What is a Zero Stop turret?

What is a Zero Stop turret?

Zero, Lock ‘n’ Stop turrets are re-settable, lockable and feature a state of the art return to zero feature. Read this article for top tips and how to use a zero, lock ‘n’ stop turret.

Simple answer – you can easily return back to your preset zero without having to count the clicks, but let’s not stop there… read on about the unique turret from Hawke to find out how it really works and then watch professional long distance shooter Chris Parkin in action with the turrets!

The zero, lock ‘n’ stop elevation turret is designed so that after initially setting the zero for your rifle at your chosen distance, you can still shot at a different distance in the future when dialling on more elevation to compensate for the drop of the bullet, but you can instantly return back to your original zero distance set-up with the unique design in the turret that stores your original zero. 

See the full range of Zero Stop Scopes from Hawke. Learn more about zeroing a riflescope here

Hawke’s zero, lock ‘n’ stop elevation turret allows you to securely remain at your chosen elevation setting with the turret clicked down to lock, or when you want to make the adjustments, simply lift it to unlock, allowing rotation through two full turns. Here is how to fix your zero with the new turret design:

1. Loosen the 3 screws and remove the outer turret cap.
2. Loosen the 3 screws on the ‘Rotate To Set Zero-Stop’ ring.
3. Rotate the Zero-Stop ring clockwise until stop and tighten the 3 screws.
4. Reinstall the outer turret cap and align the ‘0’ marker with the click marker.

How to set your zero on Hawke’s zero, lock ‘n’ stop turrett

Once you have zeroed the scope, use the supplied Allen keys to slacken the grub screws surrounding the cap, lift it from the scope and store carefully. Then using the same Allen key, slacken the three screws on the collar underneath, rotate it clockwise until it reaches its mechanical stop before re-tightening the collar. Carefully re-position the upper cap over this with the Zero marker aligned to the indicator on the scope’s body and re-tighten this position*.

The benefit of the Hawke zero, lock ‘n’ stop elevation turret in the field is that you can dial anti-clockwise and `up` to extend the range from your zero distance. For example, when taking a 215-metre shot beyond the 100 metre zero, depending on your calibre’s ballistics, this may require a turn of the turret to 0.6 mRad or 6 clicks up. If the next shot is for example at 475 metres, do the same again until the turret is at 2.9 mRad or 29 clicks (again, calibre dependant) and make that shot. You will then always be able to dial immediately back to the precise zero distance at 100 metres by returning to the turret, lifting and turning clockwise back to zero until it stops and push it back down to lock on your 100 metre zero.

If your shot is longer, for example 1115 metres and requires 13.3 mRad (133 clicks) of extra elevation, taking you beyond the 8 mRad (80 clicks) available per turret turn and into the second rotation of the turret to an extra 5.3 (53 clicks) mRad. After taking the shot and perhaps making secondary corrections you are over 13.3 mRad out from the original zero at 100 metres setting and will require you to re-zero or recall exactly the numbers of clicks you have taken.

The zero-stop turret means this can be avoided; you always turn the turret back clockwise until it physically stops at your original zero. If you are regularly dialling your elevation turret for multiple distance shooting, a turret with a zero stop is a wise investment, you will never need to count clicks again.

*instructions available within the riflescope box. 

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