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I have a nightforce scope and i'm having trouble shooting a constant group. It seems to have a flyer per each 5 shots. Is this a possible problem with the scope, as the gun is new. The shots are from a benchrest and sandbags.

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It could also be the ammunition. If its federal or remmington ammo it probally isnt but if its generic ammo it could be. it is unlikely that the scope would be off, then back on again. I am sure you made sure the two mounting screws are tight and that there was nothing in the way when you put it on like a small piece of metal from when the scope was made that might have gotten pinched in the mounting clamps. Also, are the screws tight for sighting in the scope?

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I have a Bushnell Sprotiew 4x, 15mm scope mounted on a Mossburg .22 rifle. My shots are hitting left six inches and low. Can you please tell me how to adjust this scope? Thank you.


Keep in mind Diane this is for a set distance. if you are taking a shot at a target further than your are set for (ie a target you wont get 3 shots @) remember how the bullet is travelling as it goes down range

one idea would be to set your rifle up down range and zero it in on a target (preferably paper) now adjust 1 MOA (try and have target @ 100 yards and 200 yards)

see how far the bullet moves for each moa adjustment. then check it against the next range.

this should remain constant @ a set number of inches per 100 yards.

so if you zero in @ 100 yards and then move 1 moa any direction and it adjusts (lets say and hope it is 1.047 inches") then you do the same for 200 yards. it should be twice as much movement. ie 2.094"

once you know what 1 moa represents on your scope you can adjust alot more accurately.

REMEBER the total inches of movement / adjustment per MOA is directly related to range (a precise range helps in shooting) so if your squirrel is 150 yards and your first shot is off 9" to adjust you divide 9" by the inches per moa so 1.5 (150 yards /100) X (Inches per 100 yards per moa you measured hopefully 1.047") its 9" divided by 2x1.047 = 9" / 2.094 = 4.29799

this number needs to be rounded to the nearest click on your scope (most are 1/4 MOA scopes and you can tell by looking at how many clicks/lines are inbewteen each large number on your windage and elevation dials

so to turn this into an adjustment we round 4.29799 to 4.25 which is 4.25 MOA or 17 clicks on a 1/4 min scope.

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Note i can provide EXACT information that would allow you to determine range, and windage and elevation adjustments by looking through scope and estimating range
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