Zeroing a riflescope is very important in getting optimal precision in shooting. Follow these steps carefully to get the best shot each time.
Installing the mounts
To be able to mount the riflescope to the rifle, the base and rings must be attached first. These will ensure that the scope will be sturdy and steady, especially when in use. It also lessens the need to keep readjusting the scope.
Specific instructions are in the manufacturer’s manual. It’s actually pretty simple. Just position the screws on the scope and tighten. Tighten the screws in an X pattern to avoid pulling the scope or the mount in one direction.
Mount the riflescope on the rifle
Place the riflescope into the bracket, following the manufacturer’s instructions. The eyepiece must be oriented towards the proper direction. Check the level of the scope when laying it over the rifle. Check it with a small torpedo level. Once leveled, tighten the screws. And for various riflescopes should be suitable mounting, more you can look here.
Positioning the eyepiece
Hold the rifle at a shooting stance and set the distance of the shooting eye from the eyepiece. This way, the eyepiece will be at the right position for shooting. Peer through the eyepiece. The image should be clear and sharp if the eyepiece is indeed in the correct position.
Leveling the cross hair
Hold the rifle steady while mounted on a stand. The rifle stock should be level and squared to ground level. Next, start turning the cross hair. The vertical cross hair should be at the top, dead center (at the 12 o’clock position).
Tighten the mounting base
Once the cross hairs are at top and dead center, slowly tighten the mounting rings. Keep everything steady while tightening. Turn the screws one by one, half thread at a time, while continually checking and re-checking that the cross hairs have not moved.
For the most accurate sight-in, shoot the rifle from different locations. For this, time to head to the shooting range. The bull’s-eye of the target is specifically used for zeroing. This has various measurements that can help with making precise adjustments.
Mounting in a rest
Mounting the rifle on a rest eliminates as much of user errors as possible. A rifle may have been properly zeroed but still remain inaccurate because of the shooter’s errors.
Load the rifle. Look through the rifle scope and train the eyesight towards the bull’s eye target. Use proper stock for cheek weld. Maintain the same visual for each shot. Carefully remove the safety off the rifle and take 3 to 5 shots. Take the shot after an exhale. Hold the breath for a split second before firing. Squeeze the trigger firmly while maintaining it steady. Avoid any jerking or any slight movements when squeezing the trigger.
After taking the shots, click the safety and unload the rifle. Then, review how the shots were grouped.
Adjust as necessary
After checking the grouping, make the necessary adjustments on the knobs on top of the riflescope. Fire another round and recheck for accuracy.
Zero the riflescope from different distances
Most shooters would want an accurate sight-in from multiple distances. Focus on distances that might possibly be used in the future. if no idea at all, best to zero at 20 yards and at 75 yards.
Moving towards misses
Adjust the riflescope according to the misses. For example, when missing high, make adjustments so that the scope will go higher. If missing towards the left, make adjustments towards the left. Continue with the adjustments until the shots are regularly hitting the bull’s eye.