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I understand that when the reticle is centered and all lenses are centered that you will be getting the best image possible from your optics. My question is this. Do brand new scopes come pre-centered from the factory before they are packaged or is it necessary to do it yourself? Also, if you dial down the adjustments in order to count out the clicks how hard do you dial it down? Could I damage my scope by dialing down too hard or far or is it not possible to dial down too hard or too far? I read it is possible to center your lenses and reticle by placing a mirror at one end of the scope and then by looking through it and adjusting until the crosshairs on the mirror were one with the crosshairs in the eyepiece. Is that true? THANKS
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: August/08/2005 at 17:52
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No ones answering so I will put my 2 cents in...


Some scopes such as the S&B Precision Hunter (3-12 42mm) have a small meter in the turret (Under the cap) to show how center the reticle is in the scope. In sighting my scope it is one click. (Approx. 5% to the left of center... if I read it right) All S&B come centered from what I have seen and been told.


From my experience it is easier to have the reticle centered before trying to zero a new scope and rifle.For example: it might have taken me no more than 6-9 shots with my S&B / Steyr to get zero.


As for performace issues ... I am not sure. I guess if we were talking Chinese Scopes and the reticle was really wacked out... O.K.



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