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Checking your gun before the hunt

Checking your gun before the hunt

Most hunter’s take their own gun with them on a guided hunt. Some outfitters are willing to provide a gun for you, but it’s always nice to know your way around the gun you’re going to be shooting. This is even more true if you are planning on shooting at longer distances. Before you leave for your hunt, the first thing that you should always check is your scope’s zero. What will be the best zero for the hunt you’re going on? If you’re going to Texas, you could probably get away with a 100 yard zero. If you’re going to be hitting the mountain in Utah, it might would be a good idea to have your scope set an inch or two high at 100 yards. If you have a scope with either MOA, MIL, or a system comparable to Gunwerks with yardage turrets, you’re always best to keep your rifle zeroed at 100 yards.

Confidence From The Range

Once you get to the range, check the torque screws on your scope mount. It’s important to have all screws torqued down so the scope doesn’t make any unwanted movements. Most scope rings sets will provide you the best torque poundage, but generally 15lbs of torque is standard. It can be helpful to shoot off of a lead sled at the range to ensure better accuracy. If you’re more involved with shooting, possibly the prone position with a bipod works better for you. Next, take a shot down range at 100 yards. Make any necessary adjustments for where you want to have your scope set. 


If your scope is going to be set 1-2 inches high at 100 yards, for most calibers, that will take you to roughly 300-400 yards and be on zero. If you are shooting a scope with MOA, MIL or yardage adjustments, we always want to have the scope set at 100 yards. One helpful tool for those shooting MOA or MIL scopes, a ballistic app. Ballistic AE, Bullet Flight, etc. are great tools for helping you get your rifle set up for the backcountry. A great idea would be to use that app as a reference point, and shoot your rifle out to your effective range. Write down those scope adjustments for each yardage on a piece of paper and laminate it. Tape that laminated card to your stock and you’re ready to hit the woods. 


Once you feel comfortable with your rifle’s zero, take a few weeks and practice before that next trip. Most outfitters will have a place for you to shoot your rifle when you get to camp. Outfitters want to make sure that not only can you shoot your gun well, but that you're scope is still on zero. You’re going to have a lot invested in your trip. When presented with an opportunity to take a trophy of a lifetime, we want to make the shot count. Nerves will be running high so revert back to the confidence you gained on the range, and take that shot with authority. 

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