If you want to take your rifle accuracy to the next level, sighting it in correctly is essential. Proper sighting means adjusting your rifle’s sights to align with the bullet’s trajectory after it leaves the barrel. Without this step, your shot may miss the intended target or land off the mark. In this post, we will guide you on how to properly sight in your rifle, so grab your rifle, ammunition, and let’s get started.

How to Properly Sight In a Rifle: A Guide for Beginners


Are you a beginner in the world of rifles and guns? Are you tired of shooting and missing targets? Well, don’t worry. Sighting in a rifle is an essential skill that every gun owner should learn. It is essential because, without proper sighting, you may miss your target, or worst yet, injure someone. Therefore, in this article, we will guide you through the steps to properly sight in your rifle to ensure a safe and enjoyable shooting experience.

Step 1: Get the Right Equipment

Before we start, it is important to ensure that you have the right equipment. You’ll need a rifle, ammunition, and a shooting rest. It’s best to start with a shooting rest or a tripod since it will provide you with the necessary stability to ensure accuracy.

Step 2: Bore-Sight Your Rifle

Once you have your equipment set up, you need to bore-sight your rifle. Start by setting your target up at 25 yards. Remove the bolt from the rifle and physically look directly down the barrel. Adjust the rifle until the target is centered in the bore.

Step 3: Align Your Scope

Now that you have bore-sighted your rifle, you need to align your scope. To do this, you’ll have to mount your scope on the rifle if it’s not already. Zero in your scope by adjusting the crosshairs to meet the center of the target. To move the crosshairs up and down, adjust the elevation. To move them right and left, adjust the windage.

To move the crosshairs twenty clicks is equal to two and a half inches. Once you’ve made your adjustments, take your first shot. Then, check your target to see where the bullet hit. Make additional adjustments until the bullet is where you intended it to be.

Step 4: Test Your Accuracy

To test your accuracy, shoot about 17 rounds. Shooting that many rounds will help give you a sense of your gun’s accuracy, making sure it is reliable with good ammunition. As you shoot, make sure the scope and sights are still aligned. Remember, every rifle has its own distinct characteristics, so it may take some time understanding the sweet spot of your gun.


Properly sighting in a rifle is necessary to ensure accuracy and is an essential skill for every gun owner. By following this guide and getting familiar with your rifle and equipment, you will increase your accuracy, hit more targets, and have a safer and enjoyable shooting experience.


Q1. Do I need a shooting rest to sight in my rifle?

A: A shooting rest is recommended as it provides stability, although it’s not an absolute requirement.

Q2. How many rounds should I shoot to test my gun’s accuracy?

A: Shoot about 17 rounds.

Q3. How do I adjust the crosshairs on my rifle’s scope?

A: Use the elevation to adjust up and down and the windage to adjust left and right.

Q4. How do I know when I’ve sighted in my rifle properly?

A: A properly-sighted rifle will have the scope and sights aligned, ensuring accuracy when shooting.

Q5. Can adjusting the trigger or dry firing help me get used to my rifle?

A: Yes, knowing the trigger and dry firing will familiarize you with your rifle, making it easier to use.

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