There are Four Variations of Crossbow Scopes:
• Optical Scopes- have a cross hatch that you see when you look through the scope
• Multi-reticle Scopes- with many fine lines through the cross hatch, which give you the ability to better estimate range and compensate for winds
• Single Red-Dot Scope- Powered and contains one single red-dot sight to help for aiming.
• Multi Red-Dot Scope- Powered and contains multiple red-dot sights to help for aiming.
Although these are varying mechanisms, these sights have a similar method for adjusting and use.
1. Find the adjusting mechanisms on your scope. The windage adjustment, which rotates the scope left and right, is located on the side of the scope. The elevation adjustment, in which adjusts the scope up and down, is positioned on the top.
2. Begin at 10 yards from your target to check that the scope is properly mounted. If you miss from this close, odds are the scope isn't installed correctly. If that is the case, make a few large adjustments with the windage and elevation mechanisms until you hit the target consistantly. You will hear a clicking sound as you turn each mechanism. Each click adjusts the impact range of your projectile by 1/4 inch at a range of 10 yards.
3. Move about to 20 yards from the target. Shoot three arrows in a group. You cannot permanently adjust your scope until you can hit three arrows in a tight group.
4. Select a base range for your top reticle or dot. When the target is in this line or dot, it is "dead on. " In most scopes, each reticle or additional dot indicates 10 yards difference in impact distance. Your base distance can be anything you choose. Use the instruction manuals that came with your scope to assist you calculate how much distance will be changed in the impact distance by each "click" of the adjustment mechanisms. Usually, at 20 yards a single click adjusts the impact point by a quarter-inch. So if you're shooting two inches to the left of the target, you'll have to twist your windage adjustment eight times to compensate.
5. Continue shooting at the target and change the windage and elevation adjustments to get closer and closer to the target. When you are consistently hitting the target, your adjustments no longer need to be used. Now shoot at targets knowing what distance the reticles or dots indicate.
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