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The Best Way to Zero a Rifle

Laser bore-sighting systems make it a lot easier to line up a shot, but if you don't have the technology with you, use the old bolt-action method.

December 08, 2010  |  by Ronnie Frigulti - Also by this author

LaserLyte produces the MBS-CB22 laser bore-sighter. Image via LaserLyte.

Thanks to modern technology, the use of a laser bore-sighting usually makes quick work of zeroing a rifle. Even the older bore sights are not bad and will get you on paper when properly used.

Most pros use a universal laser bore-sighting system that has arbor inserts ranging from .22-.50 caliber. They kind of look like a black thermometer and are about the same size as one. The thin end is detachable; that's the arbor component that varies by caliber insert. That end goes muzzle in.

They range in price from $25 to $100, and are produced by 5.11 Tactical, BlackHawk, Bushnell and LaserLyte.

The old method on bolt-action rifles also works well — remove the bolt and sight through the bore at a target at least 25 yards away, and then move the sights or reticle with a scope to that same point on the target works well also.

The last method of bench firing your rifle on a target and maintaining the position after firing is to have a friend adjust the scopes until you see the reticle lined up on the shot fired. This can work well.

In any case, sighting in on a target at 25 yards is much easier than attempting to sight in at a greater distance. Once sighted in at 25 yards, it will be easy to find your shots at 100 yards or greater and make the correct adjustments.

Editor's Note: Brian Ostro contributed to this post.

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abdul hakeem @ 3/24/2013 5:47 AM

hi, it is good to see the laser bore sighter iam having .22cal riffle iam in need of laser bore sighter please let me know from were i can get it from India. waiting for your positive reply.

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