How do you get the per­fect zero? Phill Price will ad­vise you

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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.


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

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