It might be to early to bring up scoped weapons, but i wanted to get this in before i forget
Before you can shoot correctly, you must have that scope properly mounted!!! (when asking one gun shop how they do it, their answer was by "looking"
at a door jam!.. now you will learn that is the worst/uninformed way to mount a scope
How to properly mount a scope (warning the author is trying to be funny):
One more point to add is, after the scope is sitting level on a leveled barrel/scope-rings, is you must watch those bubble-levels (BOTH OF THEM!)
THROUGHOUT the scope-screw-tightening process or else the over-tightening of one side will in fact rotate your scope. You can basically turn the screw
on one side of the scope like 3-rotations and watch the scope move way off level!
If your patience survives this meticulous process then you will have undoubtedly tightened up your shot-groupings at close and long range shooting and
saved a lot of money in ammo.
If you ever noticed that when trying to sight-in a gun that adjusting the UP/DOWN or LEFT/RIGHT, that your point of impact sort of veers off on a
45-degree angle from the last hit... then this is most likely your problem! An improperly mounted scope means UP/DOWN is now
If you ever noticed that you can be a tack-driver at 50yards but out at a 100yds that all of a sudden your missing by 5 inches!
Then ya... your
scope is slightly mounted wrong
. What's happening is you wasted lots of ammo on sighting in that close range target and then found out your gun
was nearly useless if you wanted to shoot at any other distance
Here's a reallife example:
Weapon = Benelli Super Black Eagle 2 + rifled slug barrel + Federal barnes expander 2 3/4" (ya we bought 2 3/4" because enough people said they
shoot better then the 3" version and at the cost of the bullets, we didn't want to risk it
At 50 yards, i had a point of impact of about half-inch from bullseye. At 100 yards i was BARELY on the paper, somewhere in the upper right of the
target!!. After all hopes that the scope was already level were shattered... yep had to break out the screwdriver and spend about a half hour getting
that scope properly leveled.
How was my shooting after? DEAD CENTER at 50 yards, 2" high at 100 yards, perfectly aligned left and right at all distances in between! I put 3-slugs
in the same hole at 100 yards as i carefully adjusted my elevation settings! to get as close as possible to that 100 yard bullseye without
compromising my 50 yards shooting. Basically i marched that point of impact down in a most uber-surgical fashion! After i was done at 100 yards, i
took one shell to check my 50 yard impact and i cut center. There i'm sighted in for the fall deer hunting season lol.
This is a shotgun people... not something typically known to be this accurate... This is also the first time i matched my Encore muzzle loader in