How To Sight in a Hunting Rifle March 19 2013

Having a properly sighted in hunting rifle is essential if you want success on your next hunting trip. T-REIGN’s helpful step-by-step guide to sighting in a hunting rifle will help you to hit your target and find hunting success. 

Find a Safe Place to Shoot

Sighting in a rifle scope will require you to shoot a few bullets; make sure you find a location where it is safe and legal to shoot. Always follow the recommended safety precautions and use protective gear (like ear and eye protection). T-REIGN tethers and ProCases are great for keeping your expensive gear and devices safe on the hunt, but they can also be valuable tools at the rifle range for keeping essentials like binoculars or sighting scope close at hand.

When sighting in a rifle, accuracy is important. A solid shooting bench and either sandbags or a gun rest will make your job much easier. Also make sure your sight is properly mounted before you make any adjustments or fire any shots.

Adjusting Your Sight

Most gun sights have two different adjustments: windage (adjusts from left to right) and elevation (adjusts up and down). Typically each click of the dial will move your position (or point of impact) 1/4 inch on the target at 100 yards.

Bore Sight

Bore sighting is a simple way to reduce the number of shots needed and the amount of time required to sight in a gun, especially if you have a bolt action rifle. Simply remove the bolt, look down the bore and center your target in the opening. Then look through your scope and adjust so your crosshairs are also centered on the target. This one step often helps your first shot to hit the target, saving you a lot of adjustment down the road.

Fire a Test Shot

Load a single bullet into your rifle’s chamber. Aim at the target (making sure your gun is resting on your rest or sandbags) and pull the trigger. This first shot will serve as a baseline for determining adjustments.  

Adjust the Scope

Look down range and see where your shots are hitting. I like to use a pair of good binoculars for this task, but you can also use a sighting scope if you have one.

Turn the dials on your scope moving the crosshairs from your original intended point of impact to your actual point of impact. For example if your shot hit the target 2 inches high and 1/2 inch to the left, you’ll adjust the scope down and to the right. The crosshairs will move in the opposite direction, so if you adjust left, they’ll move right. Stop adjusting when the crosshairs are centered on the actual point of impact on your target.

Shoot a Test Group

Now aim again and fire a group (at least 3) of shots at the target. This will help you to see if your gun is properly sighted in and if it is firing accurately. If the shots fall close to the center of the target, your gun is adjusted properly. If not, adjust the scope again and retest.

Whether you’re hunting rabbit, deer or something else this season, T-REIGN retractable outdoor products will keep your gear safe. Your only concern is having a great time and, of course, making sure your rifle is properly sighted in and ready to shoot.