Marking you "Zero"

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Marking you "Zero"

Post by snaketail2 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:44 pm

How do you mark you "zero"?
I've been using a colored peel & stick (came from a plastic bullet box) and a line to indicate the "zero".
I'd say this is only about 50% successful - see photo. Hoppe's will soften the sticky stuff - need a better way to go back to zero.
Anybody have a better idea?

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Re: Marking you "Zero"

Post by No1_49er » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:35 pm

After I've established my zero for elevation and windage, I use a Dremel with a small ball grinder tip and engrave a small pocket on the top of the windage knob, at 12o/c position w.r.t. looking down on it from normal hold, and similarly on the windage. Then fill the pockets with a small dab of bright yellow paint. I keep a paint marker pen just for that purpose.
My note book might say, for example from your picture, up three from centre = zero. But more importantly, the knob will be at 12o/c. Even a one click misalignment will be very obvious.
That might help?

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Re: Marking you "Zero"

Post by BrentD » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:40 pm

The best solution is an MVA veneer or soule site. Not only are they easy to use, fantastically repeatable, and incredibly well made; you also will not have to grind new notches in your sight if you change loads. :-bd

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Re: Marking you "Zero"

Post by cedestech » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:28 pm

On my Williams sights I do something very similar. I use a peel and stick orange dot like people use for garage sale pricing. It is plain paper so it marks very easily. Scribe line across with a straight edge, then cover the whole side with good clear packing tape. Take a razor and trim around all the edges so it basically seals the sticker then take the razor and carefully slice down the groove. It hasn't failed me yet and it removable fairly easy when a new zero has to be made.

Side note, I find it more helpful to put all my elevations as a turns up from zero with zero being the chicken.
ie: C-0, P-.75, T-1.75, R-2.25..... Some people note the turns between animals which I think can get you in trouble.

Some people pick the fly poop out of the pepper and make all their sight settings with a veneer caliper measured from the cross bar to base on the sight, ie: C-0.235 P-0.412 T-0.570 R-0.725. While this would be the most accurate it is far too fussy for me.... =))
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Re: Marking you "Zero"

Post by CamP » Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:09 am

I use pinstripe tape from the hobby shop.
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Re: Marking you "Zero"

Post by DJA » Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:38 am

I do the sticker thing, too, but I also add a mark on the knob. My "zero" is when the lines on the sticker line up AND the mark on the knob is facing the left side of the gun. Then, I start counting 1/4 turns from there.

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Re: Marking you "Zero"

Post by dgslyr » Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:45 pm

I just use the top edge of the tape.When I get a different brand or different lot number of ammo ,once zero is established, an X-acto knife cuts a sliver off and zero is once again marked.

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