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Zero-ing the Mini 14 Tactical

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by sirgilligan, May 1, 2012.

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  1. sirgilligan

    sirgilligan Member

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    What range did you zero your Mini-14?
    I have a new Tactical with the 16" barrel.

    I am thinking 150 yards for zero.
    32 yards : 0.0"
    100 yards : 0.8"
    150 yards : 0.0"
    200 yards : -2.0"

    At least according to my ballistics calculations from my app.

    Seems like a nice flat shooting rifle since the sights are so close to the center of the bore. I think that will make this an excellent rifle to use with the open sights.

    Any thoughts out there?

    p.s. I can run the ballistics for different zero distances if anyone wants me to. It's not a problem.
     
  2. Sheepdog1968

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    Iron sights I tend to zero at 50 yards. Scopes I tend to zero either at 100 yards (range plinkers) or 200 yards (hunting rifles). The numbers you choose are close enough as well to be useful and practical.
     
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    I like the 100 yard zero for most applications iron sights or scope. The only time I change that philosophy is .22lr tinkering which I leave the iron sights at 50 yards and scope at 100 yards. BTW, nothing wrong with your zero at 150 yards.
     
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  5. sirgilligan

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    Thank you all.

    Yes, I am looking for that "close hold" sweet spot for open sights.
    I will run the numbers on a 50 yard zero too.
     
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    With 55 grain HP.
    I would zero it 1.5" high at 100 yards.

    That puts you
    .5 high at 50.
    1.5" high at 100.
    0 at 200.
    3" low at 250.
    8" low at 300.

    rc
     
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  7. kg7il

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    Sir Gilligan,
    Do you have a good idea of your working zone.
    My coyotes and raccons show up in that 30-75 yd range when approaching my birds.
    I also want an iron site zero hold for these pests.
    Although I know my yard and approximate ranges, it's easier to protect the zone.
     
  8. sirgilligan

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    50 - 75 yards (small stuff), but if the critters run I want to try to follow up.
    Dang coyotes are timid and have been fired at.... they don't get close at all. 150 wouldn't be unusual.
     
  9. rcmodel

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    See post #6.

    If you do that and hold the front sight on some fur?

    You will hit the coyote from muzzle flash range all the way to 250 yards without any correction or hold-over needed.

    The .223 has a reasonably flat trajectory out to 300 yards.
    Take advantage of it.

    rc
     
  10. sirgilligan

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    With the BC and MV that I have for the PMC Bronze 55 grain:

    0.0" at 23 yards
    0.9" at 50 yards
    1.5" at 75 yards
    1.8" at 100 yards
    (stays at 1.8" to 130 yards)
    1.5" at 150 yards
    0.0" at 200 yards
    -3.0" at 250 yards
    -7.8" at 300 yards

    That is a nice.



    Another interesting run of data:
    -0.5" at 25
    -0.1" at 50
    (0.00xx" at 55 through 85 yards)
    0.0" at 75
    -0.2 at 100
    -1.4 at 150
    -3.9 at 200
    -13.7 at 300


    It is a nice shooting round for sure.
     
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