Learn how to sight in a scope with a laser bore sighter. These little tools are amazing and will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Using a laser bore sight is the right way to get your shots on paper first and then focus on tighter grouping afterwards.
Once you begin using these bore sights which can be used on your hunting rifle, AR15, or even your pistol you’ll never look back. It’s one must have tool for your gun toolbox. Who would rather waste ammunition instead? Not us!
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LaserLyte Laser Bore Sight – We will be referencing information and demonstrating this tutorial with the LaserLyte Laser Bore Sight. This laser bore sight accepts calibers between 22 and 50 caliber. It’s the fastest method for sighting in your scope, red dot sight, or iron sights on the market.
This is going to let you save time and money. You’ll only need to fire off 2-3 rounds during the sighting process to know you’re fully sighted in. This is much more efficient then shooting repeatidly and making adjustments after each shot.
Once you’ve learned how to sight in a scope with a laser bore sighter you won’t want to use any other method. You can not only use this for your rifle scope but for sighting a new pistol scope as well. Overall these are wonderful tools and they pay for themselves quickly.
How to sight in a scope with a laser bore sight: step by step
The video above uses the exact laser bore sight we’ve linked to near the top of this article. It’s a great way to follow along with the video and sight your scope. The video will break down what all comes with this particular bore sight model and provides great instructions for anyone needing a visual representation.
Step 1) Safety First
Before you begin any type of maintenance with your gun always make sure to double check that your rifle is empty. Clear the chamber and triple check your rifle and surroundings before attempting to work on your rifle. Don’t let your negligence be the reason yourself or someone else gets harmed. Safety should always be your top priority.
Step 2) Set Up The Adapter
This laser bore sighter comes with 4 different adapters to match the caliber you’re using. Find the adapter you’re going to be using and take the appropriate screw and place it into the back end of the adapter. Use the small allen wrench to screw the screw into place.
After the screw is in place take it and place it on the end of your bore sighter. The adapter will tighten down on the back end of the adapter to give you the right size fitting for the caliber your rifle uses.
When you place the adapter into your barrel it’ll have two contact points. The end with the adapter will make contact with the inside of the barrel where it’ll sit. Where the bore sight increases in size towards the front end this area will make contact with the end of your muzzle.
You can go ahead and place the bore sighter in your rifle.
Now is a good time to determine if you’re going to use the daylight target that came with your bore sight or a standard target. If you’re using the daylight target you’ll point the laser at the center of the target and the squares on the target represent one inch alignments.
At 100 yards you’ll place the laser light in the center and align your cross hair or red dot to match the bore sight. However if you have less distance you can sight in at 10 yards. If you do this set your sight to the 2″ inch line on the daylight target and this will represent the center if you were at 100 yards for a .22 caliber shot.
Make sure to read the target instructions to see what adjustments you may need depending on your caliber.
Step 3) Find a Stable Position
Using a stable mount or gun vise while sighting your rifle is very important. We recommend using a gun vise that’ll completely hold the rifle in place but you can optionally use the sand bags or secondary stable mount if needed.
Don’t try to rely on your hands or a leaning prop to get the job done. You’ll save yourself a lot of time and headache using a vise. If you don’t have one already we encourage you to save up for one or at the very least try to pick up a low cost sand bag mount.
Step 4) Aligning Your Sight
With your rifle stable and the laser bore sight in the barrel you’re ready to align your sight. In the video above the guy does this from the 25 yard range. At this distance the laser should completely fill up the center of the daylight target included with your bore sight.
Counting for bullet rise and drop this will be accurate for 100 yards as demonstrated in the video. The bore sight should get you within 3-4″ inches of the center of your target.
When looking through your scope at 25 yards make adjustments where the sight matches up exactly with the red dot from the bore sight. This is also an ideal time to line up any back up sights or secondary optics on your rifle.
Once you’re finished please remember to remove your laser bore sight from the barrel of your rifle before shooting. We know this is common sense but mistakes have happened before!
answer related questions
Will this bore sight work with hand guns? – The laser bore sight we’ve linked to at the top of this article will work with handguns with a 4″ inch barrel or more. Always make sure your gun is empty before bore sighting but in general being able to sight in a pistol on top of the your rifle is a bonus to owning a laser bore sight.
Will this work with a 22 rimfire? – Yes, this bore sight will work with a 22 rimfire rifle. There was a little controversy about this not working with a 22 rimfire for one reason or another but it does in fact work just fine.
Can you replace batteries in this bore sighter? – Yes, this laser bore sight has an easy access panel for changing out batteries. If you forget and leave your bore sight on it’ll run for an hour and a half continual use. So this could drain the battery quickly if you’re not careful and forget to turn it off.
Related Read: Learn how to shim your rifle scope.
I hope you were able to learn how to sight in a scope with a laser bore sighter. It’s the best way to get your scopes sighted in. First make sure you’re on paper and within 4″ with a laser bore sight and then you can focus on your grouping after. This is going to save you a lot of time, ammo, and money.
On the other hand you could always go back to using peep sights! Either way, we hope you enjoyed reading this tutorial and if you did please share it with a friend and leave us a comment below. Thanks for reading and you may also be interested in reading about sighting in pellet gun scopes.