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  • Ed Anger

    Member
    Jan 16, 2021
    112
    Gaithersburg, MD
    Hi. I'm sure you've heard this or a similar story before, so maybe some of you have good advice.

    I'm in Gaithersburg. Inherited a 270 rifle and bought a scope that I'd like to mount and zero in. All I have is sandbags and Cresap. Do I need to buy a fancy gun rest? I'd rather learn from an experienced person, but I'm willing to pay someone to do it. Can anyone help?

    Thanks for reading this far.

    Dave
     

    budman93

    Active Member
    Mar 1, 2013
    4,645
    Frederick County
    Something like a tipton gun vise can be helpful for holding everything securely when mounting a scope but it can be done without one too. For sighting in as long as you have a solid rest you'll be fine. Sandbags work great. I often just use my range bag as a rest. You can pick up an inexpensive laser boresighter to get it close before wasting live ammo. I used one recently on a rifle with a new scope and it got me pretty close before firing the first shot.
     

    tallen702

    Active Member
    Sep 3, 2012
    3,811
    In the boonies of MoCo
    I agree with Outrider. Sandbags and pulling the bolt is the way to go. I just sighted in my CVA Cascade in .350 Legend that way a few months back at Cresap myself. I had it on the paper at 50 yards on the first shot by boresighting. 5 shots later and I was dead center at 50, then pushed it out to 100 and adjusted for my hunting rounds. Easiest thing in the world. As Outrider says, make sure your rings and mount are properly torqued to the specifications to keep things zeroed and easy to adjust.
     

    ken792

    Active Member
    Sep 2, 2011
    4,171
    Fairfax, VA
    Zero the rifle the way you intend to shoot it. If it’s from a bipod, then use that bipod. If you’re going to rest it on a pack or tree limb, sandbags will be close enough. Clamping it in a rest won’t let it recoil the same way as it does against your shoulder before the bullet leaves the barrel.
     

    John from MD

    American Patriot
    MDS Supporter
    May 12, 2005
    16,005
    Socialist State of Maryland
    Hi. I'm sure you've heard this or a similar story before, so maybe some of you have good advice.

    I'm in Gaithersburg. Inherited a 270 rifle and bought a scope that I'd like to mount and zero in. All I have is sandbags and Cresap. Do I need to buy a fancy gun rest? I'd rather learn from an experienced person, but I'm willing to pay someone to do it. Can anyone help?

    Thanks for reading this far.

    Dave

    If you are off during the week and willing to drive to Annapolis, I will help you zero your rifle at 100 yards - free of charge.
     

    outrider58

    Who asked ya?
    MDS Supporter
    Jul 29, 2014
    37,143
    If you are off during the week and willing to drive to Annapolis, I will help you zero your rifle at 100 yards - free of charge.

    Very nice of you John! I don't care what they say about you. You're a good guy in my book. :D
     

    Uncle Duke

    Active Member
    MDS Supporter
    Feb 2, 2013
    9,392
    Not Far Enough from the City
    OP, consider taking John from Md up on his offer. This process is one of those things that becomes a whole lot easier.....once you know and understand how and why. John most assuredly knows and understands how and why.
     

    Virgil Co.C

    Member
    Aug 10, 2018
    590
    There ya go , John shall help ya . Assuming it’s a bolt action you can bore sight before you get to range and get damn close on paper . Pull the bolt look down the barrel and dial in. Google how to do it to understand the science behind it . Been doing it for years and it works . Like I said it will get you on paper and should be reasonably close.
     

    squaregrouper

    6.5 Man Bun
    MDS Supporter
    I agree with Outrider.
    The following video is basically how I do it, with the exception I fire two shots before adjusting the scope again (2 shots touching confirm accuracy). Pay attention to what he describes at 3:00- determine your point of impact and move the crosshairs to match where the bullets landed; not adjusting the crosshairs to bullseye. It requires much less ammo this way.
    Starting out at 50yds, this method should have you zeroed at 100yds in <10rds.
     

    Ed Anger

    Member
    Jan 16, 2021
    112
    Gaithersburg, MD
    John: I'm grateful for the opportunity to learn from you. Will need to schedule a day off from work. If your offer is still on the table, what's your schedule like? --Dave
     

    John from MD

    American Patriot
    MDS Supporter
    May 12, 2005
    16,005
    Socialist State of Maryland
    John: I'm grateful for the opportunity to learn from you. Will need to schedule a day off from work. If your offer is still on the table, what's your schedule like? --Dave

    Dave,

    I am retired and my time is pretty flexible. But, I need over 40 temps as I have arthritis and sub freezing makes my life miserable. Other than tomorrow, I don't see anything around 40 for the next ten days.

    For planning purposes, our club allows centerfire rifle shooting from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon.

    Regards,

    John
     

    Kman

    Peace is underrated
    Dec 23, 2010
    10,539
    Eastern shore
    If you are off during the week and willing to drive to Annapolis, I will help you zero your rifle at 100 yards - free of charge.

    You're a good man John.

    As far as sighting in. I have a sled and bags somewhere, but I always use some homemade bags now. They're softer and flexible. Double bagged dry beans in bags made from old jeans legs and horrible stitching.
     

    tjiann

    Member
    MDS Supporter
    Jan 15, 2022
    181
    AACo
    Dave,

    I am retired and my time is pretty flexible. But, I need over 40 temps as I have arthritis and sub freezing makes my life miserable. Other than tomorrow, I don't see anything around 40 for the next ten days.

    For planning purposes, our club allows centerfire rifle shooting from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon.

    Regards,

    John

    Which club is that John (if you don't mind me asking)? Thanks.
     

    Biggfoot44

    Active Member
    Aug 2, 2009
    24,438
    OP , we're assuming , but that is a bolt action ?
     
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