(Written by: Brandon Witcher, Courtesy of the WARCRY August, 2011)
With the start of firearm season arriving soon, many hunters are itching to climb in their stands and spot that trophy buck on the horizon.
The only problem is that once you fire your rifle, you may see that you have missed. You have missed a once in a lifetime to take down that monster buck.
In reality, this scenario is highly likely if you let your rifle sit in a closet and get banged around. Here are some tips to ensure that your rifle is ready when firearm season opens.
First align your bore sight. Many new guns have bore sights that are approximated and often way off. The bore sight is equivalent to a general sight which allows the sights to be in an approximate range of the target.
Even if the sight is zeroed in, the bore sights being unaligned will cause you to drastically miss your target. Here are four easy steps to ensure your bore sights are accurate.
First, take the bolt out and stabilize your rifle so it cannot move. Second, point the rifle at a close object (not people) that you can see through your barrel.
Next, center the object (door knob, top of fence post, target, etc.) as you look through the barrel. Lastly, while the gun is stable, change the windage and elevation adjustments until the crosshairs of the scope are on the center of the same object.
After your bore sights are aligned, next make sure you scope and mounts are vital. You need to buy the best mounting bracket and scope you can afford. It is better to buy a quality used product rather a cheap one found on the clearance rack in your local Wal-Mart.
The same goes for mount. Without a proper mount, the scope will become unaligned very quickly. Lastly, head to the firing range and start taking some practice shots. Take your first shot at 35 yards to begin with.
If you are still off the paper, move closer. Turn your scope’s windage and elevation knobs a few clicks at a time to begin bringing the bullet’s point of impact to your point of aim.
A consistent shooting rifle should be able to put three shots in a fairly tight group at one hundred yards. When you are actually heading to the stand, make sure to use the same ammunition as you used on the firing range.
Your rifle might shoot a different round slightly different. Now that your rifle is sighted in, there is nothing but air and opportunity between you and mounting a trophy buck on your wall.