Zeroing Rifle for Longrange shooting

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Desert Fox, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. Desert Fox

    Desert Fox Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2002
    I've always zeroed my rifle at 100 yards, but after reading Kirby's post on another thread that he does his at 500, I wondered, How does the rest of the guys here set their zeroes! After all I have two groups that I've shoot a couple of days ago with both my 308 and 338 that validates Kirby's method. I was aiming at the center square.

    Here's the 338 Lapua's 3 shot group - 1" low about 2" left could be the wind!


    Here's the 308 Winchester 3 shot group - 1.5"high about 1/2" right could be spindrift and scope click error!


    Need help in analyzing the group. The condition were about the same although it was a week apart.
  2. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    i like to zero at 300. if anything happens quick, you're good to about 350. my recommendation would be to shoot a group at 100, crank the scope up 10 moa, shoot a group, then repeat with 20 up on the scope. this will eliminate the spin drift and tell you if your scope is tracking vertically or not.