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How To Sight In Your Riflescope: Part 1

Instructional two-part series on how to sight in your riflescope, including basic setup, safety, and bore sighting.


AXXOTEKK asked What is a good rifle for my first gun?

I am thinking about buying a remington 700 sps in 308 to start off, and when I have enough I’ll add a scope sometime later on. What are some are other good cheap rifles you would recommend?

Oh and how is the recoil on a .308? I am about 6’0 and 140 lbs do you think I could handle it well?

And got the following answer:

Honestly….you should take a few training and safety classes first…. no matter what the armchair elitist say. It will help you and may save your life or that of someone else.

There is much to learn before buying a big gun.

You need to start with a .22lr bolt action to learn all the basics…..which are numerous and may take some time to get down to a science. Only then should you move up to a bigger gun.

This will also save you money and your shoulder when you sit at the range and put 200-300rds down range.

.22lr ammo is cheap and has very little recoil.

I don’t know your age but, you are big enough for a .308 or 12ga. I started at 11 with those and do not to this day find either one a problem to shoot.

john h asked How do make a scope for your bb gun(not a airsoft gun).?

My bb gun is a rifle and I want to increase my accuracy with a homemade scope(not store bought). I have my reasons.

And got the following answer:

here try this sight it is for a finder scope but it will give you the basics

I’m Gonna Tell You asked What do you think about a woman learning to hunt?

My husband doesn’t show any interest in hunting at all. I learned at a young age how to shoot with very good accuracy (rifles with my dad and pabst beer cans–we’d aim for the ends of the ribbon) Recently the season opened and I’m feeling like I’m missing out. I never field dressed a deer, or hacked one up- how do I learn how to do all the stuff after I get one?

I have some good recipies for venison too. So cooking isn’t a problem for me.
I’m in Michigan, hunting is imperitave to keep the population of deer down. My Dad lives nearly 3 hours away in central Indiana; he also takes care of my sick step mother (she’s kinda a baby he says). My husband said that me hunting with men is OUT of the question, maybe if there was a ladies hunting guild or something, he’d be good with that. I wonder how many women hunt? Sounds like another question comming on!

And got the following answer:

I think you should try it out. Let me just throw some basics out there. First you will need a legal weopan. If a rifle in your state is legal, then I would suggest that. Basically hunter’s use bows, crossbows, rifles, handguns, muzzleloaders and shotguns to hunt. In my opinion, a bolt action rifle is about the easiest to hunt and be safe with. I know that weeds alot of other good weopans out quick, but a bolt action rifle will do the job. Reccomendation: Savage 10FCM Sierra, Model 16FCSS, or maybe Model 14 American Classic in 308. There are many other Savage models and other makers which make fine guns, but this is a quick preferance. They are both Savage models in 308win with a black plastic stock and a detachable magazine. When possible, I prefer a detachable magazine for hunting so I can carry an extra in my vest for a quick reload. While this is important, other things have always made me end up with a rifle without one.

Next, scope. . .Get a Leupold, but other cheaper options exist. I don’t own Lepold myself, but most swear by them. I have 2 scopes: 1 Simmons because my gunsmith thought that no other brand held up as well on my pistol and 1 Burris XTR 3 – 12 because no other maker offered as good of glass and specs for the price. For a first attempt at hunting, you will only shoot with a single zero. For that, I would look at a 1″ scope with about a 40mm objective and 4x or 6x fixed magnification. My reccomendation: Leupold 6×42 FX-III Riflescope with German #4 reticle or the much cheaper Weaver 6×38 Classic K6 Series Rifle Scope also has a good name. My dad has a Weaver K series from the 50’s, but they were probably American made then. Not sure now.

Extras. . .Get good binoculars. You can spend >$2500 on these, but $150 – $400 will get you a good set of porro prism binos. Roof type will cost an additional $200. Stay away from anything in a blisterpack.

Rangefinder. Not sure if this is something wanted or not, but a $200 rangefinder can be a huge help to someone trying to figure out how far away a deer is. Imagining football fields is hard at best. BTW. . .Usually, you range next to the animal, not the animal.

Clothing. For starters jeans and warm clothing will do with an orange top to keep you legal. After that, local conditions and how close you want to get will be your guide. A note on scent control. If you have the wind at your back, nothing works for scent control. With the wind at your face anything is good enough for scent control. With no wind and swirling wind, scent control can help. Beware of that $500 scent free super camo. Camo is similar. If you are silloueted, nothing will camo you. If you are buried in shadows, no camo is needed. Most other times camo can help a non-moving hunter quite a bit, if downwind.

Stands. A good camo netting over bushes will be enough cover for a blind if you will sit and hunt. Tree stands allow you to see more. Walking slow will allow you to see more in big country like out west. No need at first.

