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NH’s WildSide – Rifle Sighting


I am Mark Beauchesne and I’m Christina
Luppi and you’re watching New Hampshire’s wildside. Great outdoor
adventures are closer than you think. Here in New Hampshire they’re in our own
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never know what you’ll experience join us as we discover New Hampshire’s wild
side I’m Tom Flynn the facility manager at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center. We’re going to be going over the basics of sighting in your rifle so there’s a few things you need when
you’re gonna be sighting in your rifle number one obviously is a target as you
can see we have a target that we’ll be firing at. Number two whether you’re shooting at a public shooting range or your backyard or a gravel pit make sure that you have a
safe backstop. So we have our target we have a safe backstop and we’re ready to go. we’re gonna be sighting in two rifles today. one rifle has open sights or iron sights as you can see we have a rear sight that’s adjustable and a
front sight the other one we’re gonna shoot little later on is a scope or telescopic sight. On the
ones with the open sights if it’s a first-time shot you just bought the
rifle or haven’t shot it since several years sometimes you don’t hit the paper
and then it’s a mystery as to whether the shot is high low left or right. One
thing you can do is immediately just move closer to the target the first shot
shoot it close enough so that if it is off a little right or left it’s gonna
still hit the paper and you can make your adjustments there something I’ve
learned over the years is you can actually bore sight this gun it’s an
inexpensive way without a bore sighter or bringing it someplace the bore sight
your gun and it only works with a firearm that you can see down the barrel
so this is a bolt-action if you remove the bolt now I have access to see down
the barrel and if I’ve got a nice solid rest I can look down the barrel and I
can position the gun so that looking down the barrel the bullseye is centered
in the barrel of the gun once I have that I can now while the gun is holding
steady I can actually make adjustments to my rear sight to pull my sights in so
that they are also lined up with the bullseye so now I’ve lined up the barrel
of the gun centered on the bullseye I’ve adjusted my sights to get it close to
somewhat the middle of the bullseye and now that I’ve done that I should be
pretty close and should definitely hit the paper at some point. We’ve covered
everything downrange at the target end now when it’s time to actually fire the
gun a couple more things we want to talk about safety or shooting glasses very
important to protect your eyes fragments from the
from the shell itself can come out in the explosion which is right near your
eyes is something important to cover your eyes and some sort of hearing
protection you can have the muff type or the foam earplugs that you can put in
your ears today we’ll be using the muffs and safety glasses we’re gonna begin with three shots you
typically want to have a grouping of your shots so shooting just one shot it
really should shoot more than one because we want to get an idea if we
pulled one or we just had a bad shot we want to get an average of where those
three shots are so then we can make our adjustments all our sights alright let’s go down and see how we did. our three shots roughly we have a group here down on the lower left we want to
be hitting the bull’s eye we obviously have to go a little to the right and a
lot up and we’ll make some adjustments and you shoot three more shots and see
how close we can get all right we’ve adjusted the sights now
we’re going to put three more rounds in ready to go alright let’s go down and see how we did
well that was pretty good we can now tell that we have a group up higher and
to the right from where we originally were and to be honest I’d say most
people would would accept that as a pretty good group and good to go so we’ve done the open sights or iron sights on the 22 rifle that we just shot
we are now moving back to a hundred yards we started at 15 we’re gonna be
shooting at .270 centerfire rifle with a scope so in order to get on the paper
something very simple that you can do similar to what we did with the open
sights of the iron sights we can actually as long as you’ve got a good
rest as we do we can take the bolt out Center the the bore of the gun on the
center of the bullseye while that steady we can then look
through the scope and we can adjust left/right up/down the crosshairs of our
scope on the center of the bullseye so now once again we’ve lined up the bore
with the target and the sights that we’re using the scope on the target and
we should be pretty close alright let’s go down and see how good
we did. alright so we are on the paper fairly decent group yet it’s high in a
little bit to the right so now what’s great about this particular target it’s
a hundred-yard rifle target and it’s set up with these little squares which are
