How to Sight in a Rifle Scope: 6 Step Hunting Guide For Beginners

Sighting is one of the key things for any kind of shooting game especially if you are involved with big animal hunting. To make an appropriate and clean shot, you have to sight in your rifle correctly.

Without gaining the sights, you can perform a perfect shot only when the pigs fly. To sight the rifle you have to go through some procedure.

I often get this question about how to sight in a rifle scope from many people, so I decided to answer this question through this blog.

The content will help you to get over it. So don’t waste the time anymore. Let’s talk about How to sight in a rifle scope.

Procedure of How to Sight in a Rifle Scope

At first, you need to stable your rifle at a suitable height. For that, all you need is a front rest, a rearrest, a proper eye protector, and proper ear protection. Many people prefer biped as front rest and I usually use a sandbag as a rearrest. But there are many ways to do that.

Now go through the procedure: How to Sight in a rifle scope.

Step 1: Mount your scope on your rifle properly. If you don’t know the proper way of mounting a scope, you can give a quick check out there- How to set up your rifle scope. After mounting the scope, recheck the rings. The scope rings should be mounted tightly.

Step 2: Now it’s time to work on the focus. You need to focus the reticle until the crosshairs will get to clear and sharp. There is a simple way of it. Point your scope towards the sky. Take away the eyes from the scope for a moment to a distant object. Then look back through the scope for a few seconds and let it continue for 2-3 times.

Was it perfectly in focus or a little blurry?

If it is blurry, you can adjust that by twisting the diopter adjustment on your scope. Continue the process until it gets clear properly.

Step 3: It’s wise to bore sight the rifle before the shoot. For that, unload the rifle if it’s loaded and then unobstructed the barrel. Next, remove the bolt and mount your rifle in a secure pointing downrange. Take your position behind the rifle; aim the target through the rifle.

Then, adjust the rifle scope and center the reticle on the target. But you have to do this without moving the rifle. The turrets will help you to adjust the windage and elevation.  You can use a laser boresight to do the job.

Step 4: If you can bore sight the rifle accurately, you will be ready to start the shoot. But there has another way you should consider- When you are sighting your rifle before going to hunting, use the same type of ammunition. Because some rifles are a little picky and they shot on different POI if you sight the rifle with the different ammunition.

I prefer a short-range to zero the rifle first and then go for the long distance. I usually zero my rifle at 25 yards. I have learned from my experience that it saves time, frustrations and ammunition in the long run by getting off taking the shots at 50 – 100 yards which even don’t hit the target.

Step 5: Now fire 3 shots at the target at 25 yards. It might not hit the bulls-eye but do not change the point of aim. It’s ok if you can’t hit the bulls-eye.

Fire the first group and check the strikes. Measure from the bulls-eye to the center of the group and adjust your rifle scope accordingly. Most of the rifle scopes have 1/4 MOA adjustment.

It means the bullet impact will move 1/4 inch for 1 click at 100 yards. According to that, you need to click 16 times at 25 yards to move the bullet impact.

The turret on the top of the scope will move the bullet impact up and down and another one (on the side) will move the bullet impact right and left. Most of the scopes have the measurement directive on the turret.

If you shot a group at 25 yards which hits 1-inch low and 4-inches to the right, that means you have to turn the upper turret at clockwise for 16 times and the side turret is for 64 times at anti-clockwise.

After making the adjustments fire another group. If it gets the aiming targets (bulls-eye) that means now you are ready to move your target at 100 yards or whatever particular range you want. If it doesn’t aim the bulls-eye, make necessary adjustments and get the zero.

Step 6: Now you have to apply the same techniques as for 100 yards. Shoot a group; measure the distance and make the necessary adjustments. But you have to remember about the turrets click. At 25 yards range, for every 16 clicks, you will get 1-inch movement, but here, 4 click= 1 inch. If you zeroed at 200 yards, you will get 1-inch movement for every 2 clicks with a 1/4 MOA scope.

However, when you are zeroing your rifle, the windage should be dead on. Remember, sights your rifle so it strikes a little higher at 100 yards. It has an advantage. If you want to shot out to 200 yards, you can make it without any adjustments.

After you have made the final adjustment, shoot another group to confirm it. If the group hits properly, Congratulations, you are done. If it doesn’t work, repeat the process. Hopefully, you will get that.

To learn how to sight in a rifle scope is not a one time thing, you need to practice it on a regular basis to get it right.


I hope, now you understand How to sight in a rifle scope. It is not a tough job. If you can make some calculative move, you can sight your rifle like a master. So, before going on hunting, sight your rifle scope by yourself. Best of luck.

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