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Tips on zeroing centre fires

Discussion in 'Firearms Certificate (FAC) Guns' started by rabbitraider1, Jul 9, 2014.

  1. rabbitraider1

    rabbitraider1 Engaging Member

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    Hi guys,

    I've recently moved up from rimfires and air rifles to a centre fire and I was wondering if you guys have any tips on zeroing other than going to a range,

    I'm a student and the local ranges all require a probation period and have expensive joining fees and I only hunt these days so it would only be useful for the odd occasion I need to zero (plus range shooting centrefires gets expensive quick)

    I usually use a cardboard box stuffed with old clothes in front of a decent backstop but I don't think this will cut it/be safe for my centrefire,

    Has anyone got any helpful tips?

    Thanks

    Tom
     
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    I simply use a decent size board with a birchwood casey shoot n C targets , 1 inch high at 100 yards which I'm then shooting foxes easy at 200 + . My foxing rifle is a 243 , what's you're caliber ?
     
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    I'm using a 222-250, I was planning on zeroing it about an inch high so its roughly on at 200 and 5" low at 300,

    Do you use anything to break the bullet up a bit so there is less risk of a ricochet? the best back stop I have at the moment is a hill side
     
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    Which is pretty good but there are a lot of sheep and I don't want any risk of high velocity fragments or ricochets hitting anything :p
     
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    I use hornady sst 75gr ballistic tips , ballistic tips fragmentates on impact which therefor you won't get a ricochet plus as you want it safer . Speaking of livestock , just make sure you are a safe distance away from them . Your backstop is fine mate , I take its foxing you will be taking up ?
     
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    Yeh started to see evidence of a fair few foxes around the place, I'm probably worrying a bit more than I should :p Thanks for the help mate
     
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    Hornady vmax 55gr BT are a good rounder for Mr fox In your caliber mate , nothing wrong with being concerned about safety mate . But yeah inch high at 100 allows nicely then 200+ . I personally will only despatch on max 250 yards .

    Here are some recent foxes I've had

    Sorry, to keep the thread on topic about zeroing I've removed your photos Jonesy.....Kyska
     
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    Oh and the birchwood casey targets are available on amazon around 8 quid a pack , personally I think they are ideal as the bullet strike leaves a high florescent around the bullet hole allowing you to easily notice your shot through your optics clearly without having to walk up a down all the time . Remember to zero on a cold barrel which by means allow the barrel cool down completely after each shot otherwise your point of impact will be off .

    Jonesy
     
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    Oops just realised I've posted these images at the incorrect thread which should be in the "hunting" thread . Apologies
     
  10. Elk hunter

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    I aways zero at the middle distance that I intend to shoot at. My 25-06 is used for mainly roe deer and rarely shoot one past 200 yards. So I zero at 150yards, as the round is fairly flat I don't need to mess about when stalking as I don't enjoy sitting and waiting, many shots are taken very quickly kneeling or laying down. 6x42 scope, cross hairs on a roe between 100-200 yards is dead, it works very well.

    This goes the same with all my rifles, but as for a back stop you can not beat a good mound of soil with a target infront. Does not matter wether it is a BT or SP bullet alway zero with a good back stop regardless of what anyone tells you.
    Even if the bullet brakes up passing through a board, it stops any debrie flying.

    Your 22-250 is flat and fast and all I can say is practice from 100 yards to the max distance you intend to shoot. Time on the range is invaluable, get to know your bullets. As my 308 is a very flat round if zeroed correctly, same goes for the .223 zeroed at 100 it's like a stone at 300 it that's the max you intend to shoot at.

    As for expense, my advice is to load the ammo your self, by the time you have bought 200 rounds of factory ammo, it would have paid for a loading kit. Although there is the out lay of powder bullet head primers ect I can load my .223 for under 30p and my 308 around 64p Factory is around £1.50 big saving.

    Andrew
     
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    Nice post Andrew and a spot on answer.
     
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    A simple target holder is to get someone to cut you a few round sections off a tree trunk.
    Bang in four nails so the line up with the corners of your paper and then cut the heads off your nails. Push your targets on to the cut nails.
    You need the natural backstop to be safe incase you miss the tree trunk but these will catch your bullets for a long while.
    When not in use leave it in a hedge bottom.
    Cheers Andy
     
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    You also need to make sure your scope is correctly aligned with your rifle as the distance you are now shooting it will tell more than at rimfire ranges, depending on the mounts will depend on wether you need to center the crosshairs, some mounts will allow you to adjust the windage on the mounts itself.

    I use a 1/2 meter board at 50 yards to start with, remove bolt look down bore this will be a rough idea to check your first shot will hit the board, using a shooting bag take the first shot then clamp the rifle whilst on the bull (better if there are two of you) and move x hairs to bullet hole, a couple more shots then plug holes with masking tape, move back to desired distance then throw a few more down range then fine tune the zero
     
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    Thanks for all the advice guys I really appreciate it.
    I'm hoping to head out on saturday for the first time with my 22-250 which is keeping me going through the week.
     

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