If you have got a new crossbow or if you already have a crossbow and you want to use it then you might think that sighting in the crossbow is the most difficult task.
This is the part which will be responsible for all the perfect shots that you are going to do. If you do not know how to do this then you might have a lot of difficulties while shooting.
You should first go on and practice some of your shots so you can get to know where you stand better. There are some basic sighting techniques which can be easily achieved but you should need to see which scopes you are buying as some might have different optics which could ruin your experience.
Steps on How to Sight in Your Crossbow Scope
Here are some steps which will help you sight in your crossbow scope accurately as possible.
First things first, if you really want everything to be perfect during the steps to turn out the way they are written then you need to get yourself a shooting aid. It is very advantageous as it will help you lock the crossbow in place as you pull the trigger. As for the steps, here they are:
- First you have to set up your position at exactly 20 yards away from your target.
- You can use a rope or a cranking aid to cock your crossbow
- Next seat an arrow on the arrow rest
- Make sure to align the top most red dot (or reticle in your scope) with the bullseyes.
- Compress the trigger quickly with the help of the tip of your index finger so that your palm is not moved for accuracy reasons
Now you need to go and look at your target to see where you’ve hit the arrow or you could also look and see with your binoculars. If the arrows don’t seem to hit the bullseye and are off target then you need to adjust the elevation and windage to get you close to the bullseye.
Adjusting Windage and Elevation
Next you have to adjust the elevation and the windage according to your shots.
Basically there are 2 knobs on any crossbow scope which you have bought.
- Windage Adjustment Knob: You can find this on the left side of your scope. This adjusts arrow point of impact left and right.
- Elevation Adjustment Knob: You can find this present on the top of your scope. This adjusts arrow point of impact up and down.
There is a plastic cap on both of them so you need to take it off and take a look at them. You will then see some markings on both of them. It is clearly indicated where you have to turn them and it will only move with the help of a screw driver or a coin so you need to have that also with you.
- You will now need to remember and adjust the wind and elevation of your scope according to the shots you have done need to see how far off the shots were made in inches from the center of the target. You have to see how far it was and then adjust the windage knob to make it go to the left or right. For 1 inch you need to make 20 clicks with a coin or a screw driver. If your shot was a little below one inch and a little to the left then you need to fix that with the adjustment knobs. Carefully take out the caps and then you need to adjust the elevation knob and the windage knob. Do also close the caps later on.
Shoot Some More
- Once you are done with the adjustments then you need to shoot some more rounds at the target to see if it landed on point. Stand on the same 20 yard mark and check your accuracy. If your shots are not still turning out right then make more adjustments according to them until you are satisfied. Do this until it is perfect.
Calibrating the Range Reticles
Some of the scopes come with range compensation reticles so they need to be calibrated first if you want to work with them otherwise it is of no use. You need a chronograph for this and you need to do some math too. Here are some steps:
- Bring in your user instruction Manual and set up your chronograph according to it.
- Shoot an arrow through it and then take down the velocity of it.
- You have to do this 3 to 4 more times which is shooting and noting down the velocity again and again.
- Now do the math and add the numbers together and then dividing it by the number of shots you have made. This takes out the average velocity of your shot.
- Dial in your setting of the scopes velocity while following the instruction and you are done.
You can still do the process again if any shots aren’t fired accurately. When the scope is sighted perfectly then it should hold at zero in the hunting season but sometimes you should check your scope each year to be perfectly sure.
Here is also a video which may help you
Why Use A Good Quality Crossbow Scope?
There are different scopes on the market and as you know that the better the thing is the better it works. Good quality crossbow scopes do not leave you in despair in the middle of the year where you have to adjust your scope again and again when it is broken.
If you buy a good quality one then it will sure to provide you with accuracy and it will be easier for you to work on it. You can rely on it and it would not give you off target shots. Why would anyone not want to buy a good quality crossbow scope? Everyone should buy the best quality one that comes with an affordable price.