Bullred44

Bought my son a .308 bolt action rile.

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This rifle will be used to hunt deer with.  We hunted with shotgun last year but they were always just out of range .  It came with a 3 x 9 x 40 scope.  We just have to sight in the scope.  Anyone else have experience with a .308?  BTW it was his 15th birthday present.

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308 is a great choice. 

Do you have a lot of experience getting a scope dialed in?

With the cost and availability of ammo these days you could take some shortcuts to get it close without going bang. 

 

 

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8 hours ago, Kml said:

308 is a great choice. 

Do you have a lot of experience getting a scope dialed in?

With the cost and availability of ammo these days you could take some shortcuts to get it close without going bang. 

 

 

Agreed, especially with a bolt gun.

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10 hours ago, Kml said:

308 is a great choice. 

Do you have a lot of experience getting a scope dialed in?

With the cost and availability of ammo these days you could take some shortcuts to get it close without going bang. 

 

 

I have zero experience with scopes.

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5 mins ago, Bullred44 said:

I have zero experience with scopes.

after you have it mounted

 

try to have it boresighted

 

you can also buy laser cartridges that will emit a laser beam from the bore

 

when you are ready to zero - zero for 100 yards.

 

start at 25 yards first.

 

put up your target at 25 yards - nothing more than a 5.5 inch diameter circle with an x in the middle.  mark the 12 o'clock position of the circle with a big blob.

 

put the center of the reticle on the 12 o'clock blob.  fire one shot.

 

see where it hits.

 

your objective is to hit the center of the circle (the x) while aiming at the 12 oclock position with the reticle.

 

to save on shots - understand your windage and adjustment knobs.  how many minutes of angle per click?

 

for example, 0.5 MOA means 0.5 inches at 100 yards.  That means 2 clicks per inch - for 100 yards.  at 25 yards, that's 4x as much - 8 clicks per inch.

 

when you've gotten on the X at 25 yards, move to 100 yards to fine-tune your zero.

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Depending on where you will be hunting with him will tell best range for a scope.     Hunting in Maine a 1x4 or 2x7 is a  good starting point.

If hunting longer distances 300 yd +  a 3x9 or bigger.   The bigger the scope power, the smaller the field of view at closer ranges.

 

  

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Another quick way to get on  paper is pull the bolt and look through the barrel at 25 yards. (if you don't have a bore sighter)

If you buy the scope from a decent retailer they should mount and bore sight for you. 

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5 mins ago, DEM Parking Lot said:

You're an awesome dad.

 

I used to have a Savage axis in 30-60.  Great gun.

 

What brand scope does the rifle have?

It came with a 3 x 9 x 40 crossfireII .

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6 mins ago, fishweewee said:

after you have it mounted

 

try to have it boresighted

 

you can also buy laser cartridges that will emit a laser beam from the bore

 

when you are ready to zero - zero for 100 yards.

 

start at 25 yards first.

 

put up your target at 25 yards - nothing more than a 5.5 inch diameter circle with an x in the middle.  mark the 12 o'clock position of the circle with a big blob.

 

put the center of the reticle on the 12 o'clock blob.  fire one shot.

 

see where it hits.

 

your objective is to hit the center of the circle (the x) while aiming at the 12 oclock position with the reticle.

 

to save on shots - understand your windage and adjustment knobs.  how many minutes of angle per click?

 

for example, 0.5 MOA means 0.5 inches at 100 yards.  That means 2 clicks per inch - for 100 yards.  at 25 yards, that's 4x as much - 8 clicks per inch.

 

when you've gotten on the X at 25 yards, move to 100 yards to fine-tune your zero.

Thanks.  It was bore-sighted at the store.

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