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How well should i expect a scope to hold its zero
« on: June 23, 2019, 06:33:10 PM »
I have a very basic 3x9 that came with my Ruger Axis (i believe Nikon) .  It always seems to be off by a few inches if i let it sit for 2 wks to a month give or take.  How long should i expect a decent scope to stay on target with normal use.  I donít want to be sighting my rifle in everyday to feel confident but i couldnít take this rifle out hunting and feel good.   I will be replacing it but on average how long should a good hunting rifle and optic stayed on target assuming its not dropped or otherwise missused? 


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Re: How well should i expect a scope to hold its zero
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2019, 06:47:17 PM »
I have a very basic 3x9 that came with my Ruger Axis (i believe Nikon) .  It always seems to be off by a few inches if i let it sit for 2 wks to a month give or take.  How long should i expect a decent scope to stay on target with normal use.  I donít want to be sighting my rifle in everyday to feel confident but i couldnít take this rifle out hunting and feel good.   I will be replacing it but on average how long should a good hunting rifle and optic stayed on target assuming its not dropped or otherwise missused? 


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It should never lose its zero unless bumped. Something is probably loose.
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Re: How well should i expect a scope to hold its zero
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2019, 06:49:15 PM »
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Re: How well should i expect a scope to hold its zero
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2019, 07:25:32 PM »
Just the same as anything else. You get the quality you pay for. Not all scopes/optics are made to handle the firearm's recoil that they are mounted to.  Correct mounting pays huge dividends and if something is loose or not torqued properly...you'll have a POI that creeps around. My scopes/optics, all under $800, do not loose zero when bumped. Nor do they loose zero from sitting.
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Re: How well should i expect a scope to hold its zero
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2019, 08:32:23 PM »
I have a very basic 3x9 that came with my Ruger Axis (i believe Nikon) .  It always seems to be off by a few inches if i let it sit for 2 wks to a month give or take.  How long should i expect a decent scope to stay on target with normal use.  I donít want to be sighting my rifle in everyday to feel confident but i couldnít take this rifle out hunting and feel good.   I will be replacing it but on average how long should a good hunting rifle and optic stayed on target assuming its not dropped or otherwise missused? 


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It should never lose its zero unless bumped. Something is probably loose.

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Re: How well should i expect a scope to hold its zero
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2019, 08:52:46 PM »
Agree, it should hold its zero.
I have a 30 year old Redfield Buckhorn 3x9x40 on a Ruger M77 MK II, 7MM, that was last zeroed in the early 90s. Still holds it's zero. And that is by no means a high quality scope.
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Re: How well should i expect a scope to hold its zero
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2019, 10:03:20 PM »
Savage Axis or Reger American.

I am assuming a synthetic stock on either of those models?  If it happens to be a wood stock it could just be poorly bedded and getting pressure on the barrel as the wood swells or dries. Otherwise something loose or a bad scope.

 


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