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Sighting In Your Crossbow- A Quick Guide

Whether you just bought a brand new scope, or a whole new crossbow package all together, this brief tutorial will get you shooting tight groups in no time.

[caption id="attachment_5756" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Sighting in your crossbow Sighting in your crossbow correctly is a must for accurate shooting.[/caption] So you've finally pulled the trigger on a new scope for your crossbow and you want to get it up and running. Where to begin. First off you need to attach your sight to your bow just as the manufacturer intended. No need to worry about much here, just make sure the holes for the bolts line up and you will be good to go. With the sight attached you are ready to actually begin sighting in your crossbow. Before you begin your test shots its important to make sure you have a few things in place before you get started. One, make sure you have a solid rest to shoot from. You want everything to be as consistent as possible at this point, and a good shooting rest will help. Secondly, make sure to either sight in your bow inside a building, or on a day with little wind. By shooting in a controlled environment you'll give yourself the best chance at getting a great zero. Finally, if you plan on taking your crossbow hunting ensure the tips you are sighting in your crossbow with are the same weight as your hunting heads will be. Once those three things are in order you can actually begin getting your zero. Most guys will try and get a rock solid zero at 20 yards. Go ahead a shoot three arrows and see how they are grouping. Hopefully you can get your three arrows grouping, even if it is nowhere near the bullseye. If you happen to get a "flier", or an arrow that doesn't group with the rest, be sure to mark it so you can identify it. If it continually is out of the group, discard it and substitute another arrow. Once you've got your initial group established it is time to start making your adjustments. I'll use an example from here on out to describe the process. Let's say my first group was two inches high and to one inch to the right. There are two adjustments to be made; I need to come down and I need to come left. It's important to only make one change at a time though. Before I begin to adjust the knobs on my scope I need to remember the general rule when sighting in your crossbow scope; 10-1-20. Ten clicks, for one inch of change, at twenty yards. In my example, and keeping 10-1-20 in mind, if I want to get my horizontal axis right first I would want to adjust my scope ten clicks to the left. Once that is complete I would shoot another group of three arrows. The group should be straight above the bullseye. If it's not I need to make more minor adjustments. Next, I can adjust my vertical axis by moving my scope 20 clicks down. Again if everything went well I should be driving tight groups around the bullseye. Hopefully this brief guide will help you while sighting in your crossbow, and get you on your way to getting the most out of your crossbow. NEXT; CHOOSING CROSSBOW ARROWS; 3 THINGS TO THINK ABOUT.
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