How to Sight in a Simmons Rifle Scope

by Peter Timm
You can sight in your rifle scope through several different techniques.

You can sight in your rifle scope through several different techniques.

Simmons offers a variety of high quality, reliable rifle scopes. Sighting in a Simmons scope can either be done by utilizing a boresighter, visually looking through the rifle barrel or by using live ammunition. Using an optical or laser boresighter lets you sight in your rifle without having to fire it. Visual boresighting also can be done without using ammunition, but only with bolt action rifles. Before sighting in your scope, check the chamber of your rifle and verify that it is unloaded.

Using a Laser Boresighter

Set up your target at your desired range (or 100 meters for generally sighting in).

Install your laser boresighter, activate the laser and aim at your target.

Observe where the laser beam strikes the target—that is your projected point-of-impact and where you want your scope crosshairs to intersect.

Using an Optical Boresighter

Attach the optical boresighter to the end of the rifle barrel.

Look through your rifle scope at the grid pattern that’s now visible and observe the location of the center of the grid in relation to your scope crosshairs. The center of the grid is your project point-of-impact and where you want your crosshairs centered.

Use the adjustment procedure described in section one to center your crosshairs on the center of the grid, and remove the boresighter.

Visual Boresighting

Set up a target at your desired range.

Remove the bolt from your rifle and (with your rifle in a steady position) look through your rifle barrel at a specific spot on your target.

Align your scope crosshairs with this spot, using the adjustment procedure described in section one, and place the bolt back in the rifle.

Live Fire

Set up a target at your desired range.

Aim your rifle at the center of your target and fire three controlled shots.

Observe where your bullets hit the target and adjust the scope crosshairs to align with that position.

Items you will need

  • Boresighter (optional)
  • Live bullets (optional)

Warning

  • Always shoot in a clear area away from any people.

About the Author

Peter Timm has been writing since 2002 for both print and online publications. Timm earned a Bachelor of Arts from the New York Institute of Technology in 2008 and emerged a technically astute writer.

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