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This seems to be a somewhat religious event among deer hunters. I'll shoot a rifle every now and again, but not necessarily just before deer season.

I don't know about your experiences, but mine always shoot exactly where they shot last year. Is this a problem I've just been lucky enough to somehow avoid?

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Back in the day I use to I guess you could say sight my deer rifle in about a week before the season but I think it was just more of a get together of a few deer hunting buddies that enjoy deer hunting but also enjoy shooting so it was kind of a combo deal for us. Most everyones rifles were all dead on from year before but was still fun to get together.

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I am struggling to find a time and a spot to sight in my "new to me" rifle/scope combo. Been years since I hunted at all. Where I am invited to hunt, they frown on any shooting this late. Anyone know if any of the indoor ranges in NE TN have setups for rifle? All the pics I have seen are pistol type tables. I may just have to try one of the National Forest ranges, but I hear they can be very hit or miss and the closest is about 40 minutes away. My schedule is as much an issue as anything else. Only thing I miss about my old gig. I had a place to shoot there whenever I wanted.

My Dad used to sight in his with one shot each year, but it was never was a get together. Maybe because shooting that .444 was not fun after a few shots. Or because the cost per shot was enough to make you wince. He also hunted alone most of the time though and still does.

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A friend of mine said he went and shot a new rifle he bought at Buds but it's not a rifle range but he got to shoot his new rifle anyway.

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I used to confirm zero almost religiously, never had to change anything.  Now, I don't do it unless it's had a new sight or scope installed or if hunting at different elevations than normal.

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44 minutes ago, bersaguy said:

A friend of mine said he went and shot a new rifle he bought at Buds but it's not a rifle range but he got to shoot his new rifle anyway.

I don't trust sighting in off-hand. I need somewhere to set it up on bags or a sled. 

May not matter. I am probably kidding myself that I will get to go anyway. Life likes to do things to prove I really am not in control. That has been the case all day today. My wants rarely work out. 

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I've seen some guys at ORSA make one or two shots to confirm zero and leave, seen some be there a long time.  

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52 minutes ago, jpx2rk said:

I've seen some guys at ORSA make one or two shots to confirm zero and leave, seen some be there a long time.  

I think about 3/4 of the members show up once a year for the deer rifle sight in but are never seen again until the next year. 

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1 minute ago, gjohnsoniv said:

I think about 3/4 of the members show up once a year for the deer rifle sight in but are never seen again until the next year. 

That's the sort of members the ownership loves.

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19 hours ago, Ronald_55 said:

I don't trust sighting in off-hand. I need somewhere to set it up on bags or a sled. 

May not matter. I am probably kidding myself that I will get to go anyway. Life likes to do things to prove I really am not in control. That has been the case all day today. My wants rarely work out. 

Sight it in however you expect to shoot. If you're shooting from a blind or stand where you can use bags or a rest, then sight in that way. 

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I'd suggest sighting in from a solid rest at known distances, then practice from possible field positions, including off hand, at a variety of distances and angles.

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I confirm every year. Years ago I was using an aught six with a dang tasco scope on it. Killed some deer with it one year, then put it up in a hard sided case in the closet. Never got bumped or anything, stayed safely tucked away. Next year I took it straight to the woods without confirming zero. Couldn't hit the broad side of a barn from the inside. I remember getting so mad I removed the scope and destroyed it. I've confirmed zero every year since. 

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1 hour ago, Quavodus said:

I've owned a Trashco or two myself. I can't really recommend them to anybody. I've had good luck with Nikons over the years.

Leupold here.

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Yep. I put a Nikon 2-7x32 on my Marlin Texan just recently. I do prefer open sights on a lever gun, but I also prefer to see. 

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