Any rifle or gun scope is useable for long distant shooting. It usually has crosshairs for helping in aiming the right target. They are used somehow before the Civil War. But after World War II, scopes are getting improvements for every shooting like rifle shooters, hunters, defenders. These scopes allow the shooter to target his exact aim from a long distance as well as they are also helpful in securing themselves as they can also see the opposite target. 

Scopes also magnify the target and provide light in low-lightening conditions like dawn or dusk. For all these benefits, you have to understand the anatomy of this scope. So you can adjust it according to your needs and desires.

How to Adjust the Rifle Scope Correctly?

You need to know about the significant parts of long-range scope to understand the adjustment points. These parts are Ocular Lens, Ocular Housing, Ocular focus Adjustment, Magnification Adjustment, Scope Body, Turrets, Reticle, Parallax Adjustment, and Objective Lens. Now we have many adjustments discussing below:

Elevation Adjustment

Elevation adjustment is about the up or down position of the bullets according to the aim. These adjustments are helpful when you have to shoot at different distances. As we know, when we mount any new scope, it must be zero. If you shoot at a different angle, the impact will be low or high than the POA (Point of Aim). 

As it falls when it leaves the barrel and the barrel is upward to balance this drop. To change the POI (Impact of Bullet), we have to turn the turret in the “up” direction on the scope.

When you click the turret each time, it has its particular angular measurement. Some scopes have counterclockwise for “up” and clockwise for “down”. You can consider the turret as a screw moving up and down.

Windage Adjustment

It is the same as elevation adjustment. But there is the “right” or “left” point. This adjustment is usually available by moving the scope turret at the top. You will get more Windage by turning the dial more to left or right. And it lifts the POI left or right. Each click means the change in Bullets trajectory in minutes of Angles in inches. 

Parallax Adjustment

It is crucial. If your head is not in the exact position, you will miss the shoot. Likewise, if your reticle and the target are in alignment with each other. But your head is misaligned, then you will move the rifle to correct the position. This step changes the orientations of the barrel, and hence you will get a miss through the wrong bullet path. It is called the parallax effect. Your eye must have focused on the reticle, and then the focal point of the image must have to be in line with the reticle. There will be no parallax effect.

Eyepiece Focus

The wrong focused eyepiece is another big mistake in the shooting. The eyepiece must adjust that you can see the reticle clearly without any blurry effect or straining. This correct adjustment is the key to the success of getting a clear target image through the scope. Place a white paper sheet at some feet before you do it. For a second, look at the gun scope and adjust in any direction.  Close your eyes for a while and repeat the steps. And a time will be when you see the reticle sharp and clear within a second.

Magnification Adjustment

A ring is usually present near the ocular housing if you have the adjustable magnification in your scope. The target will look smaller or larger according to your needs. Sometimes the reticle size increases. In some gun scopes, it remains the same through the entire magnification range. There are usually two types of gun scopes, first focal or second focal plane. 

In the first focal plane, the reticle size increases or decreases. They are likely to be expensive. So the second focal plane scopes are best, they only set the target image, and the reticle will remain the same. It is crucial for the reticle to have sight right on target but can be problematic if you want to use the graduated marks. For perfection, you should shoot at lower magnification- a tip.

Brightness Adjustment

Illumination of the reticle is also a significant step in the shooting. From scope to scope, brightness adjustment varies, and you can see the manual of your gun scope. But remind some things about the brightness. Always turn it off when you are done with the shooting to save its battery. Always have an extra storage battery with you. For perfect shooting, brightness should be low to avoid sparkling.

Movement of Scope

It is mandatory to have the scope right in its position on the rifle for perfect shooting and movement. Three areas are significant aspects, height, the forward or backward position of gun scope, and rotation.

To check its height, place your head on the stock, and when you are comfortable, look in the scope. If there is any problem, you can easily understand whether you have to make the scope above or below from the position. Good quality Height scope rings can are useable for adjusting the height of the gun. 

When you have done with the perfect height, you should check the forward and backward position of the scope. Move it until you get your desired setup. If it is at an inferior site, you will get a black ring around the target.

It is called a scope shadow. Zero shadows are helpful for perfect positioning. 

So, when you have done with the right height and the exact position, you should set the proper rotation level. A flat piece of metal is useable to smoothen the surface. Scope leveling tools help for the setting of the surface level.

All the above steps are contemporary for your perfect shooting. It is also crucial to choose a scope that fulfills your requirements in all conditions.

🤔 Parts of scope for adjustment

You need to know about the significant parts of long-range scope to understand the adjustment points....

🔍 Elevation Adjustment

These adjustments are helpful when you have to shoot at different distances...