Schmidt and Bender scopes are high-end optics manufactured in Germany. Initially designed for nighttime hunting with the moon as the primary light source, Schmidt and Bender scopes are known for their clarity and their exceptional use of ambient light. They are popular with military and law enforcement agencies worldwide, including the United States Marine Corps, as well as with civilian shooters. The scopes are available in variable or fixed power and with illuminated reticles.
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Prepare a target at a distance of approximately 100 yards.
Determine the rifle's point of impact, where the bullet is expected to hit the target. This location can be identified by using a laser boresighter or by firing live bullets at your target and recording where they hit in relation to where you were aiming.
Estimate the necessary corrections to align the point of impact with the intersection of your scope's reticles. For example, if the point of impact is 1 inch below and 1 inch to the right of your aiming point, then you must adjust your reticles 1 inch up and 1 inch to the left. The reticles will move ¼ inch per click of the windage and elevation adjustment dials.
Turn the elevation adjustment dial on the top of the scope clockwise to move the reticles down or counterclockwise to move them up. Turn the windage adjustment dial on the right side of the scope clockwise to move the reticles left or counter-clockwise to bring them right.
Set your scope to your desired power by adjusting the magnification power ring located in front of the eyepiece. The ring has numbers annotated along its sides indicating the magnifications setting.
Set your parallax adjustment dial (if your scope is so equipped) to the range of your target in meters. The parallax adjustment dial is on the left-hand side of the scope adjacent to the elevation adjustment dial. Parallax error is an optical illusion of false target movement often encountered when viewing a long-range target at a high-magnifications setting.
Set the illumination level of your reticles as desired with the adjustment dial located on the left side of the scope near the ocular lens (provided your scope is equipped with these reticles). The dial has 12 settings numbered "0" to "11." The zero setting indicates that the illuminated reticles are off; the settings "1" through "11" increase the intensity of the reticles in ascending order.
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