Great tip for new guys (focus your scope!)

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by cdmorten, Apr 11, 2004.

  1. cdmorten

    cdmorten Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2003
    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.
  2. jb1000br

    jb1000br Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2003
    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.

  3. Dave King

    Dave King Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2001