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#7086847 - 02/20/18 08:34 PM Sighting in a scope at 100 yards...What do you consider good for a pattern?
Longhorngary Offline
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Son's rifle needed zeroing, so I took it out to adjust it in. Was pretty happy with the results, shot 3 shot groups after using two shots to get on paper at 25 yds. After adjusting, the final group was .5 MOA and covered by a dime. I'm sure there are much better shots, but for me and hunting I called that good enough.

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#7086904 - 02/20/18 09:10 PM Re: Sighting in a scope at 100 yards...What do you consider good for a pattern? [Re: Longhorngary]
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Depends on the gun. Lever action, I’m happy with 2-2.5”. Bolt gun better be an inch or less.
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#7086914 - 02/20/18 09:14 PM Re: Sighting in a scope at 100 yards...What do you consider good for a pattern? [Re: Longhorngary]
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Yes Sir. That will work up

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#7086918 - 02/20/18 09:16 PM Re: Sighting in a scope at 100 yards...What do you consider good for a pattern? [Re: Longhorngary]
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Depends on the gun and what I’m hunting. I wouldn’t be comfortable deer hunting with a rifle that couldn’t shoot ATLEAST 2” groups at 100. Any modern rifle with any halfway decent optic that will hold zero should be able to do that.
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#7086924 - 02/20/18 09:18 PM Re: Sighting in a scope at 100 yards...What do you consider good for a pattern? [Re: Tff caribou]
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
Depends on the gun and what I’m hunting. I wouldn’t be comfortable deer hunting with a rifle that couldn’t shoot ATLEAST 2” groups at 100. Any modern rifle with any halfway decent optic that will hold zero should be able to do that.


How far are you shooting?
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#7086932 - 02/20/18 09:22 PM Re: Sighting in a scope at 100 yards...What do you consider good for a pattern? [Re: Tactical Cowboy]
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Originally Posted By: Tactical Cowboy
Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
Depends on the gun and what I’m hunting. I wouldn’t be comfortable deer hunting with a rifle that couldn’t shoot ATLEAST 2” groups at 100. Any modern rifle with any halfway decent optic that will hold zero should be able to do that.


How far are you shooting?


I have shots from 100-300 yards at my place. In theory a 2” group at 100 is a 6” group at 300 which is what I need it to be to be comfortable hitting vitals. My rifles have always shot 1”ish at 100 but if I couldn’t get under 2” I’d buy a new rifle.
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#7086941 - 02/20/18 09:30 PM Re: Sighting in a scope at 100 yards...What do you consider good for a pattern? [Re: Longhorngary]
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Gotta be able to hit them in the brain stem

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#7086942 - 02/20/18 09:32 PM Re: Sighting in a scope at 100 yards...What do you consider good for a pattern? [Re: SR025]
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Originally Posted By: SR025
Gotta be able to hit them in the brain stem


With a .22hornet at 600+ yards
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#7086963 - 02/20/18 09:58 PM Re: Sighting in a scope at 100 yards...What do you consider good for a pattern? [Re: Longhorngary]
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#7087009 - 02/20/18 11:20 PM Re: Sighting in a scope at 100 yards...What do you consider good for a pattern? [Re: Longhorngary]
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Before we go touting the size of a group, lets first identify the setup. Are the shots being made from a bench or freestanding? If they're made from a bench, are they made with just a forearm rest, or is stock rest being used as well? Such important details are usually omitted whenever there's a discussion about rifle and/or shooter performance.

I have rifles that have produced 1/4 inch groups at 100 yards. But those shots were made from a bench with a well bagged rifle so my inabilities were negated.


Edited by Texas Dan (02/20/18 11:27 PM)
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#7087014 - 02/20/18 11:36 PM Re: Sighting in a scope at 100 yards...What do you consider good for a pattern? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Before we go touting the size of a group, lets first identify the setup. Are the shots being made from a bench or freestanding? If they're made from a bench, are they made with just a forearm rest, or is stock rest being used as well? Such important details are usually omitted whenever there's a discussion about rifle and/or shooter performance.

I have rifles that have produced 1/4 inch groups at 100 yards. But those shots were made from a bench with a well bagged rifle so my inabilities were negated.


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#7087015 - 02/20/18 11:42 PM Re: Sighting in a scope at 100 yards...What do you consider good for a pattern? [Re: Longhorngary]
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Testing your rifle/load combination should always be done with a well bagged (or bipod and bag) setup. Practicing should be done with different scenarios in mind shooting from different setups (or lack of).

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#7087028 - 02/21/18 04:47 AM Re: Sighting in a scope at 100 yards...What do you consider good for a pattern? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Before we go touting the size of a group, lets first identify the setup. Are the shots being made from a bench or freestanding? If they're made from a bench, are they made with just a forearm rest, or is stock rest being used as well? Such important details are usually omitted whenever there's a discussion about rifle and/or shooter performance.

I have rifles that have produced 1/4 inch groups at 100 yards. But those shots were made from a bench with a well bagged rifle so my inabilities were negated.


Sorry yes, I should have been clearer but I assume anyone sighting in a scope would be shooting off a bench or prone with a well bagged rifle. In this case, Tikka CTR, 5-25x Burris XTR II, shooting Hornady American Whitetail 6.5 Creedmoor shooting off the shelf ammo.

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#7087035 - 02/21/18 05:23 AM Re: Sighting in a scope at 100 yards...What do you consider good for a pattern? [Re: Longhorngary]
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I’m confused. You asked a question in your title, is this for bragging rights? Are you looking for a pat on the back? What was the point in this post?
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#7087073 - 02/21/18 06:44 AM Re: Sighting in a scope at 100 yards...What do you consider good for a pattern? [Re: Longhorngary]
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Originally Posted By: Longhorngary
Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Before we go touting the size of a group, lets first identify the setup. Are the shots being made from a bench or freestanding? If they're made from a bench, are they made with just a forearm rest, or is stock rest being used as well? Such important details are usually omitted whenever there's a discussion about rifle and/or shooter performance.

I have rifles that have produced 1/4 inch groups at 100 yards. But those shots were made from a bench with a well bagged rifle so my inabilities were negated.


Sorry yes, I should have been clearer but I assume anyone sighting in a scope would be shooting off a bench or prone with a well bagged rifle. In this case, Tikka CTR, 5-25x Burris XTR II, shooting Hornady American Whitetail 6.5 Creedmoor shooting off the shelf ammo.


No apologies needed. Your question just left open the point of what "good" looks like in different setups.

You're probably correct in saying most folks refer to "good" as being shots taken from the bench. But others might see it as being under much tougher setups that challenge the abilities of both the rifle and shooter.

While I'm no expert, I would consider .5 MOA to be excellent for a factory gun with no additional work having been done to it.
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