Understand A Rifle Scope In and Out
The rifle scope is your best assistant in the game of hunting, and learning how to adjust it can benefit your shooting skill. But before that, let us take a look inside and understand how they are made.
Every scope has an interior and exterior part. The interior of a rifle scope consists of many lenses and pieces of glasses that allow magnification. This feature is fixed or adjustable depending on what type of scope you have.
When you are aiming, you are looking at a reticle on the eyepiece, this reticle is also called a crosshair. It allows you to center the target. Simply put, your shot will hit the object where the crosshairs are present.
The exterior part of a trifle scope is where you control your settings to get an accurate hit on targets. This appears as the two or sometimes three knobs known as turrets outside your scope.
This feature gives shooters an ability to align the crosshairs with the target by moving it up, down and sideways.
Some scopes come with two turrets elevation and windage for up and down, left and right adjustment perspectively, but many new high-end tactical ones nowadays feature a parallax turret for focusing. However, this setting is usually fixed and unchangeable before, but now it has become popular in the game.
What Does It Mean By Adjusting A Rifle Scope?
Understand scope adjustment is not as difficult as understanding math; you already knew it inside out. Now, there are three things you need to remember when setting your scope. It’s elevation, windage, and parallax.
Every rifle scope has these three functions for adjusting. They appear outside your scope as the three turrets – one on top and two aside – which allow you to control the reticle on the eyepiece.
Now let’s take a closer look on their meaning individually.
The elevation turret works on an MOA (Minute of Angles) principle. This setting allows you to compensate for bullet drop as the result of gravitational pull, and it is also called up and down adjustment.
A bullet flight path does not always travel in a straight line because of many factors such as angle, gravity, temperature and of course, wind, that’s why you need windage. This turret is your left and right adjustment. Simply put, the more you turn, the more windage you get.
Finally, the parallax is what you rarely see on a scope in the past, or it usually appears as a fixed setting as I mentioned above because they don’t want you to mess with this. But there has been a change in the game recently, and this feature becomes adjustable to provide you more flexibility.
So if you understand how to adjust these three settings then you are halfway there, but wait, there are more to it!
Why Does Scope Adjusting Matter?
When firing a gunshot, there is nothing else that you desire more than to hit your target. However, to obtain accuracy and avoid a missing, you need to adjust your scope constantly until you get a clear shot.
At a specific magnification, all the view will become clear through your scope and appear at the crosshairs. But when it doesn’t, this means you are out of focus and it is what you don’t want to happen.
It is important to know that scope adjustment is a crucial step when you shoot a rifle.
If you want to get ahead of the game, you need a lot of practices to get a feeling around your gear, and gain more confidence. Mastering this skill requires a combination of balancing the windage, elevation and parallax setting.
These three factors are equally important because they complement each other to improve your skill.
When your head moves, the object will also move from the crosshairs and cause your shot to miss. This is called parallax.
Adjusting elevation means you make your target and rifle to be on the same plane. Simply put, you definitely don’t want to shoot straight if your target is up.
The last thing is the windage. In term of science, the bullet creates a force as a result of friction between the air and the object. You lose windage; you miss your shot.
So why is scope adjustment necessary? Because every single change on these three features will determine how accurate your shot is.
How To Adjust Your Rifle Scope
So I am assuming that you now have an idea of how a rifle scope work, don’t you?
Now let’s put all this part together, and learn to adjust the rifle scope. This technique can be done in the following ways:
- Step 1: firstly, you should check what kind of knobs your scope offers. The top one you can use to adjust the crosshairs going up and down while the one on the side helps you to adjust from left to right.
If you do it right, the position of the rifle’s arm will be in line with what you are seeing.
- Step 2: Shoot a few rounds to see how far off your shots are. Now, you move toward the direction of the misses and constantly make adjustments until you get a perfect sight.
- Step 3: If you still cannot hit it correctly, go and find out what inches per click you can get on your scope and then turn the dial accordingly.
It depends on the average divergence of the bullet to the left or right, up or down, you can make a few clicks on the windage or elevation turret for correction until you hit the target.
- Step 4: Find out the parallax setting for a certain distance from your eyepiece to the eye relief, and look through the scope from slightly different positions.
When see the black border around the crosshairs, adjust yourself until you see all this black shade equally around the reticle.
You might want to watch this video below to understand more about this technique.
In our final words, knowing how to adjust a rifle scope is very crucial, because it not only assists you with your shooting game but also makes you a greater shooter.
I am sure that you wouldn’t want to miss your target just because you cannot aim properly. Let us know or share your technique by commenting below; we love to hear from your experience. And now if you think this article is useful and practical, send it to your friends, so next time they won’t miss a shot.