View Full Version : Sighting in Scope Help

04-11-2009, 6:03 PM
Picked up my old Marlin 60 today from my brother. It has not been fired, as far as I know, for 30 or so years. When it was given to me years ago it came with a cheap scope. After I clean the rifle, I want to take it to the range. How do I site in a scope? Or is it even worth it. Should I just remove the scope?

04-11-2009, 6:31 PM
shoot, adjust, shoot, adjust, shoot, adjust.:chris:

04-11-2009, 6:38 PM
shoot, adjust, shoot, explicative deleted, adjust, explicative deleted, shoot, explicative deleted, adjust.:chris:

Remember it's a cheap scope.

04-11-2009, 7:27 PM
shoot, adjust, shoot, adjust, shoot, adjust.:chris:

I prefer Shoot, shoot, shoot, adjust; Shoot, shoot, shoot, adjust. :thumbsup:
Help elimate the flyers when sighting.

Setting a scope is VERY easy. If you had a model or brand of the scope, that would help. Different scopes use different types of adjustment turrets, but they all pretty adjust the same. Some have locking rings so they cant be adjusted or reseted without loosening the rings first, and some simply have covers that need to be removed to access the adjustment screws. Pics or model would help.

to put is simply,

Just setup a target at 25 yards and start there. Shoot it and get it on the paper somewhere. when you see where it hit, give it 2 more shots (ALWASE AIM IN THE SAME SPOT AS THE FIRST SHOT). Adjust then take another 3 shots and see where they landed now...Adjust again. Get it close to the center bull (dont need to be perfect, just close) and them move the target back to 50 yards. Then shoot it and re-adjust for the farther difference. If you got it close at 25, you should only be a few inches low at 50. If you want it set a 50 yards, then get it perfect and call it good, if you want 100, just get it close to center and 50 and move back again....

Take 2-3 shots to see where they hit on average, then adjust the scope, 3 is best in my oppinion.


04-12-2009, 1:59 AM
A laser bore sight works well to get you on paper with semi automatics. then follow bobbyblanks info

04-12-2009, 12:24 PM
One thing to keep in mind is if your scope has 1/4" adjustments at 100 yards they will only be 1/16" at 25 yards so if you have to move 1" on paper at 25 it will take 16 clicks in the desired direction instead of 4.

04-12-2009, 6:46 PM
a way my brother in law taught me to sight in a rifle. Fire three shots aiming at the same point on each shot. Those three shots will create a triangle. Adjust your crosshairs to the center of the tiangle. Thats it in a nutshell.

12-18-2013, 1:07 PM
Save yourself a lot of grief ... make certain the scope is tight and that the eye relief allows you to get a good, repeatable, cheek weld, then search for sighting-in videos on YouTube -- there are plenty to choose from -- including at least one method not mentioned on the forum so far that can be accomplished with as little as two rounds downrange. (One to set the scope, the second to verify that the setting was done properly.)

12-18-2013, 2:13 PM
Pick a desired distance.

Use white paper with black sticky dots to aim at. Or use those targets with grids.

3-shot group, then adjust windage. 3-shot groups afterwards until you hit center.

Then adjust elevation. 3-shot groups until you are satisfied.

Use same ammo throughout. Use a bench rest to eliminate user error.

Key is hitting paper first. Once you do, adjustments become mechanical and easier.

Good luck!

12-18-2013, 2:24 PM
Sight In Your Rifle in Two Shots - A very good way to sight in on any Scope.


12-18-2013, 2:33 PM
Yep very easy to do. I like to rest the rifle front and back on sand bags , then very carefully send 3 rounds. Then adjust adjust as needed the same direction you want to go is marked on the turret. If bullet needs to go down and left , turn the turrets down and left. 1/4in@100yds 1/8in@50yds 1/16in@25yds per click on most decent scopes. Then google a ballistic chart for your bullet weight to learn bullet drop for "x" yards.

12-18-2013, 2:39 PM
If you're off the target, pick a spot on the ground at the approximate range of your target and shoot at that. You should be able to see the dirt fly from the bullet's impact. This will tell you how far off (up, down, left and/or right) your scope currently is. Make your adjustments and fire again. Once you get the bullet close to where you're aiming, you should be able to hit the paper and make your final adjustments from there.

12-18-2013, 3:06 PM
hope the op finally got it right after four years.

12-18-2013, 3:48 PM
Holy 4.5 year old Necro-Post!

12-18-2013, 4:05 PM
^^^LOL! Did not notice that :D

12-18-2013, 8:37 PM
^^^LOL! Did not notice that :D

LOL, me either :facepalm:

12-19-2013, 12:42 PM
Solid info.

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12-19-2013, 1:08 PM
If you are shooting outdoors at a range set a soda can out at 25yds, adjust the scope to its lowest magnification. Aim at the can and see where the bullet hits. Estimate the distance that you missed, adjust the scope accordingly and shoot again. When you hit the can then move to a paper target as suggested by others and fine tune the scope. You will save a lot of ammo this way. Get it on at 25yds and you will be approximately 1" low @ 50yds. Usually takes me about 4-5 shots to hit the can.

12-22-2013, 3:28 AM
hope the op finally got it right after four years.


12-22-2013, 9:07 AM
Sight In Your Rifle in Two Shots - A very good way to sight in on any Scope.

Works great for accurate rifles and premium cartridges. For crappy cartridges, you will still be chasing the bullet holes ... just not as much.