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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-01-2010, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Where should I zero my gun?

I want to sight in my rifle today but I don't know where to set my zero. I'm using a Remington 700 30-06 with 150gr. bullets. I was thinking maybe two inches high at 100 yards. What do yinz think?
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Re: Where should I zero my gun?

Depends what it's like where you're gonna hunt. Fields-mostly long shots,tight woods-under 100yds. But 2" high at 100yds is kind of the rule of thumb.A 150gr spire pt. at 2900fps 1.8" high at 100 is dead on at 200 and 7.9" low at 300. Hope that helps.

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Re: Where should I zero my gun?

And if you don't want a challenge and wait till they're 100yds away it's .5" high at 50yds. All sighted in at roughly 2" high at 100yds.

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Re: Where should I zero my gun?

I was taught to go with 2 inches high at 100 yards . I always hit where I aim . I have worked with this since 82 and it does not let me down .

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Re: Where should I zero my gun?

I agree,I was just tryin' to give him an idea of how that bullet should hit at various yardages. The charts are only a guide though, nothing beats practicing at different distances.

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Re: Where should I zero my gun?

This will be my field gun. I have a 30-30 and a shotgun that I use in the brush.
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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.
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Re: Where should I zero my gun?

Dead on at 50. You'll be about 1 1/2" high at 100.

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Re: Where should I zero my gun?

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Dead on at 50. You'll be about 1 1/2" high at 100.

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How do you figure.
Because of gravity - a bullet only goes in one direction - down - not up.
So if you sighted your rifle dead center at 50 yards the best it could do would be to hit dead center at 100 yards if it was a very flat shooting rifle such as a .220 Swift, other then that - most every 30 caliber rifle is going to hit dead center to low and there is no way to know where it will hit without taking a couple of shots and confirming it for yourself.
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Re: Where should I zero my gun?

Shoot it Big Elk and then tell me I'm wrong.

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