Finding a good rifle scope is a nightmare for some amateurs. Then comes the other huge issue, rifle scope adjustment! With a poorly set scope, even the best ones cannot do the job intended. Are you ready to learn how to adjust a rifle scope as the pros do it?
Before we get there, here are some of the typical adjustment problems that you would be rectifying with these measures.
Why is your rifle scope out of adjustment?
- Windage loss is one of the most common issues in visibility that anyone who handles a rifle would be well aware of. It magnifies when it comes to long-range shooting.
- If the wind causes your bullet to move even a slight deviation from the trajectory, it can significantly affect your possibility of hitting the target. This can be a big deal while you are out in the wild with several obstacles in the path.
- Parallax error is prone to be a problem even in some bestselling rifles. The good news is that the adjustment of this parameter is easy. You do not want the focus to move with your eye movement. You do not want any offset from the reticle. Military shooting or even hunting can be a huge problem to worry about.
- One of the fundamental errors would be the elevation problem. Not getting the rifle on the same plane as the target means missing your shot. It would help if you had scopes with proper turret adjustment to tackle this issue.
How do you adjust your rifle scope?
- Before you start adjustments to make sure that you know about your scope, some allow tool-less adjustments with a sleek knob for turning.
- Bore sighting – Bringing the crosshairs in alignment with the exact dead center would be the critical first step. You can do this using the left/right and up/down adjustments on the scope.
- Remember that elevation and windage adjustment go hand in hand. This depends on the position that you bring the inner tube concerning the outer tube.
- When your turret is calibrated, then you can move the turret the number of clicks that you need for a particular MOA (minute of angle) adjustment required. Clockwise changes are the best to perform for a tighter tuning.
Elevation and windage adjustment go hand in hand
- Then comes the modification of the elevation. For this, there are some mount inserts that some scope manufacturers offer. These can help extend the possibilities with your scope’s turret. You can also be sure that you do not deform the inner tube to get accurate elevation adjustment.
- For parallax adjustment, reticle adjustment is the first step. For this, you should ensure that the reticle focus is clear. You can turn the reticle, focusing it on a plain background to get a better picture before you focus on the target.
- Pick a hurdle free clear surrounding to adjust your parallax. If the crosshair seems to be shaky, then your scope needs parallax adjustment.
- You can adjust the yardage reading that you find on the parallax knob. Keep changing this as and how the distance of the target changes. Parallax adjustments are not possible on a fixed objective scope. These reduce your efforts and eliminate this step.
- With these adjustments, you are good to go focusing on a target of your choice, in an environment you prefer.