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Great tip for new guys (focus your scope!)

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Old 04-11-2004, 10:11 PM
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Great tip for new guys (focus your scope!)

Do you ever have days when you shoot well and others when you're not shooting well?

I recently sighted in my 300 WM Sendero w/Leupold M1 4.5 x 14 and I could not get it to group very well at 100 yards. I was pretty distraught.

I did some research on parallax and found that it's critical to have your scope focused PERFECTLY or your reticle will move in relation to the target as your head moves.

I went out yesterday and put the rifle on sandbags and focused the scope. Even though it looked focused, I moved my head around and found that the reticle moved on the target, so I adjusted my focus knob until the reticle was locked on the target when my head was moving.

Consequently, I shot my best group yet (5 shots @ .70 inches). I did the same thing with my .308 and shot about the same group which is my best yet.

I found a cool little white paint pen at a hobby shop and made a dot on the focus knob that shows when I'm perfectly focused at 100 yards.

Hope that saves someone some unneccessary frustration.
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Old 04-12-2004, 07:48 AM
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Re: Great tip for new guys (focus your scope!)

I have found parallax knob location to be pretty dynamic--that white dot may not be accurate in all weather/light conditions. the dot should always get you close, but i would check to make sure every time you shoot.

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Old 04-12-2004, 10:40 AM
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Re: Great tip for new guys (focus your scope!)

Here's an older thread about this very topic. Don't miss the portion entered by CatShooter, it's very good, technical but readable.
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