I was helping out at the Lincoln Ike’s Hunter Sight In day today and am amazed at how many people only shoot their deer rifles once a year and then are frustrated when they can’t make the shot. Sighting in is important (even if the gun shot well last year) but so is shooting throughout the year to keep your edge.
If you have not sighted in your rifle for the November 13 opener its not too late. You owe it to the deer and the time you have invested in the hunt. Here are a few tips:
1. Sight in from a bench for the most steady hold possible. You want to see what the gun will do not how skilled you are.
2. Use sandbags or a good rifle/handgun rest.
3. A quick method for sighting in is to fire one round at the target center at 100 yards. Now see where the bullet actually hit. While holding the crosshairs on the bullseye, move use the scope turrets to move the crosshairs now over to the bullet hole. Now fire another round at the bullseye. You should be on!
4. Now fire a three shot group (always three shots…then make adjustments).
5. After a three shot group, clean the bore prior to the next group.
6. When making scope adjustments, remember most scopes move the point of aim 1/4″ per click at 100 yards.
7. Once sighted in, take a few shots using the type of rest you will use in the field. Your groups will open a bit but that is okay. As long as you can keep all shots fired into a 9″ pie plate you are good to go. If everything is working, you should expect groups no larger than 3″ from the bench at 100 yards. Don’t forget the eye and ear protection!
You will be amazed at how good it feels to head to the deer woods with the confidence of a well sighted in rifle that you know how to shoot well! That is a skill to be proud of!
Get Em’ Out There