A Simpler Method of Sighting in a Rifle

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A Simpler Method of Sighting in a Rifle
by Al Jole

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Here's my simplified version of how to adjust the sights.

Fire a group of three shots at the bullseye at your selected distance; 25 or 50 yards are decent ideas. (if you can't make a group, you may need to work on that first).

Check the group...if it is left of your Point of Aim (POA), you must move your rear sight right. If the holes are too high, move your rear sight down, and vice versa. Basically, you always move your rear sight the way you want the bullets to go.

I always sort of count the number of half turns of the screw, it gives me a clue on how far I might need to turn it the next time. But it isn't necessary.

Fire another group, aimed at the bull again. If this group is closer to the POA, then you move the sight some more. If it is on the other side of the bull...you have to move it back a little.

Do this until your POA is the same as your Point of Impact (POI), and the holes appear exactly where you are aiming. When you get good at it, it takes about 9-12 shots to get a gun right on and confirm it.

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One other thing...sometimes, in rare instances, you need to move your front sight...it moves TOWARD THE HOLES, opposite of the rear sight, it is called chasing the holes with the sight. Some rifles have Windage, Elevation, or both on the Front Sight. Most handguns have the Windage and Elevation on the Rear Sight. Check your User's Manual.

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May 8, 2017  •  10:27 AM
Doesn't everyone do it like that? ;)
Actually, it's good to have a primer or reminder for those who do not "sight in" very often. I've had the good fortune, or misfortune, of not needing much sighting on the majority of handguns and rifles I have bought and fired. Most needed none, which is a testament to the product leaving these US gun mfg's.
July 15, 2017  •  06:25 PM
Regarding "(if you can't make a group, you may need to work on that first)"
When my initial shots are off the paper (given a descent size target), I shoot at each corner of the target, evaluating location after each shot. As soon as I've hit the paper once, I can begin to make an adjustment. This method effectively increases the target size of a factor of 4.