How To Sight In A Rifle in Just Two Shots

How To Sight In A Rifle in Just Two Shots
A typical target at 100 yards with 55 grain FMJ’s Not the most accurate
Top Shot, Chris Cheng
Top Shot, Chris Cheng

USA –-( The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has some great How-To videos, and this is one of my favorites.

If you’ve got a rifle that needs to get zeroed, this instructional video shows you how to sight in a rifle in just two shots.

The one key thing that I’ll re-emphasize is that after taking the first shot and making your adjustments, you need to keep the rifle very still, and so sandbags or some other type of support is critical. Otherwise, if you adjust your scope a few clicks and move the rifle, then you will lose your adjustment.

If you haven’t shot that rifle of yours in a while, dust it off and head to the range this weekend. And to make sure you’re hitting where you’re aiming, be sure to sight in your rifle!

About Chris Cheng:
After winning History Channel’s Top Shot competition, Chris Cheng left a cushy job at Google to go have some fun as a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops. Chris shoots in USPSA, IDPA, and 3-gun competitions across the country, and visit Bass Pro stores for appearances and weapons demos. He is a Staff Writer at The Firearm Blog and now on his own blog, ‘Top Shot Chris’, where I share my experiences in this new career

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I have done this method, however I know it as the “1 shot zero”. It will only work if U can keep your rifle absolutely still when U move your cross hairs for both windage and elevation


I just recently got my first scope — old eyes are in need of a crutch — and I’m about to head out to the range to sight it in. I had already figured out that if I make the scope point at where the shot WENT, the next one should go where I want it.

Thanx for confirming my hunch!


Great suggestion.