Using your riflescope and reticle to rangefind

Using your riflescope and reticle to rangefind

An important part of shooting is knowing what distance you are aiming at. Bullets will always drop the further they travel, so knowing how far the bullet is travelling will help understand how much the bullet will drop.

Knowing how far the bullet will travel, and subsequently drop, will help us to understand what part of the reticle to aim with to get on target. Methods of Rangefinding:

Pacing out known objects

A very crude, yet effective way of measuring distances is to pace them out in a straight line from your benchrest or hide.  A simple drawing to remind you distances to a certain rock or tree can give you great references to use when aiming at nearby targets.

Reading distance markers on a rifle range

By far the simplest method of finding a distance is by using pre-measured distance markers at shooting ranges.  These should be extremely accurate and often are placed alongside the target for easy reference.

Using the scope’s Side Focus (SF) and Adjustable Objective (AO)

This can be done by setting the scope to the highest magnification setting and adjusting the side focus or AO until the target image is as sharp as possible.  Then by reading the setting on the focus you can see what distance you have been aiming at.  Please note, this is only an approximation, but can be very accurate.  We recommend using the riflescope at a range with known distances to check the preset markings on the side wheel or AO are correct for your eyesight.

Using a Laser Range Finder

A digital Laser Range Finder is an extremely accurate method of measuring distance.  Please note, the use of laser rangefinders is not permitted in all countries.  Please check your local hunting laws before using a laser rangefinder.

Using the Reticle to Range Find

Many Hawke reticles can be used to bracket the target allowing for the range to be calculated. Find out more about the unique range of reticles available at Reticle Information.