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Matt Rice Sighting In A Rifle
by Matt Rice, click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: February 22, 2017

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I just picked up a new 17 HMR over the weekend and after putting it to the test in the range, I was pretty impressed. On day 2 I was zeroing in on some 100 plus yard shots when out of nowhere, I couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn at 50 yards. I tried making some adjustments, but it just wouldn’t group up, my shots were all over the board. A few minutes later, as I was scratching my head trying to figure out what in the world was going on, I noticed my scope was nearly dangling off the side…. Well maybe not that bad, but it might has well been. This got me thinking, about a great topic….sighting in your gun. Tom in your experience, what’s the best way to sight in a gun.

Tommy “ I started out doing it the way my dad did it, my grandpa did it, where you get a couple boxes of shells and you sit out at 50 yards and keep cranking the scope back and forth until you think you’re on target. Well the problem with that is, when your barrel heats up your bullet flight is going to be different. So, the best way to sight in a rifle that I’ve found out is just go and pick up a lead sled. You can buy them anywhere from $70 to around $130. Set your lead sled up, get your gun anchored down, start at 25 yards and take a shot. Then look through the scope to see where your bullet hit, get your scope back on what you’re aiming for. Then adjust your crosshairs, basically you will watch your crosshairs walk across the paper to where that bullet went. Then you take another shot, and your crosshairs should be right where that bullet went, but for the most part, invest in a lead sled it will save you a lot of bullets..”

And I’m sure, a lot of time.

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