Simmons Prohunter Model 517710 won't shoot a group
I mounted this scope on a T/C Omega .50 and no matter what load I used it would not shoot a group. I could not get it adjusted properly. All mounts secure, shooting off of a good rest, tried many different bullets and amounts powder. I gave up and used it shooting an 8" group. I can shoot minute of angle groups with my old CVA and other centerfire rifles. I have removed the scope and have in the box to send back.
Re: Simmons Prohunter Model 517710 won't shoot a group
You SHOULD send it back. There is something loose inside the scope. Even the worst Simmons scope will get you to 2"-3" group. Also, when you replace it, you might want to consider their (or Nikons) shotgun scopes. They are built to with stand the power of the higher centerfire calibers and magnum shotgun shells.
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Any scope will work on any gun. Its effectiveness requires your to match capability with need. A rimfire scope is intended for a 50 yard zero. If you expect to do most of your shooting at 50 yards, it will work fine.
Your scope has 5 adjustments:
1. Eye piece focus - used to focus on the reticle.
2. windage adjustment - should be on the R side of the scope, adjusts lateral impact point.
3. Vertical adjustment - the top turret. Adjusts vertical point of impact.
4. Power ring - adjusts the magnification of the scope.
5. AO ring - Parralax adjustment - used to focus the scope at specific distances. Most markings are not exact, you should set it at the range you are shooting and fine tune focus when you look through the scope.
You may try to bore sight it first. Pull the bolt and setting the gun on a good rest sight thru the barrel at a dot on the wall within ten feet. Then adjust the scope to that dot. As you adjust the scope tap the bore of the scope with a screw driver handle, tap it after each adjustment not hard, but enough to give it a sharp jolt. Once you are close here, move out to the range and shoot at 15 yards. Using a rest, again tap the scope after each adjustment. Then move out to 50 yards and you will want to be shooting high 1.5 to 2 inches here. Shoot slow keep the barrel cool and try for 2 shot groups till you have got the scope dialed in. Then move out to 100 yards for your preference of zero. Remember use the same ammo you will hunt with or at least the same bullet weight. If you can't get her to get on paper you can try to loosen the scope in the rings, one at the time once the gun is a little warm. Loosen the barrel ring first then snug it back down and then the receiver ring. If your group moved now, she was in a bind due to a cold gun at set up / installation.
Shoot 1 round from bench rest put gun in gun vise and adjust top and side screw under round cap till cross is dead on the hole you shot with first shot and gun should be sighted in fine adjustment can be made if needed
When you click on "customer service" on the simmonsoptics.com website, it takes you to the Bushnell customer service web page.
The number for customer service that is given is:
The customer service rep. told me to "go to the Simmons web page".
Which, of course, takes me back to the Bushnell web page. It's a circular race track.......
In my opinion, Simmons/Bushnell has lousy customer service.
I bought a 2nd hand Simmons 3-9X50 scope (model #800479) that needed the screw on caps for the reticle adjustment screws. A small request, I thought.....one that should be easily remedied by calling Simmons/Bushnell customer support.
No dice. Customer support told me to spend $15 to send them the scope, and then they "will have to look around and find something that will fit."
Oh really??? Doesn't Simmons/Bushnell already KNOW the sizes of the parts they have?
Just send me the damn caps. They will cost Simmon/Bushnell no more than a buck apiece.
Then I asked for a user manual for said scope. No dice. The customer support lady told me to find the manual on the Simmons web page.
The Simmons web page doesn't provide user manuals online.
Their customer support needs a lot of improvement.
sounds like it could be the scope more than any thing but shoot at 100 yd 5 shot group and see if it groups if if shots dance around on target make shure your mounts are tight there is time that companys send screws for the mounts that are to long for the holes that are taped in the gun the mount mite feel tight but could have play yet witch make your gun not shoot well you could also try setting the scope on 4 power shoot a shot at 50 yards then crank it up to 9 power shoot a shot if bullet impact moves it is the scope hope i helped ya out and good luck
Mount the rifle with the scope and make a mark on the backstop right where the crosshairs are pointed at
Shoot several times, several shots will surley jolt the scope some.
If the crosshairs have moved much past your mark then this would indicate the scope is the issue.
If the crosshairs are still pretty well centered to the mark, its not the scope.
If at the same time your grouping looks terrible, and your scope still is on the mark, and the gun is WELL mounted, then the issue is with the accuracy of the rifle.
Make sure the rifle is mounted good for this to ba accurate .
Hope this helps