How To Sight Your Hunting Rifle
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How To Sight Your Hunting Rifle

November 19, 2019

If you want to be a capable and responsible hunter you need to have a rifle that is accurate
and that you are confident and comfortable shooting. To achieve this
(gunshot) [Narration]
you need to spend some time at a shooting range. (music) [Narration]
Many times initial sight adjustments on a rifle scope will be made by bore sighting,
either with a device or using the naked eye but this isn’t enough. [Heidi Rao]
Just because your rifle has been bore sighted, you cannot depend on that alone for accuracy.
It is still your responsibility to take your firearm to the shooting range to sight it
in so you know exactly how your firearm is shooting. Basic equipment that you’ll need
to bring with you to the shooting range are sand bags or rifle rests to help you shoot
and also a spotting scope. [Narration]
A good staple gun will help putting up targets. And you always want to wear eye and ear protection.
It is also very important to bring a particular type of ammunition. [Heidi Rao]
You always want to use the ammunition that you will be hunting with when you’re sighting
in your rifle. [Narration]
This is because different cartridges vary in the way they perform. If a rifle is sighted
in with one type of ammunition and then a different brand of ammunition or a different
bullet weight is used when hunting, the shot will not impact where you expect it. You risk
missing the animal you’re hunting or worse, wounding it. You also want to pay attention
to what kind of target you use. [Heidi Rao]
The best type of target when sighting in a rifle is a target with a one inch grid, this
helps you determine how to set your scope adjustments. [Heidi Rao]
Start with a short range such as a 25 yard range to begin sighting in your rifle. [Narration]
If your scope has variable powers, dial it up to the highest magnification. [Heidi Rao]
It is best to shoot three rounds of ammunition through your firearm. One round needs to be
loaded at a time. Take your time, you want to concentrate on good firing techniques,
make sure you take a deep breath, exhale halfway, squeeze the trigger, follow through squeezing
all the way through after the shot has been fired and then proceed two more times. [Narration]
For each shot, be certain to aim with the cross hairs of the scope on the exact center
of the target. (gunshot) [Narration]
This three shot group will reveal how far off center your scope is set. [Heidi Rao]
You will take the average of those three shots to make your adjustment. [Narration]
The average location of these three shots is about here. To bring the group to center,
the scope needs to be adjusted two and a half inches to the left, and up three and three
quarter inches. On many scopes the adjustment dials are covered by caps. There are 2 dials,
one for elevation and one for windage. [Heidi Rao]
Once you’ve made your adjustments, you need to put another three rounds through your firearm,
one at a time, making sure you follow good shooting techniques. At the twenty-five yard
range you are focusing on your windage or your side to side adjustment. [Narration]
The average of these three shots is here, with regard to windage, it is centered. To
adjust the elevation, it’s time to move to a shooting line with targets at greater distance. [Heidi Rao]
When you’re on the hundred yard line you’re going to follow the same procedure you did
at the 25 yard line you’re going to shoot three rounds of ammunition through your firearm
making sure you follow good shooting techniques. (gunshot)
(gunshot) (gunshot) [Heidi Rao]
At a hundred yards after you shoot your three rounds of ammunition you’re looking at elevation
or how high up or down you ammunition hits your target. [Narration]
If most of the shots you take when hunting are at one hundred yards then your work is
done. Your rifle is now zeroed at 100 yards. Hunters that take longer shots (gunshot) [Narration]
will adjust their scope a few inches higher so it will be zeroed at 200 yards. (gunshot) [Heidi Rao]
If adjustments need to made in elevation of your scope you need to fire three more rounds
through your firearm. (gunshot) [Narration]
Be sure to check your barrel between shots. If it gets too hot, let it cool down. (gunshot) [Narration]
A hot barrel can deliver inconsistent results. (gunshot) [Narration]
Once you’ve sighted in your rifle and are satisfied with the groupings, (gunshot)
(music) [Narration]
you’re still not ready to go hunting. Once you arrive at your hunting camp, it’s a good
idea to check your rifle and make sure it’s still zeroed in. (gunshot) [Narration]
So to review, start at short range to check the windage.
Use targets with a one inch grid. Use exactly the same ammunition you will use
when hunting. Carefully fire 3 shot groups. (gunshot) [Narration]
Take the average of the three shots to determine what adjustment to make.
If your barrel gets hot, stop and wait for it to cool.
Move to the 100 yard firing line to adjust the elevation. (gunshot) [Narration]
And remember to check the accuracy of your rifle at the hunting camp before you go hunt.
Being an accurate shooter will make you a more successful hunter and it can also make
you a more ethical hunter. (gunshot) [Heidi Rao]
Not only do owe it to yourself to be a good shooter, you also owe it to the animal for
a quick clean and accurate shot.

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  1. Want to keep with the comment per year tradition. Anyone notice that she was resting on the barrel and not hand guard. Big no no. You would think they would have corrected that before putting this out. Other than that, good video.

  2. cant you just use a laser put it in the barrel and look down your scope to see it where the center in your scope is pointing where the laser you put in your barrel aligned

  3. Excellent instructional video. I would add the importance of not resting the barrel on anything when shooting. It's possible to flex the barrel and throw your shot off. There are many other fine points of super accurate shooting but no need for all that in this video. I will call this video a fantastic success if it gets folks to shoot even a 1.5" groups at 100 yards!

  4. Great, inexpensive air rifle>>>     Able to keep the varmints out of the garden once the scope was dialed in. Very accurate at moderate distances which is just what I needed. Would recommend it to anyone who is plagued by chipmunks, squirrels or rabbits. Have read other reviews where they say the scope is terrible but I found it to be quite adequate and easy to adjust. Good value

  5. Just ignore the gun range sign that specifically says "Pistols and rimfire rifles only…" But get on out there with that hunting rifle… ???

  6. Very poor video. The location of the REAR bag is in an unsafe position. Anyone watching this, please don't follow these yayhoo's suggestions. I'm surprised the Texas parks and wildlife would post this. Very poor and unsafe demonstration on many levels.

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