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after the sighting process-or those first couple
of shots on your hunting trip may not go where
the others did during your sighting-in.
When I was competing in high power rifle
silhouette I would clean my incredibly accurate
rifles after just 10 rounds. I would run a couple
of dry patches followed by a patch wetted with
automotive brake and electric motor cleaner
(not engine cleaner) followed with a dry patch
or two. The brake cleaner removed any cleaner
and the rifle would shoot dead-on from the
cleaned barrel exactly as sighted in.
A few items for you to check before you go to
the range:
■ Clean and dry barrel
■ Rifle correctly lubed
■ Screws on the rings and bases are
reasonably tight
■ Action screws are tight
■ An optional check depending on your
level of fiddling with a rifle. Is the barrel
free floating all the way back to the

receiver (check by running a dollar bill
folded over and sliding between the
barrel and stock. Free floating rifle barrels
will almost always outshoot bedded or
contact stock to barrel rifles.

ONCE AT THE RANGE
Benching your rifle correctly is critical. The trick
in effective sighting-in/zeroing is shot-to-shot
consistency. Your group accuracy is dependent
on the gun and ammunition of course, but in
most cases most important is you! Most rifles
will easily outshoot their owners. Another
matter is that of the wind and mirage which
requires a fair amount of time spent on a
known distance range with the shooter carefully observing shot-to-shot and taking notes
on the effects of wind and mirage. By the way,
if you think there is no image moving mirage
over a snowy field on a sunny day-I got news
for you. Generally, it's about how well we hold
and function the rifle from shot-to-shot.

The trick in effective sighting-in (or zeroing)
is shot-to-shot consistency.

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