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I bought my first SS this past weekend.  It's used but doesn't have a scratch on it.  Problem is it didn't have the owner's manual and I'm unsure about the side focus.  The yardage ring is free floating therefore, I'm not sure of how to use it.
 
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Congrats on a fine aquisition!
 
The screws holding the parallax knob to the shaft should be snug, but not overly tight.
 
Before using or attempting to use the parallax adjustment, use the ocular adjustment to bring the reticle into crisp focus for your eyes.  Without this 1st step the parallax adjustment is worthless.
After the reticle is in focus for you, step two, and a very important step is to absolutely disregrd those yardage marks, they mean nothing to your eyes at all.
 
Sight on a target at some distance
Turn the parallax to the infinity mark
slowly bring the target into focus using the parallax knob
when it looks sharp, ever so slightly move your head up-down/left-right.  Target and reticle should not move. If it does, make very slight adjustments to the parallax.
 
This is somewhat difficult to visualize when reading, but once looking through the scope at the target it will be crystal clear (no pun intended).
 
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After the reticle is in focus for you, step two, and a very important step is to absolutely disregrd those yardage marks, they mean nothing to your eyes at all.
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Thanks for your response.  Should the yardage ring be free moving?  Mine just spins.
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Thanks for your response.  Should the yardage ring be free moving?  Mine just spins.
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I wouldn't let it bother me, functionally.   Everyone's eyes are different; a 150yd target may be clear on a 100yd setting to you, and that same target may not come into focus to me until I crank it up to 200 or 300,etc.
Try to think of it more like focusing a telescope or something else that has no yardage markers.....just turn it till it's right for you.


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Could you explain what you mean by " it just spins"?
It's not supposed to have a detent or "click" per increment.


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Originally posted by Mike McDonald Mike McDonald wrote:

Could you explain what you mean by " it just spins"?
It's not supposed to have a detent or "click" per increment.
 
Mike,
 
I noticed he's been offline for a while.  But, I think he means that it turns independently from the rest of the knob; as if it came "unglued" and can be moved without actually turning the knob.....we'll see fo' sho' when he gets back on here.
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Originally posted by huff143 huff143 wrote:

Originally posted by Mike McDonald Mike McDonald wrote:

Could you explain what you mean by " it just spins"?
It's not supposed to have a detent or "click" per increment.
 
Mike,
 
I noticed he's been offline for a while.  But, I think he means that it turns independently from the rest of the knob; as if it came "unglued" and can be moved without actually turning the knob.....we'll see fo' sho' when he gets back on here.
 
Yes, it spins independently.  It's not attached in any way.
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Ok, if I have his right, the parallax knob moves from stop to stop, but the yardage scale on the knob rotates freely and independant of the knob, which is working properly.
 
If this is the case;
The knob is not engraved, but has a scale slipped over in and glued to it.
Turn the knob to the full stop on either end, and place a mark on the knob cap, magic marker works fine and rubs off later.  The mark should index to the index mark on the scope body.
Undo the screws holding the knob to the shaft and gently remove the knob.
The scale should slide on and off the knob at this point.
Carefully clean the underside of the scale, alcohol works fine, good bourbon is a sinful waste, and do the same to the knob surface. 
Apply some super glue to the knob, and slide the scale over the knob.  MAKE SURE to line up either the lowest yardage OR the infinity mark with the mark you put on the knob before you removed it.
Re-assemble and enjoy.
 
On the older SS scopes you're goiong  to find the increment marks on the tubes are also slide over type units, and occasionally may need this same repair.
 
 
 
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Thank you very much for your imput.
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