one inch when you’re gonna adjust your scope you adjust your scope based on MOA
a minute of angle and when we go back on reference the scope has quarter inch MOA
which means for every click it’s a quarter of an inch at 100 yards so if we
need to make an adjustment based in inches every four clicks will be an inch
so based on that and these one-inch squares if you draw a circle around our
three shots we got a roughly a point of right here so if I count one two we’re
roughly two inches to the right and then one two three four inches down so which
means we get back to the scope two inches to the left is going to be eight
clicks four inch four clicks per inch and then down we have four inches times
four is sixteen clicks so we’re gonna go sixteen clicks down eight clicks left
you see how good we do. alright now that we’ve seen the group and we had to make our adjustments I’m gonna take the caps off the adjustment portion of the scope
so now the top adjustment knob is for the up and down the right-hand
adjustment knob is for the left and right we know based on our group we’ve
got to go two inches to the left which we said was four inches for clicks per
inch times two is eight clicks so I don’t a clockwise is right so I want to
go clockwise eight clicks on two three four five six seven eight okay we’re
good there top-1 we had to go down four inches that
was sixteen clicks so up is counter clockwise down is clockwise we’re going
to go down sixteen clicks one two three-sixteen clicks now we should be
closed we’re gonna take three more shots see how well those adjustments made out alright let’s get out and see how we did
hello right really really good made the adjustments we actually shot three shots
it looks like there’s only two holes but there’s three shots there there’s a
little bit bigger hole on this one so there’s two shots in the same hole and
one just to the left so really good group just based on that adjustments we
did I’d call that good discover more about New Hampshire’s wild
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we’re at the quincy bog natural area in Rumney New Hampshire there are so many
great places to explore in New Hampshire this place is a wetland with great
biodiversity let’s go see what we can find places like this are really neat the
boardwalk allows you to get up close and personal into the wetland environment many of our shrubs and trees species
produce berries these are a great food source for birds and other wildlife a good touch when your wildlife watching
is to be quiet and stay put for a few minutes
allow wildlife to be comfortable with your presence I hope you enjoyed our visit to Quincy
bog Natural Area now it’s your turn go out and explore we all have stories to share find the
Hampshire Fish and Game on Facebook and share yours that was what the plan was was to
saddle but I don’t know some some days I think I should give it up when New
Hampshire trappers need their first skinned they all know who to bring it to
Harris easily I started on skunks and I cut it through holes in my father you’ve
got a hole like that in the meat hog you gotta lose ten dollars so I didn’t cut
any more holes just faithful I knew how to use a knife anyway before it was kind
of fun I had only this I was brought up where we killed Chicken Steve and the
more like the kids today kids today wouldn’t pick a chicken you know but my
father you picked that chicken you know he made you do sex so because he’s
skinning cattle and pigs so when I started giving for a nice little while
was like to try to take pride in my work you know just before I get sick it was mostly a
30 nowaday it’s not the same as working with somebody else to work with yourself
you can sit down when you want and your own boss everything so looking that many
hours doing what the L is I work for somebody else but for yourself who would see when you tacking out a beaver it’s
about like a baseball pitcher you get your control some days and some days you
don’t have your control we could polish up these furs a little better for people
but not for the money we’re asking when skinning season winds down Harris
switches to his other passion I’ve been such a busy person and so many
things that I usually wouldn’t get to whittle and much till a month August
good summertime business for the trapper well it was times when I had more time
and it was times when I had time didn’t do it
this cabin is it make it better feather than I do but they don’t make many birds
but what my birds where my bird show up is because they look so close to the
real bird mine stays on the right channels if your
business so we’ll get ready another year and see
what happens but my brother and family oh you can’t
go what you can’t do it I only think you’re all done you know with another
trapping season here Harris struggles with his own mortality
turning into fall and winners coming be kind of hard to give it up I think
apart be foolish enough to just stay right in we hope you enjoyed this episode of New
Hampshire’s wild side we sure had a lot of fun bringing it to you join us next
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