How to Focus an Air Rifle Scope

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How to Focus an Air Rifle Scope
Sighting in an air rifle scope (boy with rifle image by Joyce Wilkes from

Air rifles differ greatly from model to model, but focusing or sighting in a scope is a universal process. On the top and side of the scope are small dials that move the cross hairs up and down and side to side. A dial at the end of the scope where you look through it can be turned to the right and left, allowing you to focus on objects that are near or far away from where you are firing your air rifle.

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Things you need

  • Flat head screw driver

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  1. 1

    Place a target 10 yards out from the point where you will fire your air rifle. Look through the scope and fire one shot at the target.

  2. 2

    Look at the target and locate the spot where the pellet hit the target. Do not move the air rifle from the position that you fired the shot from.

  3. 3

    Using the flat head screw driver, turn the dials on the side and on the top of the scope, moving the cross hairs to the right or left and up or down to correspond with the spot on the target that the pellet hit.

  4. 4

    Fire one shot from the air rifle and repeat the process until the scope's cross hairs are in line with the spot on the target that you are shooting.

Tips and warnings

  • Focus your air rifle scope on a day that the wind is not blowing hard.

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