How To Sight In Your Riflescope

Are you a hunting enthusiast or a competitive shooter? If so, then you know the importance of having an accurate riflescope. But even the best scoped rifle can be useless if it hasn’t been sighted in properly. In this post, we’ll walk you through the steps on how to sight in your riflescope so that you can hit your targets with precision and confidence. From choosing the right target to adjusting your scope’s turrets, we’ve got you covered. So, let’s get started and ensure that your riflescope is dialed in for success!

How To Sight In Your Riflescope: The Ultimate Guide


Sighting in your riflescope is an essential step to ensure the accuracy of your shots. It is a process of aligning the crosshairs of your reticle with the target, so you can shoot with precision. The process can be intimidating and confusing for some people, but it is an easy task with patience and the right technique. In this ultimate guide, we will discuss how to sight in your riflescope, including the necessary gear, step-by-step procedure, and some pro tips to help you get the best results.

Gear You Need

Before we dive into the procedure, let’s talk about the necessary gear you need to sight in your riflescope correctly. Here’s the list of the things you need:

  • A rifle
  • A front and rear rest
  • Ammunition
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Forbes Model 24 chambered in .308

Step-by-Step Procedure for Sighting in your Riflescope

Now that you have all the necessary gear let’s move on to the step-by-step procedure to sight in your riflescope.

Step 1: Properly Focus the Rifle Scope Reticle and Adjust Parallax for Target Clarity

To start the process, you need to focus on the rifle scope’s reticle and adjust the parallax for clear visibility of your target. Adjusting the parallax is important because it removes the illusionary movement of the reticle, which helps to make accurate shots.

Step 2: Bore Sighting

Before you start sighting in, you need to do some preliminary work with an unloaded gun. This process is known as bore sighting. In this process, you look through the bore of the rifle from the rear end and line up the barrel with the target you want to hit. Then, without moving the rifle, adjust the crosshairs to align with the spot you are aiming at.

Step 3: Take Slow and Consistent Shots

Next, take slow and consistent shots to ensure a good group. It is important to take your time and not rush this process to get the most accurate results.

Step 4: Record Number of MOA Required for Corrections

Count and record the number of MOA (Minute of Angle) required for corrections after firing multiple shots.

Step 5: Elevation and Windage Adjustments

To make an elevation and windage adjustment, you need to dial in MOA clicks. One MOA equals a 1-inch adjustment at 100 yards. So, if you need to correct your shot 2 inches to the right, you need to dial in 2 MOAs to the left.

Step 6: Assess Accuracy by Only Counting the Main Group

When assessing accuracy, it is important to only count the main group and not the flyers. A group is the distance between the two farthest holes shot. The distance between two closest holes represents the precision of the shooter.

Step 7: Optional Step for Dialing Turrets in the Field

If you need to adjust your shooting on the fly, you can dial the turrets of your rifle scope to compensate for elevation and wind. To start, lift the zero stop and dial in the necessary MOA correction. Confirm the correction by shooting at a target and adjusting as necessary.

Step 8: Re-Applying the Zero

If you’re frequently using the turrets to compensate for shooting at different ranges or for wind, you may want to reset the turrets to their original zero. To do this, rotate the turret to zero and lift the zero stop. Using a coin or another tool, turn the turret screw until it stops clicking.

Step 9: Repeat for the Windage Turret

Follow the same process for the windage turret as for the elevation turret.

Step 10: Long-Range Precision Shooting

For long-range precision shooting, you need to be more meticulous in your approach to sighting in your rifle scope. Tightening up your group is essential for long-range shooting, so pay attention to your technique and take your time.

Pro Tips

Here are some pro tips to help you sight in your rifle scope:

  • Use a quality rest for better stability.
  • If possible, shoot at 100 yards for the most accurate results.
  • Always wear eye and ear protection.
  • Take your time, don’t rush the process.
  • Only make one adjustment at a time.
  • Contact Vortex Optics via phone or email for any questions.
  • Follow Vortex Optics on YouTube, Facebook or visit their website.


Sighting in your riflescope is something you need to do before hitting the range. With the right gear and the correct process, you can make the most accurate shots. Take your time, be patient and always put safety first. Now that you know how to sight in your riflescope, it’s time to hit the range and put your new skills to the test.


  1. What is the Model of the gun featured in the article?
    Answer: The gun featured in the article is Forbes model 24 chambered in .308.

  2. What is bore sighting?
    Answer: Bore sighting involves aligning the barrel of the rifle with the target, then without moving the rifle, adjusting the crosshairs to align with the spot you are aiming at.

  3. What is the purpose of MOA?
    Answer: MOA is a unit of measurement used to correct the bullet’s trajectory for wind or elevation.

  4. What should you do to assess accuracy?
    Answer: To assess accuracy, only count the main group and not the flyers.

  5. How can I contact Vortex Optics if I have any questions?
    Answer: You can contact Vortex Optics via phone or email, or follow them on YouTube, Facebook, or visit their website.

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