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Hey guys, still getting acclimated with my new SWFA scope and was wondering how exactly to properly zero it.

The elevation and windage knobs both have screws that can be loosened but what exactly is the point of loosening them when the turrets turn freely even when the screws are tightened down? I noticed both knobs can be move up or down to certain points marked with "1, 2, 3, etc. when loosened up.

At first I thought maybe you set the knobs to "0", loosened them, zeroed the scope in, then tightened them back down; turning them to only make minor adjustments for different shooting distances.

I've never owned a scope with features quite like this before so not completely sure how to set it up.

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Chris
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Zero the scope first.   When you are satisfied with your zero loosen the screws, lift the turrets and move them to the 0 setting.  The "0" now provides a quick reference to insure the knobs have not been bumped off their 0 settings and you can now use the knobs to dial elevation up for extended ranges as well as adjust for windage.
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This new scale locking system is far better than the old 3 set screw version. I was always afraid of either stripping a knob or distorting the brass turret.
After 16 years and 5 scopes, this has not happened. The old style only slipped on me once. Easily fixed by referring to my logbook where i noted the zero was x amount of clicks from the bottom.
Funny thing, i did this entry for refinding zero in the dark. I never had to do that. But wouldnt you know it, in broad daylight i used it. Go figure.
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So what exactly are the numbers marked by a line for that are written up and down as you pull the turrets up (not the numbers that are around the actual dial.) Are these just for personal reference as to what range you initially zeroed the scope for?
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Those lines indicate how many revs you are away from the stop. When you zero, you should slip the scales as we spoke of earlier. Then make note of how many of those lines are visible. So if you are doing alot of dialing, or you are at a match and suspect someone has spun a turret out a rev (purposely so you will throw rounds and lower your score), you can at a glance notice your turrets are 0/0 with two lines visible.
Being a rev out will cost you a match and precious ammo. One 15 minute turret represents 150 inches at 1000 yards. And a 10 mil turret will represent 360 inch miss at 1000 yards..
I also counts clicks to the stop and make a note of that as well, for just in case while dialing, my turret slips. Also good for if you get lost in the dark. Just dial down to the bottom stop, count the prenoted number of clicks back up to your zero, and bam. End of panic.
Note if the zero lines up. If not, youe knob has slipped. Reset it and drive on. This is why zero stops are so desirable.
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Thanks for the help.

Since I don't do any competition shooting or shoot at many various distances, I zeroed the scope at about 75 yards, loosened the turrets, set them at zero, then tightened them both down. 
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What i did was, zero my AR at 100. Slip the scales to 0/0, and throw the caps back on. I figure there is more than enuf mil scale on the retical left to do mil holdovers at any distance i realistically will engage with this weapon system at.
I have fired my 100 yard zero at 25,50,and 75. So now i need data for 200,300,400, and 500.
This optic really does cover all bases for the AR. I am glad i held out for this one.
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