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Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: NW Pennsylvania
Re: Where should I zero my gun?
Everything that life has taught me so far - tells me to tell you to sight in your rifle for the range that you anticipate shooting.
If your shots are all 100 yards or less, there is no reason to sight in your rifle for 200 or 300 yards.
I believe that my primary rifle which I used on Monday - Remington 760 Gamemaster 30-06 with `150 gr Hornady hand loads is sighted in one half of one inch high at 100 yards - which is at the top of the bulls eye since dead center would be zero of you want to use Cartesian coordinates as a reference/ most people would think that one inch high means one inch above the one inch bulls eye..
Because of the angle of my shot, the bullet entered the rib cage about 6 inches below the spine and exited through the spine. Don't ask me how. I would imagine that it was due to the fact that I was hunting in an area which I was not familiar with and my bullet was deflected by a tree branch.
In my mind, if I would have sighted my rifle in 2 inches high, there might be a very good likelihood that I would have aimed for the deer but shot a tree branch instead.
So sighting in my rifle dead center at 100 yards would have been the best option - had I sighted in my rifle this year.
With 5 other rifles to choose from, I have the luxury of putting it back in the gun cabinet until spring and then firing it a couple of times to confirm it's accuracy.
The end result is - dead is dead.
If you killed the deer dead on the spot and it did not run then what does it matter where it hits as long as it did not damage any meat.