you have a pcp or a springer. Either way you need a workmate or vice or something similar to clamp the rifle firmly in place. Ypu can't hope to shoot a springer from a clamp with any degree of accuracy but it will be ok with a pcp.
    Set up your target at no more than 10 yards to start with and take a couple of shots at a mark, with a springer using the artillery hold or you could clamp a pcp. When you have taken a couple of shots, using the same aim point each time, and you are happy that the shots aren't fliers etc then you go on to stage 2. Do not adjust anything yet but clamp the gun firmly adjusting it so that the crosshairs are exactly on your aiming point - take your time over this. Now adjust the scope turrets until the crosshairs are over the pellet hole and you should be quite close to a zero.
    Move your target out to 20 yards and repeat and then you should be able to zero at your chosen range quite easily as it should only need a few clicks to get you spot on, you can do this without the vice, just shooting in your normal way.
    When you adjust the scope with the rifle in the vice make a note of which way you need to turn the turrets to go up/down/left/right/
    The reason for starting at 10 yards is to make sure that you do actually hit the target area straight away, a sheet of paper at least A4 with a black cross in the centre is probably the best type of target to start with.
     
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    Okay what to use as a backstop? and what would be best for my stoeger x20 suppressor? (springer)
     
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    I use an cardboard box full of old padded envelopes for the target box. Behind that I have some chipboard which is soft enough to catch most pellets without rebounds.

    I personally adjust left/right windage on the scope until I'm hitting the centre line of the target repeatedly. Then worry about the up/down adjustment to get trained onto the bullseye afterwards.

    You may need to change your target paper several times during this process.
     
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    A concrete slab...

     
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    Have you got it zeroed yet?:eek:
     
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    not yet will do tomorrow :d
     
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    It's not been the best weather for zeroing outside to be fair. Strong winds and rain...
     
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    Yea, I done it a little but will need to be done in better weather and a bit of fine tuning.
     
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    Don't zero it at first! Learn to shoot a good grouping then work on zeroing. Otherwise you'll just end up chasing your tail!
     
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    You can't shoot a grouping until your rifle is zero'd. It's impossible.

    You need a calm day. 30 yd white target laid out with small circles on it. Peg it to the target holder and also place a playing card next to it, a red one, say 7 of hearts. Now use a rest/target bench/bag and adjust your AO scope to read the red card really crisp. The red should look red, not purple or pink. Once you have paralaxed your scope shoot a pellet at the white target. Aim for that pellet mark again and see where your next pellet goes. If it is down, adjust your top turret until the next pellet is bang on. You get the idea. Then 15 yds will be the same near as damn it. Aim over for 40 yds etc. Basic zeroing.

    Cheers
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    Rubbish! It just means that your group won't be at your point of aim!!!
    You'll still get a grouping!

    Every rifle I've ever Zeroed has been done this way! Everything from my .22RF right up to my .303 No.4 (T)!
     
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    Okay cheers guys keep it civil haha
     

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