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How to Zero Any Firearm (rifles, mostly, but pistols too)
« on: July 21, 2016, 04:11:21 PM »
Since I'm getting too damn' old to do stuff any more, I guess that it's time to start teaching other people all of the techniques I've discovered, back when I used to be able to do stuff.

Here's my first stab at it, thanks to the very patient guidance, assistance, and editing of our own Taurian.

Take a look at: http://guntoters.com/blog/2016/07/21/how-to-zero-your-sights-when-you-cant-hit-the-broadside-of-a-barn/

Tell me what you think. Is it helpful?
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Re: How to Zero Any Firearm (rifles, mostly, but pistols too)
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2016, 01:08:52 PM »
Excellent article, Steve.

I especially like the last part and "Keeping Book" on each of my firearms is something that I have never started.  Even for handguns, I can't remember how each one is sighted and I usually "test the water" with a few rounds until I get it figured out.

I play the "Lets click some elevation" game every time that I shoot my Marlin .30-30 with different bullet weights.  It would be nice to have a reference to look at if, say, I was zeroed at 100 yards with a 130-grain bullet and switched to a 180-grain bullet and needed to know quickly how much elevation I need to adjust one way or the other.

If Kentucky invented "Kentucky Windage," why did they not invent "Kentucky Elevation?" Or, was elevation just a "hold-over" from earlier times?
The fact that the GOVERNMENT would even consider removing the natural right to bear arms is the very reason why the 2nd Amendment was written.

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Re: How to Zero Any Firearm (rifles, mostly, but pistols too)
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2016, 01:16:08 PM »
...If Kentucky invented "Kentucky Windage," why did they not invent "Kentucky Elevation?"

They did!
It's one of the first things that I learned from shooting muzzleloading rifles, and it's sometimes called "taking a bead."
If the front sight in snuggled way down into the notch of the rear sight, it's a "fine bead." If the front sight is lifted high in the rear sight, it's a "coarse bead."

It's a useful technique, for instance when shooting a pistol at 75 yards and more, but it's pretty damn' approximate.
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Re: How to Zero Any Firearm (rifles, mostly, but pistols too)
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2016, 01:24:49 PM »
...If Kentucky invented "Kentucky Windage," why did they not invent "Kentucky Elevation?"

They did!
It's one of the first things that I learned from shooting muzzleloading rifles, and it's sometimes called "taking a bead."
If the front sight in snuggled way down into the notch of the rear sight, it's a "fine bead." If the front sight is lifted high in the rear sight, it's a "coarse bead."

It's a useful technique, for instance when shooting a pistol at 75 yards and more, but it's pretty damn' approximate.
Well, that explains that phrase. I'm assuming that it would apply to shotguns as well?

If I use the bead on a musket or shotgun, will it make me "beady-eyed?" And, are "Indian Beads" related to the bow and arrow in any way?
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Re: How to Zero Any Firearm (rifles, mostly, but pistols too)
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2016, 01:37:09 PM »
...And if it's really, really old, it'd be the Venerable Bede.

(It's a college-English-major's joke.)
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Re: How to Zero Any Firearm (rifles, mostly, but pistols too)
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2016, 01:52:24 PM »
...And if it's really, really old, it'd be the Venerable Bede.

(It's a college-English-major's joke.)
Was the Venerable Bede serious or was he just Monkeying around with English?  And, could he work the ivories as good as Thelonious Monk?

I am going to quit while you're ahead  ;D
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Re: How to Zero Any Firearm (rifles, mostly, but pistols too)
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2016, 03:17:17 PM »
Truth: Thelonious Monk's wife used to call him "Melodious Thunk."
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Re: How to Zero Any Firearm (rifles, mostly, but pistols too)
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2016, 05:05:30 PM »
 ;D ;D
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Re: How to Zero Any Firearm (rifles, mostly, but pistols too)
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2016, 11:42:37 AM »
I have but one thing to say . . . .

"We will have a good government as long as those that govern are effected by those laws that they pass. When those that are passing the laws are no longer effected by those laws then they will no longer pass good laws."

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Re: How to Zero Any Firearm (rifles, mostly, but pistols too)
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2016, 11:55:50 AM »
Ahhh, that's our Mouse:
Always right on-subject and to the point.

(And it's just about exactly how I'm feeling, today.)
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