How to Sight in a Remington Rifle With Iron Sights

Updated February 21, 2017

The Remington rifle is an industry leader in modern weaponry, especially in manufacturing military and law enforcement long range and tactical rifles. Though sight-work on a Remington can range from optical scope to laser dot, old-fashioned iron sights are typically installed on most Remington rifles. An iron sight is used universally on any weapon, and only a few methods for adjustment are used. For a Remington rifle, the iron sights are typically adjusted with a step-slider mechanism, and this is used for elevation only. Before you can adjust your iron sight, you'll have to sight the rifle in.

Position your rifle at 50 yards away from the target to get a good feel of the iron sights. Get into a comfortable shooting position, or use a bench rest.

Look through the rear sight, and adjust your position until the front sight blade appears in the rear sight centre groove. The top of the front sight blade should be horizontally even with the top sides of the rear sight, and centred in the rear groove.

Hold the sight on the target and aim at the bull's-eye. The idea here is to allow the target to blur in your vision, and concentrate on the front sight. Keep the front sight aligned with the rear sight, while holding it on target. The bull's-eye should appear to sit on top of the front sight blade.

Fire a group of three shots and note where they land on the target. Consult your owner's manual and adjust the iron sights as needed. Remington rifles have a few iron sight mechanisms, and all are adjusted differently. Typically, the rear sight is pushed up on a step slider to raise elevation, or drifted to the left or right to compensate for windage.


Never point a rifle at anything that you do not intend to shoot or kill.

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