Adjusting Your Pellet Gun Scope
A pellet gun is a versatile piece of hunting equipment that can be used for many different types of hunting. It is an excellent choice for a starter hunting rifle, and is an excellent addition to any collection of hunting equipment. Pellets are shot at high velocities using a closed-range system. This type of system provides the hunter with a constant, high level of velocity, unlike the open-range style. With an open range system, pellets travel much farther than they are designed to travel, so that the wind from passing objects can cause them to misalign and create boomerangs or tridents.
With an open range system, the hunter must rely on his skills to decide when a pellet gun is ready to fire, and is not dependent on the sights to do this. The sights are simply a means of aiming the pellet gun at a target. If you don't have the right skills, or are unsure of how to use the sights properly, then it is best to leave the job to the professionals. However, if you have experience using a pellet gun scope, or are willing to invest in good equipment, then you should learn how to use the scope properly.
First, find a place where you will have enough room to safely operate the scope while hunting. It should be at least two feet away from your hunting shotgun. The scope will need to be within easy reach, yet still be able to view the area you want. Keep in mind that the closer it is to you, the less likely you are to trip over it or have it jostled around.
The first thing that you will need to do is focus on eyeball placement. First, stand directly behind the target. Look toward the middle of the target, directly in front of the crosshairs. You should have about a quarter inch between the front sight and the rear sight, depending on how you adjusted the scope to your shooting position. Do not look down through the scope!
With your eyes focused on the front sight, adjust your sight to the rear sight. Then, line the pellet gun scope up with the sight picture. Your goal is to have it as level as possible, with the bottom of the scope at zero degrees. This is the middle of the pellet. The elevation will change slightly as you move the sight.
The next step involves eyeball alignment. Look through the sight without taking your eyes off of the front sight. Look toward the top of the scope, and you will see that it is tilted a little bit upward. This means that the reticule is actually pointing up, not down. If you don't see a slight tilting to the top, then you will need to adjust the height of the sight until it lines up correctly with your eye.
Finally, you must focus on the area between the front sight and the rear sight. You should be able to see a small clear circle in this area. If you can't see this clearly, then you need to move the scope until it is clearly visible in your eye. Continue doing this until you are happy with the level of visibility. This is one of the most important steps involved in adjusting your pellet gun scope.
Once you are happy with your reticule, you are ready to fire your gun. Hopefully, you will never have to make this adjustment, but it can happen. Practice handling your pellet gun scope before you ever fire it, and you should have no problem adjusting it to your eye.