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  • Stabilizing/bracing AR15 while zeroing red dot?

     brian updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 5 Posts
  • brian

    June 15, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Hey all. I have my AR15 zeroed with a laser bore at home defense ranges (so something like 25 yards? Haven’t officially measured) But I am planning on going to the range soonish and really zeroing it for real with actual bullets for about 50 yards and seeing how I like the way it still shoots back at 25 again and then I will decide on where I wanna leave the zero. Blah blah blah

    My question is do I need some kind of tool to hold the AR15 in place while I make practice shots to really fine tune the zero? Also, should I go to an indoor range so wind is not a factor? Thanks friendly gun people

  • ardesofmiche

    June 15, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    If you want to get the best zero, some sandbags to rest on would be helpful. I personally don’t bother and usually just shoot rounds prone and adjust from there

  • PNW_AJ

    June 15, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    You kind of just have to adapt to your range availability. The more stable the platform you can make better. Ideally prone with the hand guard and stock resting on something like Bags. If your range doesn’t allow prone than bench setup is fine.

    25-100yd zero won’t really be affected by windage at 100 1inch windage per 10mph value perpendicular is pretty close.

    50 yard zero is kinda odd you would have to zero at 200 from there.

    Most people 25/100

    36/100 has been popular too

  • ichab

    June 15, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Get a Caldwell Lead Sled or similar. Lock the rifle into place. Do an initial bore sight to get on paper. Shoot 3-5 rounds at desired distance. Take a measuring tape and paper. Measure distance from center of the group to desired target. Make appropriate adjustments to optic. Shot 3-5 more rounds. Continue adjustments as necessary until desired zero is confirmed.

  • Special_Function

    June 15, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Zeroing your optics on a sled can actually affect the zero of your optic. I’d recommend just resting on the bench with sandbags or zeroing in the position you plan to shoot from.

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