How to Adjust a Leupold Scope


Leupold scopes are considered an industry standard for high-powered rifles. They can be custom-made for any type of shooting and have been used by U.S. Army snipers for many sighting and spotting applications. The comfortable feel of the Leupold scope replaces the need for tools such as small screwdrivers for sight and parallax adjustment. These scopes also give the shooter a field advantage with finger-adjustment knobs and audible clicks for windage and elevation control. Adjusting a Leupold scope is a much easier process than conventional scopes, and with a few basic instructions the adjustment can be done by anybody.

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Leupold Scope Adjustment

  • Adjust the elevation and windage control using the knobs on top and side of the scope. At a shooting range, take group shots at a target at least 200 to 300 yards away, and adjust the knobs accordingly depending on wind speed and range of elevation. Clicking the knobs right or left per the manufacturer's instructions will give you a true zero for the scope.

  • Adjust the parallax of the scope by rotating the front part of the lens clockwise or counter-clockwise. This will adjust the field focus of the scope and magnification of the target. Your target should not appear blurred.

  • Adjust the zero reset by sliding the silver rings into the dial pointer marks when you've determined your true zero. When you need to make a sighting adjustment for wind direction, the dial will stay in place. This allows you to come back to your true zero for a zero-value wind.

  • Fire five sets of five-shot groups to determine the accuracy of your zero, windage and elevation adjustments. A group spread within 2 inches of dead center indicates you've adjusted the scope sighting accurately. Repeat the adjustment process if needed after shot groups have been studied.

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