A rifle can be made extremely accurate with a properly sighted rifle scope. The target turrets on the rifle scope assist you in “sighting in,” or properly adjusting, the scope to hit targets at whatever distance you choose. For the vast majority of shots made during hunting, a scope can be sighted in at 100 yards and if the target is closer that that or at a greater distance, the trajectory of the bullet will still allow it to still hit the target very close to your point of aim. The target turrets move the cross hairs, or the two lines seen when looking in a scope. One line is vertical and the other is horizontal.
Dial in the scope to that actual mechanical zero and reset your turrets to read ZERO. Mount the scope to the rifle, pack up your gear and go hit the range. Bore-sight the rifle at 100 yards by turning the turrets till what you see in through your rifle bore is what you see in the scope. DO NOT reset your turret caps to Zero. We are just trying to get on paper. Fire whatever series of rounds you need to actually zero the rifle for 100 yards. Once you have achieved this actual zero, take note of how far off this real zero is from your scope's mechanical zero. Write this down in your log. Again, the windage is not particularly relevant because you are never going to use it up. But the elevation is very important. If trying to reach maximum range, you can eat up all the internal adjustment in a scope.
answered 8 months ago
- Springfield, MO
You're setting the turret clicks back to zero but the reticle itself doesn't move when you do this. If you then 'dope your scope' for a particular shot, you can easily recover the base sight-in setting afterwards without counting clicks.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
- Beehive state
You set your turrets to zero after you zero your scope so that if you ever adjust your elevation or windage for a long shot you can easily return your scope to how it was zeroed. If you never use your turrets once your scope is zeroed zero reset turrets have no added value but since laser rangefinders have become common, many hunters are shooting distances where they need to adjust their turrets.
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answered 3 years, 7 months ago
- Hillsborough, NC