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Old 01-26-2013, 09:30 PM
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Need help vortex scope zero/dope

Hi All,

I recently bought a winchester model 70 Pre64 with Vortex viper 6.5 - 20x44 BDC reticle.

Winchester model 70 Pre 64

I am having trouple figuring out how to mechanicaly zero my scope, If its even required. I have counted the clicks and divided by 2 to get 134 (elevation) then I set the 0 to the centerline.

However I see horizontal lines on the turret that indicate like a micrometer, Do I need to get the zero horizontal line to line up with that and if not what do I need to know about those lines (Are they useful or not etc) and How do I use those lines in the future.

I hope this isnt too much of a new guy question but I am actively persuing this as a skill set to hone and get to the level you guys are at.

Thanks alot
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:37 PM
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Re: Need help vortex scope zero/dope

I would suggest you optically center the scope using this method:

Archives: Optically centered scope by J Bruse Aurand

As you know you can the lift and turn the turrets to zero them. The lines you see are for reference only.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:43 PM
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Re: Need help vortex scope zero/dope

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I would suggest you optically center the scope using this method:

Archives: Optically centered scope by J Bruse Aurand

As you know you can the lift and turn the turrets to zero them. The lines you see are for reference only.

I figured they might be but I wanted to make sure, I knew the index line was important but wanted to make sure I wasnt missing out on a capability

Awesome link by the way, took about 5 minutes and worked way better than my count all the clicks and divide by two. I used a signal mirror
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:20 PM
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Re: Need help vortex scope zero/dope

You understand just because the scope is zeroed it does not mean the rifle and scope is zeroed? Generally centering the cross hair is done when installing a scope on a rifle for the first time to see how well it lines with the rifle bore. Beyond that it does nothing for zeroing the rifle
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:23 PM
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Re: Need help vortex scope zero/dope

I wouldn't worry with mechanical center. It probably will not be mechanically centered after sight in anyway. Just bore sight it and zero it in, then put the turret back to zero and write down which line is closest. Enjoy the vortex, they are great scopes for the money.

Gary
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:25 PM
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Re: Need help vortex scope zero/dope

well Jim, it looks like we were typing at the same time

Gary
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:59 AM
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Re: Need help vortex scope zero/dope

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You understand just because the scope is zeroed it does not mean the rifle and scope is zeroed? Generally centering the cross hair is done when installing a scope on a rifle for the first time to see how well it lines with the rifle bore. Beyond that it does nothing for zeroing the rifle

Yes lol I know, I wanted to see how much elevation I had available to me and figure out what those referance lines ment
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