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Question Zeroing ???

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by bunnyblatter, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. bunnyblatter

    bunnyblatter Pro Poster

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    Just a quickie people.
    What would be the optimum range to zero my mamba lite in 3-12X44 on my HW100KT in .22

    I have tried chairgun but I couldn't get to grips with it.

    So HW100 running at 11.4ftlb with air arms field pellets which would be the first line the pellet will cross at the cross hairs

    Any help greatly appreciated. I think I remember someone telling me it was 18 yards
     
  2. mattyts

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    Our PCPs are zeroed at 35 yard and run approx 11.3 ftlb with the pellet we use in that gun,my sprigers are zeroed at 15 yard and pistols 10.

    Try 30 or 35 as a starting point.
     
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    It's a matter of personal preference but Chairgun suggests that to use a 1" kill zone you should zero at 28 yards, the first zero point will then be 11 yards - this assumes a scope height of 1.75". It may also depend on your scope and the reticle type plus magnification that you use. If you use something about 28/30 yards you won't be far out.
     
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    I normally zero at 30 but for some reason I recall being told the best distance for 1st zero was 18 yards.

    What would be the second zero if 18 yards was the first

    Cheers again all
     
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    I zero .177 at 35yds and when I use to shoot .22 they were zerod at 28yds atb
     
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    What was the first zero if the final one was 28 yard ES ?

    Is it roughly 11-13 ?

    Cheers
     
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    I think it was but I havent shot .22 for quite a few years now but believe it was 13
     
  8. bunnyblatter

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    Cheers mate
     
  9. Nige4927

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    Depends what your zeroing for. If it's HFT the I would zero around 15 yards as this is the closest HFT target and should give you something around 30 yards for second zero. Then learn your hold overs and understand for everything in between.

    If it's for hunting you want to zero at the optimum distance you want to get to your quarry. In my case it's 40 yards. I try to stick to this distance when stalking and have become very accurate at judging this distance. I will even spot a woody on a barn roof say and judge it to be around 25 yards and move back until at a 40 yard range. This works well for me and as I'm shooting .177 it helps because at that range some of the energy of the pellet has been scrubbed off meaning less over penetration and cleaner kills.
     
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  11. bunnyblatter

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    Thanks mate its a .22 and I think I'll be zeroing at 35 yard and just keep testing the first zero as I'll be doing a lot of close range shooting soon (20 yards) ish

    Lovely looking ferret / polecat in your avatar pic by the way
     
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    That's a new one on me. How is does less penetration give cleaner kills.?? Are you sure it's reduced penetration and not the fact you are more accurate at your zero range that give the cleaner kills.
    Would it not be easier to use Mildots and just aim off at 25 yards.
    Cheers Andy
     
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    I have to agree with Andy.
     
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    I zero used to zero my .22 at 27 yds, but changed at 23yds to suit the scopes reticle. Unlike the Mamba, mine doesn't have any hold under marks, also tweaking the magnification and zero got the range of the hold over marks to nice round figures that are easier to remember. Around 28yds is a decent starting point, but its worth having a play round to see what suits you and the scope.
     
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    Just my experience with .177 I find at closer range the pellet passes through at such rate it does less damage than it does at longer ranges with less energy in the pellet.. I've started experimenting with different pellets like the ones with the cross cut in them..

    Anyway just my experience not saying there's any science behind it or that I'm right..
     
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    I zero all my guns (.177 & .22) at 30yds and paperpunch till spot on and make a range sticker for the stock
     

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