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Scope adjusting question!

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I found out my slugs are shooting about 4" low at 50 yards on my 870 smooth bore barrel.
I have a Simmons 4X shotgun scope and the person who adjusted the scope last year is not around to adjust it for me. The windage was perfect with all shots, but it shot 4" low.
How do you adjust he scope to make it aim correctly? :withstupid:
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You need to take the caps off of the scope and there will be a slot where you can insert a screwdriver (or a penny) to turn the adjustment screws. The cap on the top will adjust windage and the one on the side will adjust elevation. There should be something there that says "1 click=1/4 inch at 100 yards" and a + and - on there too (if you turn the screw towards the + you will increase elevation and towards the - will decrease.) At 50 yards each click will be HALF of what the interval is at 100 yards. So 1/4 inch at 100 yards = 1/8 inch at 50 yards.

Anyhow, you NEED to go out and sight it in. Shoot a 3 shot grouping first to see where you are. If you are 4 inches low at 50 yards try to turn the elevation adjustment up about 20 clicks or so (depending on the adjustment interval on your scope) and shoot another 3 shot grouping to see where it is, and keep adjusting from there. If it is still off then adjust accordingly. The KEY is to shoot a THREE shot grouping (not one) after making your adjustment to see where you are at. One shot will not do because you need to find the average of where it is set (and you will flinch). I know this is painful but if you want to shoot straight this is a must. There is no excuse for having your gun out of adjustment.

Another thing to consider:
What ammo are you shooting? Are you shooting with your bird barrel? I ran a Remington 11-87 with a Remington fully rifled slug barrel and a 2.5x scope and could shoot 1 inch groupings at 50 yards with Federal sabot slugs. It is worth the extra $$$ to invest in a good barrel or even a rifled choke tube if your 870 has the REM-Choke.

Where do you want the gun to shoot? Dead on at 50 yards.....75 yards? You can adjust for range like this if you know the ballistics of the load you are shooting. I.E. You can sight in at 80 yards and know that at 50 yards you will be 3 inches high. This may apply to rifles more that shotguns. I have my 22-250 sighted in for 200 yards for varmints. I know that at 100 yards I will be 2 inches (hypothetical) high and at 300 yards I will be 2 inches (hypothetical again) low. So I adjust my point of aim from there (really hypothetical now). I reload so I know what the ballistics of each load is so I can extrapolate the drop at 300 yards and confirm it when I sight it in. Is that too much? Let me know how it goes. Good luck.
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That has a drop of 8" at 100 yards.
Most of my shooting deer is at 50 yards or less.
Last year I could have dropped a bowling ball on a bucks head that was directly under my tree stand! Where I hunt, you can't shoot past 50 yards in any direction, do to hunting in pretty thick woods with alot of brush. Typical northwoods, but I am hunting in farm country that has so many deer that we can shoot up to five deer if we wanted to!
Thanx for the advise everybody! I can shoot tonight at an approved range to get my scope set right.
Good Luck everybody!! :beer:
What Robert explained is exactly right about the technical part of adjusting the scope. :D

A shot gun with slugs is more of a close in weapon. Sight it in at 50 yards. Then shoot at 75 and 100 just to see how much drop it has. Different ammo has a different flight path in different guns. Check this out. A sabot magnum will be best but will kick like a mule!

Most manufacturers have info available on the net. If possible search for information on the brand of slugs you have. Find any balistic data you can. This can save shooting at many different distances. Just set your zero at fifty or 75 yards and know the balistic data for a longer shot and know when its to far.

If you have sand bags that you can use to sight in this can help. As Robert said the correct way is 3 shot groups then adjust. I learned this as a kid from my father and Uncle :sniper: Sand bags will help eliminate shooter problems and get the gun sighted well. Good luck! :2cents:
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