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How to use and sight in a riflescope

Sighting in a riflescope is among the most important steps when it comes to using the device accurately and receiving the kind of performance you expect.

It is fairly easy once you get the hang of it, but we understand that for those who aren’t sure how to use a riflescope by Yukon, the task might seem a tricky one in the beginning.

So, to make sure the process of sighting in a riflescope is smooth for you, today we’re discussing it step-by-step.

Keep in mind that these instructions are intended for Yukon Jaeger optical sights. While the process is generally pretty similar with all models, you should always follow the user manual for your exact device.

Also, please note that this article is not a full instructions manual on how to use a riflescope – zeroing, or sighting in, is just a part of it.

After this long introduction, we can finally get to the process of sighting in a riflescope, which is crucial for achieving the proper alignment of the sight with the rifle’s bore. Here is how it goes.

Once you’ve charged your optical sight and mounted it on your gun, it’s time to go to a range where you can sight your device at about 100 m. We strongly recommend using a bench rest for improved stability and better results.

Now, aim at your target and, if needed, adjust its sharpness on the display by rotating the eyepiece. Aim at the center of your target and fire a shot. To be sure of your point of impact, make a few more shots. It is likely that none of them hit the target perfectly. And that’s why we’re here.

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Have a look at your target and see how far off the bullets hit. Calculate, on average, how many MOAs they are off horizontally and vertically. Then, unscrew windage (horizontal, located on the side of the sight) and elevation (vertical, located on top of the sight) turrets.

Let’s adjust them. If your point of impact is lower than the target, you need to correct your shot upward, that is, rotate the elevation turret counterclockwise. If it is higher, then go downward by rotating the turret clockwise.

With windage, it is similar: if your point of impact is too much to the left, go right with a counterclockwise turn. If it is too right, go left with a clockwise rotation.

Now, remember, we needed to see how many MOAs your point of impact was off. This isn’t just fun geeky information – when you turn the turrets, you will hear a click each time. One click represents ¼ MOA. So, if your point of impact was, say, 3 MOAs left and 4 up, you will need to turn the windage turret counterclockwise for 12 clicks and the elevation turret for 16 clicks clockwise.

Now, try firing two shots again and see if it’s better. You might need to repeat the zeroing process a few times until you get that perfect point of impact.

Once you’re happy, pull out the turrets and set the zero mark of the subring to the index point. Push the turret down in the catch and screw the covers back on. The index is useful for finding the original location for any reticle adjustments in the future.

And speaking of the future – while you will sight in your scope before the first hunt, we recommend repeating the process regularly. Do it in between seasons when the temperatures change and also for different types of guns or ammunition.

We hope this helped and that you feel like you now know much more about how to use a riflescope. And remember, if you have any questions that are not answered in the manual, you can always contact our support.