A Simpler Method of Sighting in a Rifle
by Al Jole


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.


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.