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Old 05-01-2019, 05:40 PM
superdave269 superdave269 is offline
 
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All good post on this. I have been using the 8 clicks up from mechanical zero for years as my starting point. I do belive that is the way it was designed. Sometimes a little tweeking is in order. As long as it papers and POI doesn't change as it heats up your good to go.
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:40 PM
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To get a good idea of about where the sights should be for target shooting, try to find the military NM specs on the Garand. IIRC, they specify that the 200 yard zero should be 8-10 clicks up from the bottom, achieved by CAREFULLY filing the front sight down, CAREFULLY being the important word here. This allows plenty of range to be achievable while still able to reasonably maintain a cheek weld and not have the sight come out of the race.
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:52 PM
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Thanks for all the great info. I'd prefer the zero a bit lower. My cheek feels like it is floating above my thumb in prone and seated. Maybe I'll try the filing technique that some have recommended.

I do appreciate all the input.
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Old 05-02-2019, 08:33 PM
TSimonetti TSimonetti is online now
 
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There is no "normal" zero. It will vary rifle to rifle
Yep. My latest SG requires 2 clicks of elevation at 100yds.
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Old 06-02-2019, 05:26 PM
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My newest Garand zeroed at 100 after only 4 clicks up.. ��. A prior owner must have filed the front sight.
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Old 06-02-2019, 05:43 PM
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My newest Garand zeroed at 100 after only 4 clicks up.. ��. A prior owner must have filed the front sight.
Read post #9, also stock lock up will have a affect on clicks
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Old 06-02-2019, 07:55 PM
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As many as it takes is the correct answer. It will be quite different if you zero for 6 o'clock vs center mass zero. I've seen everything from 2 to 14 clicks up. Virtually every rifle is different so there's no possible universal answer. When you zero it you'll know. Start at 8-10 clicks up. On average that will put you in the black at 100 yards. If not move back to 50.
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Old 06-02-2019, 08:28 PM
Herschel Herschel is offline
 
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I fired on rifle teams using army owned and maintained M1 NM rifles from 1958 through about 1965 when we went to M14's. Never heard of filing the front sight to make
the mechanical zero at a certain number of clicks up. The shortest range we fired
on was 200 yards and he longest was 1,000 yards. Never had a problem getting
enough elevation to zero the rifle for 1,000 yards. lapriester is exactly correct in
his comment above.
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Old 06-02-2019, 09:52 PM
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On my three rifles itís 8-10 clicks up depending on the gun.
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Old 06-04-2019, 07:23 AM
sakorick sakorick is offline
 
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I hunt deer with my Garands. I sight in at a 200 yard zero, center of mass. That puts me 2 1/4 inches high at 100 and 3 1/2 inches low at 250. I'm 73 and 250 is my range limit with my old eyes. The dead deer don't worry about "clicks".
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