A good hunting partner. Invaluable. A good hunting partner is great for exchanging ideas, helping you see more game and finding quality places to hunt.

GPS. These are relatively new, but a good one will keep you from loosing the truck. and allow you to go where you want to hunt, instead of wandering around in circles which can happen.

Keep practicing shooting and give hunting a try.

Robert asked What is the cheapest long range cartridge to practice with?

I recently bought a rifle in .308 and the cost of the ammo is prohibitive not to mention it’s rare nowadays with people buying up ammunition like crazy. I’d rather save more what I buy in .308 for hunting and less frequent target shooting. Is there a cheaper and more available 500+yards cartridge that I could buy a rifle in so could hone my skills with adequately as I am fairly novice?

And got the following answer:

Hello Robert!

Welcome to long range shooting, and the reality that its not cheap!

You have to realize, that you have already selected what is (for the most part) the best, most efficient non-magnum cartridge for long range shooting that there is. No matter what cartride you select, you will have to acquire first an appropriate rifle in that chambering (an added expense),plus you then incur the added expense of acquiring the ammunition for it, which has become cost prohibitive with the current panic buying!

If you decided to go with a new (to you) rifle in a more affordable caliber, I would not go with something that is military surplus, since the rifles are most likely “tired” and the surplus ammo for it may be as tired, and not developed for long range accuracy. The first objective one seeks in long range shooting is a “higher degree” of success, which means that you are looking for more accuracy, and surplus battle ammo is not going to provide the consistency you desire. With this said, you want to consider an “efficient, low cost” cartridge. The .223 Remington is pretty much what the doctor would order in this situation, but your typical “off the shelf” Remington SPS 700 Varmint is still not equipped for this proposition.

The “nitty gritty”.
If you look at a more efficient cartridge, I would strongly suggest you consider a “handloaded” .223 with a Hornady 80 gr A-Max or (my preference) a Sierra 80 gr MatchKing. The problem here, is that you need to improve the rifle firing it. An “off the shelf” Remington Model 700 SPS Varmint comes equipped with a 1:12″ twist barrel, and the 80 gr bullets require a barrel with a twist no slower than 1:8″. Let’s say you acquire a Remington Model 700 SPS Varmint from Cabela’s for $600, you would then need to re-barrel it with a 1:7″ or 1:8″ barrel. A Douglas in either twist will run you about $700, installed. You are up to $1300, without considering either a new: stock, trigger, or scope, plus you haven’t factored in the reloading equipment to “roll your own”!

If money were not an issue, you would not have posed your question, so we have to look at the economic reality … building an accurate “efficient” rifle to fire an “efficient” cartridge is not in the budget … but if it were, I would adapt a .223 to become a long range rifle!

Bottom line, as Lana was the first to suggest, have you considered reloading? For about the price of a Remington Model 700 SPS rifle, you can get yourself a high quality reloading set-up! If you buy your components in bulk, your per round cost will drop. Before the recent surges in panic buying, I could reload a “match grade” round of .223 for about $0.60 a round, versus about $0.75 a round for .308. Loook at the basics, you will need about 25 grains of powder to propel an 80 gr match bullet in .223, versus about 42 grains of powder to propel a 175 gr match bullet in .308. [A .30-06 has more airspace in it than a .308, which can impair consistent accuracy.] Depending on where you find them, primers are running between $30 and $50 a thousand. Brass (when you can find it) is running about $25 a hundred (new). Bullets, when you can find them, are getting out of this world for price. While box stores (i.e.: Cabela’s and Pro Bass) sell components at a discount, they don’t have them. I found that the Sierra on-line store has most of the bullets I would want, but they are being sold at MSRP, maybe $30 a box more (in bulk) than the box stores.

If I were you, I would take the money you would have to spend for a base rifle, and invest it in a good reloading set-up, and begin reloading your .308s. Lean toward BTHPs (i.e.: MatchKings) for the long range accuracy, which makes you a better long range shot faster. When you reload, you will appreciate what goes into making your ammo more, and you will subconsciously strive to make each shot count more than what you did before.

As an aside, I was an avid competitive shooter prior to my accident in 2007, which left me disabled. Just because I am disabled, does not mean I am giving up competitive shooting. I tried to get back in the game with my .30s, but found it too taxing for my injuries. I know I can do the game with a modified match rifle, so I did my research. I went to the NRA’s National Championships at Camp Perry this past summer, and surveyed the 1,000 yard line, finding that the .223 was not only becoming more popular for shooting at 1,000 yards, it was becoming more effective. Hence, my decision to build a long range match rifle in .223 Remington. The round is a capable 1,000 yard round, if you have the right rifle and the right load!

Good luck and good shooting!