This saturday was very embarrasing to me. My .20 rifle together with the Leapers 8-32X56 mounted on it costed me much more than R10000.00. I've shot with it 3 weeks ago, untill this Saturday. It was on a smallholding that belongs to a friend of mine. Well to make the story short. There was a rock pigeon sitting 35 meters from us. He told me the first shot is mine as he has invited me. Well, the shot was miss, far enough miss that the pigeon did not even flew away. He took a shot, with a Gamo Hunter 440 with iron sights, and shooting with Marksman pellets, it dropped like rock.
Well what could I do? We then put up a target for me to re-zero my gun. I sight it in on the first dot just below the centre crosshair at ten metres, that way it is spot-on at 20 metres. Well all five shots went into one hole as ussual but 10 millimetres too high and 9 millimetres to the right. Just think by how far I've missed that pigeon!
Why does that happen? I know my shooting is not at fault. My gun was spot on before I've put it in my safe. I dont think it is my gun as it still shoots groups like usuall. I did some research on the net and the conclusion was given to me in one nutshell by a instructer of American Army Snipers. He said that people buy R30000.00 rifles and then put a R2000.00 scope on it. I am not going to say this scope is crap. All my previous scopes, Tasco, Nikko Stirling, Whalter, and BSA that I've previously owned, I'm shooting from 1981 so I've owned a lot of scopes, did this to some extend. You must constantly re-zero the scopes, HWY?
What Kind of scope will not do this. What might I be doing wrong? That instructer said the cheapest scope that he will put on a rifle is a Leupold. Is this the way to go, or can anybody give me any advice? I dont need such a big scope but only bought it because of all the good reviews I've read about it. Now I dont know anymore.