Adjusting Hunting Rifle Scopes Using a Bore Sighter

A successful hunting trip requires yearly adjusting of your hunting rifle scope using a bore sighter.

| September/October 1987

Confidence in your gun equipment can be a key to more successful hunting trips when you use a bore sighter. 

Adjusting Hunting Rifle Scopes Using a Bore Sighter

The hunter, curled fetuslike, presses down into the Space Blanket that serves to separate him from the damp depression overlooking the field. It's two hours into his third and final day. The expectation that once helped keep him still and silent, the absolute belief in deer, has long gone. Nothing supports him in the face of stiffness and cold, nothing fights off the nagging whispers that say "quit," or "for God's sake, at least stand and stretch" — nothing but the grim determination to go out doing this right, to give no aid to an unfriendly fate.

Three hours. His body heat has melted the snow; wet fingers stretch over the lip of the ground cover. He closes his eyes against the internal taunts. When he opens them, three bucks are walking stiff-legged into the field, a scant 100 yards distant.

No trouble with control now. The gun comes up to rest on bent knees. A deep breath as the scope fills with deer, a half breath out; the crosshairs drop and hold behind the shoulder of the biggest, rest steady as the trigger creeps toward the always surprising shot. There!  

But the buck isn't down. The trio mill about in brief confusion and then stretch toward a windrow of trees. He sweeps the scope with them, less steady now, but still vacillating within the area of clean kill. A second shot. No tail drop, no sudden stumble or twitch, no sound of a bullet strike.

He's on his feet now, aiming only at the middle of the big buck's body. Shot. Shot. Shot. And the snicker of a firing pin on an empty chamber. Loading on the run, he finds the deep-driven tracks of panic, follows them to the woods. No blood, no hair. Five misses?  

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