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Is Your Carbine’s Zero Wrong?

Talyn

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Ditto. I use the 100 yd zero for MRDs and BUIS for my area. Same with a low-power variable scope but with them I check the BDC impact point out to 200-300.

Beyond that I switch to a longer-range platform.
 

Bassbob

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I actually did quite a bit of research and asked a good number of my AR owning buddies before I took mine to the range for the first time. I did get other answers but most of them said 50 yards. A few said 36 and a couple said 100.

Ultimately I just may be using the wrong zero. I have a 1x magnified red dot and frankly I don't see me taking any 200 yard shots with it so the 50/200 thing might be a wash. At any rate I have shot it at distances ranging from 25 yards to 100 yards and the POI did not change significantly enough for me to be worried about it. If I was going for real precision there would be a scope on it. And it would be a .308.
 
I'm using a 50 yd zero for my AR & a 62 gr FMJ round. I recognize the bullet drop data in the article based on my own experiences.

Now I just have to find that perfect zero for my .45 ACP PCC with a 8" barrel, 1:16 twist, firing 230gr FMJ. Since I only plan on using that firearm at short distances (10, 20, 50 yards) I may just set up three targets at those distances, zero at 10, then fire at 20 & 50 to measure drop, then zero at 20 and try 10 & 50 yds to measure rise & drop, then lastly zero at 50 and check rise at 10 & 20. Then...pick one! :D
 

Bowhunter

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I have and edge love all my springfeids and45 xds on my edge i use it for home defense what do you recommend on range i should set it.would probably be close range if i had to defend my self been dry firing at 25 feet what do you all think.62 grain green tips
 

Talyn

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The title is the OP article should be "What is your carbines zero?".

The article doesn't really state that any of the zeros discussed are wrong.
 
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I can go along with the title, because it is a bit of an introspective question. If you're running a 25 yard zero because that's simply what someone told you, is it really the right one for you? That kind of thing.

@Bowhunter, I would zero your rifle to 50 yards, that way you can be within the vital zone of anything from 0-250 yards. If you don't have 50 yards available there's a way to zero at 10 yards to be equivalent to a 50 yard zero.

https://jerkingthetrigger.com/2014/11/12/frank-proctors-50-yard-zero-at-10-yards/
 

Bowhunter

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Saint edge pistol what do you recommend a to zero in at for homedefense love my saint.
I can go along with the title, because it is a bit of an introspective question. If you're running a 25 yard zero because that's simply what someone told you, is it really the right one for you? That kind of thing.

@Bowhunter, I would zero your rifle to 50 yards, that way you can be within the vital zone of anything from 0-250 yards. If you don't have 50 yards available there's a way to zero at 10 yards to be equivalent to a 50 yard zero.

https://jerkingthetrigger.com/2014/11/12/frank-proctors-50-yard-zero-at-10-yards/
 

Mr. Untactical

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Founding Member
Hello all, here is today's article posted on TheArmoryLife.com. It is titled Is Your Carbine’s Zero Wrong? and can be found at https://www.thearmorylife.com/is-your-carbines-zero-wrong/.

What a timely article - my AR-556 w/Primary Arms red dot was zeroed at 25 yards. We went to the range yesterday and I was WAY high at 100 yards (and high at 50 as well). The gentleman we were with who has much more long gun experience than us recommended re-zeroing to 50 yards. Did that - worked a charm! Still need a lot of practice - especially since I'm math-challenged. But based on initial results, the 50-yard zero is going to be much better for us... at least for now (y)
 
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