Using your scope to best effect
Hey folks I want to chat about zero stops and if they are really worth having. I saw a you tube post by Eric cortina recently that changed my perspective on zero stops on quality scopes.
First I want to define a “quality” scope. A good scope for long range shootings has the following characteristics:
1 good optics: simply clear vision at all magnifications.
2 sound mechanics: repeatable settings, good and clear markers showing turret settings
If a scope has these then I would recommend Eric Cortina's reccommendation of using your turrets like a micrometer. Turn your scope down to its limit and set it to zero.
Turn it up to your cartridge zero and record your turret setting. Now you can change barrels or guns and know the setting to get on zero. This is way better than setting a zero on a specific load.
Imagine you are at a hunting camp at diff elevation than your target load. Your zero stop is only valid at similar elevation, but as you check your zero at camp you find you need to subtract some mills or moa to zero yor rifle. If your rifle set up is based on the scope micrometer settings and if the scope is high quality you can simply add a couple of rads or minutes to your calculations to make the hit.
If like me you use 1 scope for 2 rifles this is the way to go.
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