How to Sighting In a Rifle at 50 Yards: 5 Simple Steps

Are you a hunter or professional shooter? Whatever you are, you always need to see the target quickly and clearly so that you can strike the target. Right? That is why you should know how to handle the scope in the proper manner. You may need to see the object at 50 yards while you are using a rifle for hunting or other purposes. That is why sighting in a rifle at 50 yards is really to know-how. The success greatly depends on how finely and quickly you see the object you are going to strike! Really.

The process may differ to the different types of rifles and scopes. But here I’m going to show you the basic mechanism. And I’m sure this guide will help you a lot. And no matter whether you are using an expensive optic or inexpensive type, you can sight in a rifle following this guide. So, let’s start.

How to Sighting In A Rifle At 50 Yards


The processes are not so difficult, rather very simple. But you must need to confirm that you have done all correctly. At the first stage, you need to mount the scope on the rifle. Without proper mounting the scope, you cannot expect that you will see the object finely.

1. Setting Up The Scope

If the rifle is your old friend, you have done the setup process many times before. But if your rifle is new to you need to mount the scope on the rifle properly. And you must need to confirm the scope is mounted securely. Furthermore, you have to ensure the scope rings are also mounted on the scope base. You can check it by any sort of movement of the rings.

Setting Up The Scope

Now you have to focus the reticle. To do this, look away from the scope and try to focus a distant object and then look back through the scope and then look away again. Now tell me, what have you seen? If your eye could focus the object properly, then you have to understand it is mounted perfectly.

On the other hand, of the vision was blur, then you needed to adjust the scope diopter, which is usually located at the end close to the shooter. Make the adjustment until the reticle becomes clear and focused.

2. Boresighting

Boresighting is the thing that you should want to perform before using the rifle for shooting or hunting after mounting the scope on the rifle. Just following a few steps, you can do it.

  1. First of all, you have to make sure there is no bullet on the rifle, and you also ensure that the barrel is unobstructed.
  2. Secondly, remove the rifle’s bolt.
  3. Thirdly, place the rifle pointing towards the downrange securely and stand behind the rifle.
  4. Then, look through the bore and try to center the target in it. To do this, you may need to move the rifle. So, move it until the target comes to the center of the bore.

The turret will adjust the reticle’s elevation while doing this, and the turret is usually located at the site. In this stage, the boresight doesn’t need to be accurate perfectly what needs to do is the rifle should use for striking an object at 50 yards away.

3. Getting on the Paper

After bore sighting, you are ready for shooting or hunting. Now you can go, but I just want to tell you something about getting the best result. You should use the same ammunition type that you are going to use at the event. Definitely, you will get the same result, and you can strike at the same point every time of using the same type of ammunition instead of using the ammunition of different types and different types. So, keep it in mind always.

You should also know a stable position and adequate support is really an important matter. Don’t supports the rife with your hand muscle rather support the rifle with stable things such as shooting bag. Now start shooting and shoot three times at the center of the target at 50 yards. You can see the bullets hole on the paper through the scope; if the bullet doesn’t enter through the center of the target, don’t change the position. Now, measure the distance between the center of the target to the striking hole. And then adjust your scope.

4. Adjusting MOA (Minute of Angle)

The most rifle scope has ¼ MOA adjustment, and that is why here I describe this adjustment. ¼’’ MOA adjustment means it moves the impact point of ¼’’ at 100 yards per one click. That means you need to apply four clicks to move the striking point one inch. But at 50 yards, you get the half. For example, at 50 yards, you get 1/8’’ per click. So, on that distance, you need to dial eight clicks to move the striking point one inch. This is a simple way of measurement.

Remember, the top turret moves the impact point to the downward if it is clicked clockwise and vice-versa. On the other hand, the side turret clockwise click moves the targeting point to the left and vice-versa.

5. Shoot At A Target

For the perfect measurement, you can use 1’’ grid paper. It helps you to determine how much adjustment is exactly needed. For example, if you need to move the impact point 1 inch to the upward and right up at 50 yards, you need to click the top turret 8 times counterclockwise and side turret for the same number of click counterclockwise. So, adjust the turret and strike the target successively every time.


If you follow this content from top to bottom, you will don’t have to face any trouble Sighting in a Rifle at 50 Yards. Here, I describe all the things very simply so that everyone can understand very easily. But always keep in mind, don’t move the rifle’s position if it misses the target for the first time. Keeping that position, adjust the turrets. And for the accurate measurement, always use 1’’ grid paper. If adjusting seems difficult for the first time, don’t be tense, it will become easier over time.

Louis Harry

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