Zeroing for different ranges

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    aq75
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    Hello every one , i have just finished zeroing my scope rifle for 20 yard range.

    My question is if i am going to shoot in 40 yard range , do i need to zero it again for 40 yard?

    In other words, do i need zeroing my scope rifle every time the range change?

    Thank you all

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    cea1960
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    Not if it has a mildot reticle.  I have a rifle zeroed for 25yds.  I placed targets at 15, 35, and 45 yards and shot them using different hold over / hold unders until i hit bullseye.  Then i recorded the data and keep it with that rifle.  Now i can shoot any target between 15 and 45 yards and know which mildot to hold on center.

    NOTE: some distances may need + – 1/2 mildots. 

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    JCD
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    If you want to dig around the Field Target posts, you'll find discussions on Hunter FT scope setup. Hunter FT shooters can focus but can't click. If your scope only has a center dot / crosshair the best you going to get without clicking is 2 'zero' points There are better descriptions/videos than I can offer now but I use 2 zeros. (I'm not in the majority). If I zero at around 25y, i'd be a little high at 30ish and back on zero at about 38-40y. Lots of variables but I just figure it out but shooting paper targets with the actual scope setup and pellet I want to use in my gun….

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    Gunnertrones
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    nced
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    Well…..I zero my .177 HW95 and .177 R9 at 30 yards. This gives me a "zear zero" of about 18 yards and a "far zero" at 30 yards with a 1/8" rise at about 26 yards. This allows me to hold "dead on" from 18 to 30 yards and then hold over the target using mil dots. This also keeps me from having to use both hold over and hold under. Here is a target I shot a while back using a 30 yard zero when checking the trajectory of my .177 R9 at a particular tune level………..

    LOL….I carry this silliness a bit further by marking my side wheel or AO with symbols representing what mil dots to use based on the sharp focus distance with scope set at 12x or 16x…….

    If the pointer lines up with a "+" I know to hold "crosshair on". If the pointer lines up with a single "." after focusing I hold "one lower mil dot on". If the pointer lines up with ".|." after focusing I know to hold "between the first and second lower on"….so on and so forth. The "fly in the ointment" with my setup is that the marks are only good for one setup and one scope power setting.

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    PigeonMan
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    Yes you will need to rezero for each yards cause there will be different point of impact. Most folks just use mil dots and hold over. Or you can do what some of us do and get a mtc viper pro. It will allow you to zero for any yards and just dial the torrent to whatever  yard you shooting at and you always on target. Check out Ted's videos for how it works. Just YouTube Ted holdover MTc viper pro. Imo it's better than holding over cause you always guessing which mil dot to aim at. With the MTc scope it's written in there.

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    aq75
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    Thank you all for the informative answers.

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    nced
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    "Or you can do what some of us do and get a mtc viper pro."

    This option isn't for everybody (myself included) since the 3-18×50 version costs about $640 and weighs a bit over 2 1/2 pounds……..

    https://www.trenieroutdoors.com/optics-2/mtc-optics/mtc-optics-viper-pro-3-18×50-scb2-reticle/

    There is a lighter cheaper version called the Viper Pro Tactical which costs "only" about $560 and weighs "only" a bit ober 26 1/2 ounces and it doesn't seem to have al the gimmicks of the above……

    https://www.trenieroutdoors.com/optics-2/mtc-optics/mtc-optics-viper-pro-tactical-3-18×50-scb2-reticle/

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    L.Leon
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    PigeonMan

    Yes you will need to rezero for each yards cause there will be different point of impact. Most folks just use mil dots and hold over. Or you can do what some of us do and get a mtc viper pro. It will allow you to zero for any yards and just dial the torrent to whatever  yard you shooting at and you always on target. Check out Ted's videos for how it works. Just YouTube Ted holdover MTc viper pro. Imo it's better than holding over cause you always guessing which mil dot to aim at. With the MTc scope it's written in there.

    You don’t “guess” which mil dot to use. Through practice and lots of shooting you “know” which dot to use at the range of your target/quarry. I’m assuming you already know the range of your target (range finder)?

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    Skidoo165
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    Strelok pro app, absolutely works 110 percent perfect, zero guessing, no logging shots, just pull this app up tells u exactly the info u need, whether ur dialing or using hold over…

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    nced
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    Hummmm…..after playing with ballistic programs a while back and realizing that I needed to actually shoot "verification groups" anyway, the "puter app" wasn't very useful. The "puter app" results are dependent on the ballistic coefficient of the pellet and the BC is altered when the pellet exits the choke of a particular gun. My results never did match the "real world" with my HW springers close enough to be more than a "rough estimate". I'm thinking that the two way recoil + "piston torque" of my springers "throws" the pellets from my recoiling R9 & HW95 in ways that can't be calculated without messing with the BC imput, however this was indeed a pain in the butt. I needed to shoot multiple groups at different distances anyway to verify the results so I found the ballistic program to be an unnecessary "clunking layer" at best. I'm thinking that perhaps the "fly in the ointment" with my computed results is the two way recoil + "spring torque" of my recoiling R9 & HW95 "throws the pellet" in ways that can't be calculated.

    I guess that if I took the time to get two velocity readings at two different distances the actual BC could be calculated and the "puter results" would more accurately match "real world", but what's the point when I can simply shoot a target like this and get "hard data"………

     

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