How to Adjust Windage & Elevation on Zeiss Scopes

How to Adjust Windage & Elevation on Zeiss ScopesThe rifle scope can be the most important part of a rifle. The scope allows you to see the target and place an accurate and effective shot. If the scope has not been correctly adjusted for windage and elevation, you will never hit the target. Zeiss rifle scopes are known for their high-quality and accurate rifle scopes. Windage and elevation adjustments are similar for any brand, including the Zeiss Conquest line of scopes.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Sandbags or rifle rest
  • 100-yard target
  • Ammunition
  • Earplugs
  • Safety glasses
Step 1
Set up a target at the 100-yard berm of your local range. Position the rifle on sandbags or a rifle rest to minimize movement. Adjust rifle so that the scope is aimed dead center on the target.
Step 2
Load a cartridge into the chamber and while aiming carefully, shoot the target. Open the chamber and inspect the target downrange to find where the bullet impacted the target's bull's-eye.
Step 3
Remove the scope adjustment caps. Unscrew both the windage and elevation caps to expose the adjustment dials. Place the caps in a secure area to avoid damage or loss.
Step 4
Turn the windage dial clockwise if the bullet was to the left of the bull's-eye. Turn the windage dial counter-clockwise if the bullet was to the right of the bull's-eye. One click of the dial is 1/4-inch at 100-yards.
Step 5
Turn the elevation dial clockwise if the bullet was below the bull's-eye. Turn the elevation dial counter-clockwise if the bullet was above the bull's-eye. One click of the dial is ¼ inch at 100 yards.
Step 6
Load the chamber with a loaded cartridge and shoot the target again. Inspect the target and make another windage or elevation adjustment if the bullet is still not dead center in the bull's-eye. Screw the windage and dial caps back on when the scope is sighted-in.

Tips & Warnings

Sight-in your rifle at a rifle range.
Use a spotting scope if available to inspect the target after shooting.
Firearm safety cannot be overlooked. Read and obey the safety instructions for your rifle.
Wear earplugs and safety glasses when shooting.

Article Written By Daniel Ray

Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.

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