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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Ronnie Frigulti
Ronnie Frigulti

FBI Firearms Instructor (Ret.)

As director of the FBI's Police Training Unit in Los Angeles, Frigulti oversaw the tactical and firearms training of field agents. He is FBI-certified as a Master Police Instructor, California-certified as a P.O.S.T. Police Instructor and NRA-certified as a Police Firearms Instructor. He continues to provide training to law enforcement and military personnel through his company Police Training Consultants (PTC).

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As director of the FBI's Police Training Unit in Los Angeles, Frigulti oversaw the tactical and firearms training of field agents. He is FBI-certified as a Master Police Instructor, California-certified as a P.O.S.T. Police Instructor and NRA-certified as a Police Firearms Instructor. He continues to provide training to law enforcement and military personnel through his company Police Training Consultants (PTC).

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