DB’s Thoughts on Hunting

by david on May 24, 2012

Have you ever zeroed a scope with just one shot?  Is zeroing a scope with just one shot even possible?  I can honestly answer both questions with an honest yes.  The only problem with a one shot zero is you have to have a partner, a very steady rest, and to be able to bore sight your rifle.  Here is how to do it.  First, bore sight the rifle.  There are any number of store-bought items to help you do this and are great if you have one.  If you do not have one, you can do it the old-fashioned way by removing the rifle’s bolt and looking down the bore (you are out of luck with a semi auto or lever gun).  After bore sighting and leaving the scope’s turret caps off the rifle, place it on the very steady shooting rest, take a bead on the bull’s-eye, and squeeze the trigger.  If you properly bore sighted your rifle, the bullet will strike the target somewhere close to the bull’s-eye.  If you have not already done so, turn the scope’s magnification up so you can see the bullet hole and return to your original point of aim, meaning the bull’s-eye.  Here is where your partner comes in.  While you hold the rifle so it will not move, have your partner gently turn the scope’s adjustment knobs to move the cross hairs from the bull’s-eye to the point of impact.  Since the scope is now looking at the point of bullet impact, your scope is now zeroed.  It sounds crazy but if you stop and think about it, it makes sense.  This can be a real hunt saver if you find your scope out of zero, you are in the middle of nowhere and do not have plenty of rounds handy to sight in the old-fashioned way.

See you in the veld,

David B

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