checking a scopes zero after travel

Melman

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I'm planning a Alaska black bear trip, there will be multiple flights involved and it got me wondering about checking my zero on my rifle once I arrive, how many of you actually shoot your rifle after getting to your hunting spot on public land hunts after 100's of miles of travel? Outfitters are likely to have a range or area you can shoot the day you arrive, but what about a DIY Alaska trip? Having your gun in a nice case and in the back of a truck doesn't concern me as much as having your gun tossed around by TSA and baggage handlers multiple times.
 

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ALWAYS check your zero after any airplane flight, no matter how far you've traveled. Can't imagine there's not going to be any rocks where your camp is going to be - they make good targets.
 

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I never fly so I don't check mine the way I handle them like eggs. If you are flying anywhere, there is no way I would go in the field without checking zero.
 

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I had a lot of failures growing up. My dad would buy great guns, but then he'd throw the cheapest scope on top. I had enough problems that I now check my zero throughout the season. You don't have to shoot to check zero. I have cartridge laser bore sighters for most of my guns. If you shoot one of the magnum calibers, a bore sighter is probably 1/2 the cost of a box of bullets - well worth it in my book. Bore sighters aren't perfect and they won't give you a sub MOA sight-in, but they will quickly tell you if you've lost zero.
 

the nikster

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Spend $5,000 to $20,000 on the hunt of a lifetime,
train for months
travel for days
sleepless nights
don't zero
miss high and to the right on your 1 opportunity in 9 days
sounds legit.
check your zero, whatever it takes.
 

Tufrthnails

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Spend $5,000 to $20,000 on the hunt of a lifetime,
train for months
travel for days
sleepless nights
don't zero
miss high and to the right on your 1 opportunity in 9 days
sounds legit.
check your zero, whatever it takes.

This......I check my zero throughout the season.
 

Melman

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I had a lot of failures growing up. My dad would buy great guns, but then he'd throw the cheapest scope on top. I had enough problems that I now check my zero throughout the season. You don't have to shoot to check zero. I have cartridge laser bore sighters for most of my guns. If you shoot one of the magnum calibers, a bore sighter is probably 1/2 the cost of a box of bullets - well worth it in my book. Bore sighters aren't perfect and they won't give you a sub MOA sight-in, but they will quickly tell you if you've lost zero.

This was kinda what I was wondering about, I saw Jim Shockey promoting the laser lite boresighter and how he uses it to check his rifle so he can hunt the next morning after arriving to a location. I wondered if people actually used these to check their zero before hunting. How accurate could that be on a 200+ yard shot. is it enough to trust? or should you just make sure you take the time to shoot?
 

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This was kinda what I was wondering about, I saw Jim Shockey promoting the laser lite boresighter and how he uses it to check his rifle so he can hunt the next morning after arriving to a location. I wondered if people actually used these to check their zero before hunting. How accurate could that be on a 200+ yard shot. is it enough to trust? or should you just make sure you take the time to shoot?
I think boresighters would be better than nothing, but given the time and opportunity I will always shoot to check zero.
 

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In Hawaii, we had a 30 min flight from Ohau to Lanai, for an Axis deer hunt. One of the party had his rifle case crushed.. Yeah, I'd check it, no matter what.
 
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