FNH USA Zeroed Preview – How To – Scope Mounting Rob Pettorsen Join the Conversation Photography by Iain Harrison Make Your Gear Work for You, Not the Other Way Around All too often, we get questions about the best way to set up a scope on a rifle. The cliché saying is, “My gunsmith set it up for me.” More often than not, this really means that the gunsmith set it up for himself — his eyes, his face, his body — which are probably not much like those of the end user. This results in the guy who’s actually footing the bill ending up struggling to conform to someone else’s settings. Your equipment should be set up so it works for you. You should never be “working for your tools.” Your rifle and scope should be thought of as a tailored suit, with every adjustment resulting in more comfort and better fitment for the user. Below we present a simple process to achieve this without buying a lot of new gear. It can be used with brand-new equipment or to check a previously configured rifle. This technique is geared to the more prevalent tactical scopes — setups in which the bottom of the scope turrets are flat and the tactical rifles have a one-piece base or Picatinny rail. Most of this process, though, is universal. The Process Most often the scope setup procedure takes place in the prone position, in order to isolate the user and system from the environment as much as possible. In order to achieve a proper scope/rifle interface, we must first be comfortable in this position. Before beginning, if your rifle is new, loosely fit your scope and rings on the rifle. Snug them up by hand so everything can be adjusted, but there’s no danger of steel and glass falling off your gun — because that’s both embarrassing and frustrating. Dial the scope back to its lowest power setting. Set the target focus adjustment (if appropriate) to 100 yards or meters. We Found Bulk Ammo In Stock: Ammo from $14.60 creedmoorsports.comAmmo Sale from $6.99 brownells.com Disclosure: These links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group earns a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! Step 1: Settle into a prone position with the mentality that you might have to stay there for the whole day. This will help you become relaxed on the ground and give you a benchmark to strive for when the procedure is complete. The more comfortable your interface with the rifle, the better your focus on the all-important fundamentals. For the rest of this article, purchase: ZEROED Presented by FNH USA Explore RECOILweb:Bluegrass, Corn Mash, and Charred Oak on the Kentucky Bourbon TrailSeven Samurai Who Wore HoodiesRECOILtv Full Auto Friday: The Thompson M1A1The 47 Ronin Project - 47 motorcycles Budget AR-15s In Stock: S&W M&P15 .223 $699.99 sportsmans.com PSA PA-15 M4 $719.99 palmettoarmory.com Disclosure: These links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group earns a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Click here to get IMMEDIATE ACCESS to a digital PDF of this target pack!