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Zero Distance for a Brownie Rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by 9mmepiphany, Feb 24, 2010.

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  1. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    Dec 27, 2002
    northern california
    maybe my Google Fu is just weak, but i can't seem to find this, so i again bow to the knowledge of this forum and it's collective wisdom.

    i have a friend...really...who has a desire to go hunting the large bruin of the North.

    to that end, has had a custom rifle built on an Enfield action...strength and controlled feed...in .375 H&H. he has been practicing with it, apparently he can afford it, smoothly working the action and has asked me to help him get it zeroed.

    the last time i helped a friend with this, we were looking at it as a thin skinned game rifle and zeroed it for 200 yards, figuring it to hit a couple of inches high at 100 yards...so he could use it for everything besides the Big 5.

    i was wondering...have never hunted BEAR...would you still zero for 200 yards or something closer. experience or a link to a reference would be very helpful.

    Last edited: Feb 24, 2010
  2. blitzen

    blitzen Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Sight it in as you would any other rifle. 3 to 3.5 inches high at 100yds. The last brown bear I was in on was shot at about 40 yards. (by my old man)
  3. jbech123

    jbech123 Member

    Oct 16, 2007
    My 375 is sighted in for 200. The trajectory is similar to my 308, so I sighted in for the same distance just for the familiarity aspect. Although shooting brownies at 200+ is the exception, if your "friend" has the possibility of shooting other game while on the trip the 200 yard zero might be an advantage. I shot my griz at about 100yards, but took several wolves and caribou at 350+.
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