Advice on setting up a scope for HFT

Discussion in 'Hunter (HFT) & Field Target (FT)' started by CameronWilson, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. CameronWilson

    CameronWilson Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I'm looking for advice on how to set up a scope for HFT.

    Ultimately I want:
    - 10x (the max on the scope is 12x)
    - 23yds parallax
    - 35yds zero

    I've had various bits of conflicting advice including:
    - zero the rifle at the highest magnification, and then dial back to 10x
    - parallax and zero the rifle at 10x/35yds and then reparallax at 23yds
    -parallax and zero the rifle at 10x/23yds and then re-zero the rifle at 35yds using only the elevation turret

    Which order of events would you guys recommend?

    Cheers,

    Cam.
     
  2. Charlts

    Charlts Getting dusty

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    What scope is it? Personally I'd set it how I wanted and then zero as that's how you'll use it in a comp.:)
     
  3. Brian.Samson

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    If your scope has parallax, I think I would be tempted to zero on 10x/pa 35, then change pa to 23 yards and shoot groups at all ranges to make sure everything is as expected.

    If your scope doesn't have easily adjusted parallax - I'd be tempted to parallax at 23 and zero at 35 (again on 10x mag).

    The problem is, that ultimately you want to reduce as many variables as possible and doing what you're doing you're always going to have a variable in the mixture somewhere.

    For starters, if you zero on one magnification and then change to another - there's a chance that your zero will shift (depending on your scope).

    If you zero on one parallax and then change it - again there's a chance your zero will change depending on scope. If you don't change parallax, there's a chance you'll get some parallax error.

    So.. for those reasons, the course of action to take that would eliminate as many variables as you can would be to zero at 23 yards on a 23 yard parallax at 10x mag. ( Which is the one of the reasons I recommend doing that in the HFT Novice to Ninja articles - www.anstonftc.co.uk/hft-scope-setup-guide )
     
  4. CameronWilson

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    I'm going to try an MTC Viper Connect, but hopefully any advice offered here will be broadly true of any scope?
     
  5. Brian.Samson

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    I don't have any experience of the new connect, just the old one.

    But, if you want broad advice - I'd go with what Ryan said - set your scope how you're going to shoot in a competition and then zero your crosshairs on those settings.

    With the connect there should be a reduced risk of parallax error though.
     
  6. CameronWilson

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    Thanks for the advice guys.

    Brian - that is an excellent website!

    Cam.
     
  7. Dave Ramshead

    Dave Ramshead England HFT Team squatter

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    zero on the mag you want to use, altering the px doesn't alter poi on either of mine. Set on 25yd px, 35y is still perfectly clear so you don't have to shoot through a blur anyway.
    You can fine tune the depth of field available by using the rear occular adjustment. Small movements on this adjustment which make minimal effect on reticle clarity can be used to induce optical blur as a rangefind aid if that's what you want.
    It took me a while to find out just how versatile these scopes are, I have tried a number of setups from shooting everything clear to rangefinding blur method, they are a very capable scope of doing what most people need.
     

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