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I did a quick search but didn't seem to find any info on this, so I thought I'd share something I tried today (with those of you who probably know all about this already Smile ).

It's that time of year again when I have to patrol my woods trying to find any of those 4-footed destructive invasive species, known as Felis catus. It was time to check out "Tweety-Pie", what I named that ol' rifle and see how well the scope alignment was on it since last year. During the winter I had also bought an inexpensive laser-sight from a place on ebay to help with eradication of this species at night, when they're most active.

I set up a target about 50 yds. away, about all that's needed for my purposes, and fired off a couple shots. It was off about 1.7 inches high and 1.2 inches right.

To correct this I first aligned the laser to center on an "average" of the bullet holes while the optical scope was held centered on the bulls-eye. Just having it propped up on a folded-up coat on a picnic table was good enough. It was easy to see the difference between where I had aimed and where they ended up when the laser was offset the right amount. After the laser was aligned to measure off the difference, then I moved the cross-hairs in the scope to align with where the laser was set to. Took about 3 minutes to touch it up this way. (Like stepping there with two feet instead of trying to hop to your destination with one.) It took more time to walk to where to set up the target than it did to align the scope.

This method has probably dawned on everyone that's added a laser to their rifle, but just in case you haven't, it sure is EASY! It's almost worth putting one on a rifle just for an alignment assist. Then too, if either one goes out of whack a little, you'll know something's up and should re-check it.

I also found out that the clicks on the windage adjust weren't the same distance the cross-hairs moved for drop. I guess it's good to never assume that a scope maker is actually that precise about anything. I had until now.

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