Sighting in your gun should be done before every hunting season. It shouldn't take long or cost you five boxes of shells if you follow the guidelines below.
Sighting in Fixed Sight Guns
1. Make sure your gun is in good condition and that you have the appropriate ammunition for the firearm.
2. Place your target at the range you want to site in at, make sure you have an adequate backstop, to prevent stray bullets from causing damage.
3. Shoot a group of at least three shots from as steady of a rest as you can. From this group move your rear site in the direction you want the group to move, move the sight up to move your group up, move the sight left to move the group left. If you can't move the rear sight left or right, you will need to move the front sight (Winchester 94 has a fixed rear site for windage). When moving a front sight, if you move the sight left your bullet moves right, and vise versa.
4. Shoot another group and continue changing your sights until you are satisfied with your group placement.
Sighting a Scoped Gun
1.Follow steps 1-4 above, but adjust your point of aim by moving the scope turrets in the direction marked on them. Remember that each "click" is usually 1/4 inch at 100 yards, you will need to move the dial more is you are shooting at a closer distance.
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"Sighting in Fixed Sight Guns"...doesnt fixed sights mean...theyre fixed...?.....")....lol just messin witcha MkM....a technique i use with scoped guns is to slap them in my gun vice so they dont move, shoot the target then walk the crosshairs onto the bullet hole....then shoot for the bullseye should be dead on!...u can almost do a 1 shot sight in like that.
Calm down MkM ") ----------------------- Patterning your shotgun - 4/8/2008 11:40:22 AM donutdavid New Member Posts: 4 Joined: 4/8/2008 Status: offline I find the whole argument of patterning your shotgun difficult to believe. It's an industry within the turkey hunting industry. The more choke, the more pellets within the target. What's the big deal of shooting over and over with different loads and different chokes until you get it just right? Get what right? This is not rocket science. Anybody have a different opinion? Donut Post #: 1 RE: Patterning your shotgun - 4/8/2008 6:39:05 PM Longhunter7 New Member Posts: 1 Joined: 4/8/2008 Status: offline Donutdavid, There are many factors that can have an influence on the pattern your shotgun shoots. Lead vs. "Heavier then lead shot", choke constriction, 3 inch vs. 3 1/2, the manufacturer of shotshells you choose, etc. Get out there and try different loads and chokes to find out what your gun likes! It isn't rocket science but it pays to spend the time on the range, before the hunt.
_________________________ Longhunter7 Northern Illinois NWTF Member (in reply to donutdavid) Post #: 2 RE: Patterning your shotgun - 4/9/2008 7:45:34 AM doublegobble New Member Posts: 5 Joined: 4/9/2008 Status: offline I somewhat agree with donut. I shoot an 870 with a rem turkey choke tube, Its the only tube I've ever bought. I've patterened it with 5 shots about 12 yrs ago and never did again. Most of the birds I've shot were between 30 and 40 yrds. away. Maybe I just got lucky and picked the right combo for my gun, although I've used different shot and shells about every year. (in reply to Longhunter7)
from Game & Fish magazine: ---------------------- Avoiding Turkey Hunting's Top 10 Mistakes "There is simply no excuse for failing to know what kind of pattern your gun will throw with a particular shotshell. Don't go hunting until you've taken the time to take a few practice shots at the range. Failure to pattern your load could result in as many crippled birds as clean misses."