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At what distance do you use a scope on your airgun?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by SinfulFate, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. SinfulFate

    SinfulFate Member

    I was wondering approximately what distance should you use a scope? I can usually get within 20 yds of everything i shoot but sometimes i cant. I usually hust small pests and rabbit. My gun came with a scope but i didnt feel like goin through the hassle of sighting it in for thhat one time that somethings out of range with open sights. So what should i do? Keep open sights or scope it up? Its a 17 caliber by the way.
  2. jlmurphy

    jlmurphy Well-Known Member

    I use a 4x32 airgun scope. Almost by definition airgun targets are small, a low powered scope really helps. Zero it at 30 or 50yds, learn the trajectory, and have fun!
  3. Titan6

    Titan6 member


    Though my RWS is fairly flat shooting it does have a trajectory. It also depends upon what you are shooting at. Rabbits and such benefit from a scope as it assures accurate shot placement.
  4. AK103K

    AK103K Well-Known Member

    I have a Gamo Hunter that came with a scope. Its a .177 and I have no troubles hitting pop cans at about 50 yards. I'm zeroed for about 25-30 yards, and 50 just requires a top of the can hold.
  5. MilsurpShooter

    MilsurpShooter Well-Known Member

    Have an old Crosman multi-pump that I shoot, plinking not necessarily hunting, although it has taken out a squirrel who decided he like my attic more then my moms old car in the back. I've it sighted for 40 yards and can effectively split match sticks with it
  6. SinfulFate

    SinfulFate Member

    So should i sight it in at the average distance i shoot game from?
  7. Smith357

    Smith357 Well-Known Member

    With my old tired eyes in need optical help on all my rifles. My air rifle scopes have AO so I can shoot them from 10-50 yards.
  8. DMK

    DMK Well-Known Member

    That is a good question.

    Anybody know the ballistics of a 177 pellet?

    What would be the best distance to sight one in at for maybe a +/- 1" curve?
  9. SinfulFate

    SinfulFate Member

    what is AO?
  10. AK103K

    AK103K Well-Known Member

    With the varying number of guns and pellet configurations, I think your probably going to have to figure out what works for what you have. I got a mix of different pellets with my rifle, and had a few other brands/types laying around, and I dont think a one shoots to the same point as any other. Its actually pretty annoying.
  11. TaxPhd

    TaxPhd Well-Known Member

    Adjustable Objective. High quality scopes with AO can be very handy on air rifles, as the AO can be used as a range finder.


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