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Suppose your rangefinder says the distance is  yards again. Our ever popular
. Win. Mag. will impact  inches low,
and your scope has quarter-minute clicks.
That means you move it four clicks to adjust
for one minute of angle (), which for all
practical purposes is  inch at  yards. (It's
actually . inches, but let's not split hairs.)
At  yards one click will equal  inch, as an
 at  yards is  inches. So, you adjust
the scope up  clicks and aim at where you
want to hit the deer. If he is at  yards, you
come up  clicks.
Simple, right? In theory, yes, but there
are problems.
The biggest problem is that a lot of
scopes don't work all that well. Often their
adjustments are erratic, so they do not
move the amount you expect. You think
you dialed in  inches, but the scope
moved only  inches, or maybe . I have
seen this time and time again with scopes
when trying to zero them.
Or maybe it didn't move at all because
it's stuck. (That happens a lot, too. That's

why you see savvy shooters tapping the
adjustments on their scopes after moving
them.) So, the shot is low but the recoil
jars the mechanism loose. Thinking you
didn't go enough, you dial in another 
clicks and the bullet sails over the buck's
back. This is particularly true with inexpensive scopes, but I have seen this with
top-of-the-line brands as well.
It also takes time to make the calculations and make the changes in the scope.
By the time you are finished, the deer
might have wandered away, or the distance may have changed so now you need
to add or subtract clicks. Finally there is a
danger of losing count, particularly when
the adrenaline is flowing. Now you don't
know where the heck your bullet is going
to impact, and you will need to go to a
shooting range and re-zero. If you ask me
why I know this, do not expect a polite
answer.
Dialing up is actually a preferred technique for a lot of snipers and competitors.
But they use scopes designed for long

range, which are not for hunting. Longrange scopes have external adjustment
turrets and are designed with very positive
movements. Most also have a feature by
which it's easy to return to your pre-set,
original zero. They will work for hunting,
but they are not perfect either. The large
target turrets stick up so they are in the
way and can be easily damaged. Also,
unless they lock, the turrets can rub on
your coat or in a gun case and turn so that
your rifle will impact off in space rather
than where you expect.
The best scopes are tough, as they are
designed for battle and they have locks on
the turrets, but they also are very expensive and usually quite heavy.
One variation on this technique that
works well for hunters is the Swarovski
Ballistic Custom Turret, which is custom
made to your cartridge and load. In addition to your main zero, it has three pre-set
distances you can dial up in an instant.
So, for a long shot you simply click to the
desired position and hold dead center.

Ballistic Reticles

The third long-range sighting option uses
a ballistic reticle with hold-over aiming
points. I think every major scope maker
has one or more of these in its lineup.
Some companies like Leupold even build
a custom reticle specific to your rifle and
cartridge. I know Swarovski, Nikon, Zeiss
and others offer online ballistic programs
A bullet fired from a .300 Win. Mag. with a
200-yard zero arcs upward (compared to
the line of sight) from point of departure
until about 130 yards. After that it begins
to drop dramatically as distance-and
time of flight-increases. But with a 200yard zero, the bullet is never more than
1.86 inches above or more than 3 inches
below the line of sight out to 250 yards.

200 yard zero
3.6
1.8
0.0
-1.8

Bullet Drop In Relation to Line of Sight

Inches

-3.6

(With 200 yard Zero)

-5.4
-7.2
-9.0

-10.5
-12.6
-14.4

0

50

100

150

Range in Yards

  ❘

200

 ❘  .

250

300

350


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