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#6944604 - 11/02/17 11:22 PM Sighting in opinions...
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Time to sight in my rifles for opening day. 270, Marlin 3030 vintage and 6.8 spc

Was trying some different ammo at 50 yards, because I figure it can make to much of a difference, most my shorts will be about 70 yards, rarely 100.

How close to bullseye is acceptable to y'all. I was about an inch to 2 inches off. Free hand, no device to hold steady.

Is this close enough for y'all? Because it was good enough for me. Just wondering everyone else's acceptable range.

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#6944611 - 11/02/17 11:59 PM Re: Sighting in opinions... [Re: Roll-Tide]
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Zero at 100 yards off bags. Shoot the ammo your going to shoot and see what the correction is at 50 yards. Don't over complicate it.

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#6944633 - 11/03/17 02:58 AM Re: Sighting in opinions... [Re: Roll-Tide]
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#6944703 - 11/03/17 07:23 AM Re: Sighting in opinions... [Re: Roll-Tide]
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Where I hunt 150 yards is typically the longest shot you'll get. I've often sighted dead on at 50 yards which put me pretty close to bullseye at 150 yards as well. I'd get some sticks or lay down to make sure the guns dead on and not trust off hand shots for sighted in.
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#6944708 - 11/03/17 07:30 AM Re: Sighting in opinions... [Re: Roll-Tide]
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2 inches off at 50 yards is a bunch.

There is no good reason that I can think of to zero while shooting off-hand. What if you accidentally aimed 6" right and your scope is 8" off to the left? You'll think you're 2" off, but in reality you could be a foot off shooting in the field if you accidentally aim left.

If you're shooting between 50 and 100, zero on bags at somewhere between 50 and 100 and get within an inch at worst. I'm not a hunter, but that's how I would do it.

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#6944711 - 11/03/17 07:33 AM Re: Sighting in opinions... [Re: Roll-Tide]
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Zero the rifle from a bench and practice offhand.
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#6944712 - 11/03/17 07:34 AM Re: Sighting in opinions... [Re: Roll-Tide]
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Sight in (zero) the rifle from a bench or prone with bi-pod and practice offhand.
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#6944721 - 11/03/17 07:44 AM Re: Sighting in opinions... [Re: Roll-Tide]
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Why not just rest your rifle across the hood of your truck with a rolled up jacket under it. Any kind of rest is better than offhand for sighting in.

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#6944733 - 11/03/17 07:51 AM Re: Sighting in opinions... [Re: Roll-Tide]
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Originally Posted By: Roll-Tide

How close to bullseye is acceptable to y'all.


Bullet better hit somewhere on a dime, at 100 yards for me.

As has been stated. Get the rifle steady, be a good shooter and properly check zero. Once that's completed, then practice field position shooting.
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#6944740 - 11/03/17 07:53 AM Re: Sighting in opinions... [Re: TCB]
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make sure the guns dead on and not trust off hand shots for sighted in.

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#6944818 - 11/03/17 08:39 AM Re: Sighting in opinions... [Re: Roll-Tide]
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#6944834 - 11/03/17 08:56 AM Re: Sighting in opinions... [Re: Roll-Tide]
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Nope. That would not be acceptable. That 2" off will be at least 4" off at 100, and so on.

And, just FYI, different ammo types can have very different points of impact. I've seen as much as 6" difference at 100 yds out of the same rifle.

Why risk it?

And PS, I'm thinking this is a joke and Roll Tide is just yanking all our chains.


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#6944851 - 11/03/17 09:07 AM Re: Sighting in opinions... [Re: Roll-Tide]
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Originally Posted By: Roll-Tide
I was about an inch to 2 inches off. Is this close enough for y'all? Because it was good enough for me. Just wondering everyone else's acceptable range.


Uh, no, especially at 50 yards. Not for me. I want that bullet to go right where I tell it to. You are already off in ideal shooting conditions. And when in the field, it's always more challenging for an exact shot. You are already starting off, off target.
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#6944876 - 11/03/17 09:19 AM Re: Sighting in opinions... [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: Roll-Tide

How close to bullseye is acceptable to y'all.


Bullet better hit somewhere on a dime, at 100 yards for me.

As has been stated. Get the rifle steady, be a good shooter and properly check zero. Once that's completed, then practice field position shooting.

Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
Originally Posted By: Roll-Tide
I was about an inch to 2 inches off. Is this close enough for y'all? Because it was good enough for me. Just wondering everyone else's acceptable range.


Uh, no, especially at 50 yards. Not for me. I want that bullet to go right where I tell it to. You are already off in ideal shooting conditions. And when in the field, it's always more challenging for an exact shot. You are already starting off, off target.

If he's just yanking chains good for him but if serious these are my position also. I always sight in off a bench @ 100 yds and depending on what rifle/load I am shooting, enough adjustment from bullseye to be able to shoot dead on from 50 to 200 yards.
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#6944885 - 11/03/17 09:26 AM Re: Sighting in opinions... [Re: Roll-Tide]
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Acceptable to me is the ability to reliably hit 1” dots at 100 yards, especially the cold bore shot.

This is a good target for practice and free too. Just print from the computer.

http://mytargets.com/target22%20circles%20x20.pdf


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