How to Sight in a Rifle Scope Presented by Larry Potterfield | MidwayUSA Gunsmithing

Welcome to our blog post on how to sight in a rifle scope, presented by the expert gunsmith and founder of MidwayUSA, Larry Potterfield. If you’re a hunting enthusiast, you’ll know the importance of a well-sighted rifle scope in aiming and hitting your target with precision. In this post, we’ll provide you with expert tips and step-by-step instructions to help you sight in your rifle scope for a better hunting experience. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert marksman, we have something for everyone. So, let’s get started on this informative journey with Larry Potterfield.

How to Sight in a Rifle Scope Presented by Larry Potterfield | MidwayUSA Gunsmithing

Introduction

Sighting in a rifle scope is a crucial step in ensuring an accurate shot. Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or new to the sport, properly sighting in a rifle scope can make all the difference. In this article, we will learn the basic steps to properly sight in a rifle scope with the help of Larry Potterfield, founder of MidwayUSA. Potterfield is an experienced gunsmith with over 40 years of experience in the industry.

Basic Steps to Sighting in a Rifle Scope

To sight in a rifle scope, you must follow a few basic steps. These steps include mounting the scope properly, bore sighting, making adjustments, and verifying the sighting. Here’s how:

1. Mount the Scope Properly

The first step to sighting in a rifle scope is to ensure that the scope is mounted properly. A scope that is not mounted level or has too little or too much eye relief can affect accuracy. Ensure the scope is mounted level, crosshairs are level, and has maximum eye relief.

2. Bore Sighting

Bore sighting is not a substitute for properly sighting in a rifle scope but is a necessary step in the process. Bore sighting involves centering the bullseye by looking down the bore without moving the rifle.

3. Adjust the Crosshairs

After bore sighting, adjust the crosshairs to the center of the target and fire one shot. Ensure that the gun has been displaced from the bore sighting position.

4. Make Adjustments

Turn the turrets to move the crosshairs to the bullet hole without moving the gun. Shoot again to verify sighting and make minor adjustments if needed.

5. Sight in the Rifle at 100 Yards

Sight in the rifle at 100 yards by adjusting elevation and windage. If you intend to hunt from a tree stand that is at a different height than your shooting range, understand that you will have to compensate.

6. Move the Target Back to 50 Yards for Rimfire Rifles

For guns like the Ruger 10/22, use a bore sighter to sight in the gun. After the bore sighting, move the target back to 50 yards for rimfire rifles.

7. Make Necessary Adjustments

Make any necessary adjustments after the first shot and shoot for a group that is centered in the bullseye.

8. Properly Torqued Base and Ring Screws

Properly torqued base and ring screws are necessary for sighting in a rifle scope.

Larry Potterfield Demonstrates the Process

Watch Larry Potterfield, founder of MidwayUSA, demonstrate the process of sighting in a rifle scope in the video.

Conclusion

Properly sighting in a rifle scope is a crucial step that should never be overlooked. By following the basic steps outlined in this article, you’ll be able to ensure accurate shots when hunting or shooting at the range. Remember to always prioritize safety, and if you’re unsure of what you’re doing, seek professional advice.

5 FAQs about Sighting in a Rifle Scope

  1. Is bore sighting necessary before sighting in a rifle scope?
    Yes, bore sighting is a necessary step in sighting in a rifle scope.

  2. How often should I sight in my rifle scope?
    It is recommended to sight in your rifle scope every time you go out to hunt or every six months if your rifle is not being used.

  3. Can I still shoot accurately if my crosshairs are not level?
    No, if your crosshairs are not level, it can significantly affect your accuracy.

  4. Is it hard to sight in a rifle scope?
    It’s not hard to sight in a rifle scope as long as you follow the proper steps, and ensure that the scope is mounted properly.

  5. Can I sight in my rifle scope at any distance?
    It’s best to sight in your rifle scope at a distance of about 100 yards. This distance will vary based on your intended shooting range.

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