How do you get the perfect zero? Phill Price will advise you
Getting your pellets landing exactly where the cross hairs of your scope are looking is a vital part of shooting success, which is why you must spend time to get it just right. There’s absolutely no point in shooting a gun that’s not perfectly adjusted because you cannot know where the pellet will land. This process is known as ‘zeroing’ and is quite simple to do once you know how. You’ll need the following things; a safe range where you won’t be disturbed, a table and chair, soft rests to support your rifle, pellets, air if you use a pre- charged gun, targets and a pellet catcher.
We’ll assume that you’ve correctly fitted your scope and that your rifle is in good working order. Firstly, place a target just 10 yards downrange and then carefully fire three shots at it. You might think it sounds odd to place the target so close, but if your sights are badly off, you might miss the paper completely if it’s any further away and won’t be able to tell where the pellets are going. Note where the centre of the group is, and then remove the windage and elevation covers from your scope’s adjusters.
LOW AND LEFT
Let’s say that the group is low and left. Turn the elevation adjuster 10 clicks up and shoot again, noting how much the group has moved. If you need more, dial another 10 clicks and shoot again and so on until you’re at the correct height. Next, dial 10 clicks right, shoot, adjust, shoot and so on until the group is right on the centre of the bull’s eye.
Once you’re confident that’s correct, put a fresh target at 20 yards and repeat the process, and when that’s spot-on place another new card out at 30 yards. Repeating the process at longer ranges refines the zero as you use fewer and fewer clicks to home in on perfection. A small error might not be noticed at 10 yards, but by 30 yards it will be very noticeable and you’ll be able to correct it.
Please remember that this zero is only correct for the pellet you used in that process and if you change type, you need to check the zero carefully every time. Also, if you work on the gun or change a part, such as the silencer, your zero must be checked. A correct zero is the foundation of every successful shot and something in which you need absolute confidence.
“Turn the elevation adjuster 10 clicks up and shoot again, noting how much the group has moved”
Windage and elevation adjusters move in defined clicks to help us measure the movement