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Sighting in a shotgun

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Brass Fetcher, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Brass Fetcher

    Brass Fetcher Well-Known Member

    A good method for sighting in a shotgun with adjustable sights.

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  2. youngsait

    youngsait Member

    Thanks for the good information.
  3. Brass Fetcher

    Brass Fetcher Well-Known Member

    Thank you for that .. the method will also work with non-adjustable shotgun sights. But of course more experimentation with different loads is necessary in order to find one whose center of impact = the center of aim.
  4. tacxted

    tacxted Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info JE223 and great channel btw.

    I have one, possibly a few, questions related to the above quote from your paper. My remington 870 has rem chokes and an 18" barrel. I was wondering if it would be benefical for me to sight in with my full choke at the maximum distance (while still printing a group on paper) as opposed to sighting in closer. My logic being that sighting in closer may not be as accurate when I push out to longer ranges. Instead sighting in at longer range would produce consistant results. If this isnt the case would you recommend sighting in close, then moving back and re-sighting? Thoughts please.
  5. Brass Fetcher

    Brass Fetcher Well-Known Member

    Sighting in at a longer range would be better in order to give the shot pellets time to spread out radially to form the pattern. Measuring the pellets while there are still 2-3 pellets clustered together will make your measurements unrepresentative of the actual shot pattern. Shooting at a closer target is indeed a good way to start if the sights are way off ... but if the sights are somewhat on to begin with, I would recommend sighting for the intended range in order to reduce the time you need to spend on this.
  6. tacxted

    tacxted Well-Known Member

    Will do, thankyou for the input


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