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NSSF: How to Zero Your Rifle in Two Shots

OPening page of the Two Shot Sight In video

“Only accurate rifles are interesting.” ~Townsend ‘Townie’ Wheelen Have truer words ever been spoken? Perhaps. I would not say every rifle has to be accurate to be interesting, after all, I am sure that several of you, like me, are fans of the AK-47 rifle. For all of the AK-47’s wonderful qualities, accuracy hardly makes the list. When shooting at game, a match or your local gun club, or even just shooting with a buddy, accuracy counts. Shooting just to make empty brass can be fun from an AK or full auto anything, but in almost every other case we shoot for accuracy. This is true when plinking at tin cans, shooting dots on a paper target, or ringing steel silhouettes on a sniper course. So, whether you are getting ready for the big hunt, an upcoming match at the local rifle range, or just a day at the range, the quicker you can get your rifle zeroed, the more ammunition you’ll have left for the fun stuff.

Here is a video produced by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) detailing how you can zero your rifle in only two shots.

The technique demonstrated is dependent on two perfect shots and a rifle capable of a fair degree of accuracy, but the technique is solid.

Do you have a tip for sighting in a rifle? What is your most accurate load and rifle? Share your answers in the comment section.

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Comments (7)

  1. I have been telling people to do this when they attach a laser to their firearm.
    I tell them to fire a shot anywhere on the target.
    keep the firearm exactly where you originally aimed.
    Now move the laser dot to the bullet hole.
    That is where your next hit will be.
    Just like any sight. the bullet will hit exactly there at that exact distance.

  2. Wastrels! Profligates! If done properly, if you known your scope and your cartridge performance data, one shot is all you need.

    One shot is taken at 25 yards. The cross-hairs are moved to the resulting hole, or wherever you want the point of impact to be at that range relative to that hole. Your ballistic program based on your bullet weight and shape and your chronographed velocity will give you everything you need to know. out to whatever. One shot, and its Miller, time, if you do it right..

  3. This really only works when your scope is already fairly close to zero.
    This process won’t work for a newly mounted scope. Need to get on paper first, then dial it in a little at a time until your close, then this 2-shot process will work.
    Boresighting at 25-50yds will help as well.

  4. This actually works with adjustable iron sights as well. I sighted in my 1911 this way from a bench rest, although I used 3 shots instead of two. I took the average of the first two shots which were about an inch low and an inch apart, one click over and two clicks up, and the third shot was dead center.

  5. tHIS REALLY WORKS start at 25 yards and as you go to 100 you can fine tune the scope to hit dead on @ 100 after that i use the mil-dots or hold over at long range then dope the scope as needed. Sure saves time.

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