How to Align an Air Rifle Scope

Written by peter timm
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Target shooting with an air rifle is a great way to practice inexpensively. Unlike conventional rifles, which are commonly sighted-in using "bore sighters," air rifles are sighted-in the old fashioned way---through trial and error. The short range of an air rifle, combined with the incompatibility of most air rifle barrels with bore sighters, makes using a bore impractical. Before zeroing in your air rifle scope, make absolutely certain that you have a safe area to shoot and always wear eye protection.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Scoped air rifle
  • Paper target
  • Marker
  • Safety glasses

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  1. 1

    Set up a paper target at the approximate range that you use for practice (generally about 25 feet).

  2. 2

    From a steady position, centre the target in the scope and fire three controlled shots.

  3. 3

    Check the paper and mark the centre of the group of pellet/BB holes.

  4. 4

    Using the mark as a reference, determine the adjustment needed to centre the pellets/BBs on the centre of the target (this is an inexact science, just estimate the adjustment).

  5. 5

    Adjust the dials on the top and side of the scope. Move the horizontal axis left by turning the adjustment dial (on the side of the scope) clockwise and right by turning counter-clockwise. Move the vertical axis up by turning the adjustment dial (on top of the scope) counter-clockwise and down by turning it clockwise.

  6. 6

    Repeat the process until the scope is aligned to your satisfaction.

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