One Shot Sight IN


November 6, 2003, 01:13 AM
Went to the range today to get my Marlin sighted in for deer season. I had shot at 50 and 100 yard then went to 25 to see where she would hit. I put 3 rounds into the target and they hit dead on where my ballistic software said it should. The only other person on the line was sighting in a 30-06 he had just bought. He fired 1 round at 25 yards and hit the bullseye. He was real proud of the rifle which he had saved 3 years for and was taking it deer hunting. I could tell he didn't know much about guns so I was real shocked when after only one round he started to pack up to head home. I suggested he might shoot a few rounds at 50 & 100 yards but he was happy with the one round.

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November 6, 2003, 02:45 AM
Wanna bet his first shot at a deer is a miss?

I do a 2-shot sight in on my varmint rig, but only to check the zero. Shoot once, move crosshairs from bullseye to POI, then take another shot to verify. 99% of the time, I'm perfect with that, but still this guy's method leaves alot to be desired.

November 6, 2003, 05:42 AM
but I'd take that bet

been doing the "one shot" for a number of years

several criteria that are critical. You must have a VERY secure rest. I use a Black and Decker workmate with a blanket for padding. You must be a good (as in GOOD) shooter

secure the firearm and take a shot at 25 with the scope caps removed. Clamp down the gun and put the crosshairs on the bullseye. Now, without moving the gun, adjust the scope so the crosshairs are dead on the bullet hole. Now the gun and the scope are aimed the same place. The bullet is moving up to cross the line of sight, so it's typically also zero'd at about 100 yards.

Oh, about the shot....I hit a moving coyote at 130 yards two years ago...with a Remington 870 shotgun and copper solid slug

but...a newbie??? Prolly needs some trigger time, Kinda reminds me of some guys that want to go bowhunting. They'd come into our shop the evening before opening day and buy a totally new outfit, then want us to sight it in for the next morning.

Nando Aqui
November 6, 2003, 07:24 AM
One shot? There may be more advantages than initially meet the eye. For one thing, if he fires just one shot, he won't really have to clean the rifle. This way, when he goes hunting, the first shot will be under the same 'dirty barrel' conditions as when he last fired.

Read this:


Art Eatman
November 6, 2003, 07:28 AM
"Hit the bullseye". Fine. How big a bullseye? One inch off center at 25 yards is four inches at 100.

Lots of trivial stuff, too. No way to know if the guy didn't put some jerk into the trigger pull, for instance. No way to know how good a sight picture he held...

It's one thing to do a one-shot check of a rifle you've been using for a number of years. But a brand new, never tested one? No way, Jose.

Then, again, him not knowing he can't, he'll probably drop a Boone & Crockett buck, first shot of opening morning...

:), Art

November 6, 2003, 07:37 AM

November 6, 2003, 07:47 AM
Wait, let me get this straight. Forget about the one shot sight in for a moment.

This guy saved 3 YEARS for a rifle and on his first range outing he shoots it ONE time?:confused: :confused:

I would have been dragged out by the range officers at closing time wishing that I had time to police up some of my spent brass that was laying around from shooting all day.

I swear, some people... :)

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