Zero for 50 and 200 Yards From Just 10.

Like many of our readers, I am now limited to my closest ranges being indoor. Drives me nuts when I have to zero a rifle for 3-gun and the longest range I can get too quickly is a scant 15 yards. (I can drive 45 minutes to some good long-ranges, but getting at least three hours free can be difficult).

Jerking the Trigger posted up a quick target that allows us city-slickers to use available resources to our advantage. A quick copy of the original article is below and you can link to it directly by clicking here. 

To print the target, click the last link and be sure to follow the instructions on printing. As always, make sure to calculate the differences in clicks in your optics for the shorter range. To move 1″ with a 1/2 MOA click at 10 yards, you will need 20 clicks and so on…

You may remember Frank Proctor’s method for achieving a 50/200 yard zero at 10 yards with your AR-15 that was mentioned here a few months ago. I have been putting it to good use. It is a very fast way to zero which is very convenient for me since many carbines are in a constant state of flux as I try various items for review.

I have used the method so much that I created a target for my own use to support the process. It is a simple target with a 1.9″ grid and two dots. The black represents your point of aim. The gray dot is 1.9″ below your point of aim (POA) and represents your point of impact (POI). This makes it easy to achieve the POA/POI relationship necessary to achieve the 50/200 yard zero at 10 yards.

I highly recommend that you review Frank Proctor’s video on this zeroing method and my brief comments on how it worked for me before attempting it. It is a simple method but there are some caveats you will want to keep in mind.

You can click here to access the PDF. Be sure to print at “actual size”.

My thanks to Matt at JTT for posting up this wonderful little target!

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • KestrelBike

    Very cool! I used to live in a place where the best range (cheap membership) was an hour away. Now I live in a place where a lame, state-run “hunting-rifle-sighting-only” (pistols will get you banned) is 2.5hrs away and the local indoor ranges are all absurd fees/memberships and the clubs are $2,000 country-club membership or 5yr waiting lists (and then you can pay their $2,000 fees).

    • BS

      I guess I’m what most consider a cheap skate, but I find it frustrating the costs of ranges here too. I once lived 45 minutes from a 110 yard, outdoor, free NRA range and it really spoiled me. If no one was around, you could even shoot skeet. Prior to that, I lived on a farm with ample land. Now that I’m in the city, it’s hard to justify any price for a 25 yard range. However, it’s a hobby we pay to play in and every now and then sending some lead downrange is just the therapy I need.

  • Pete Sheppard

    Thanks! One problem could be finding an indoor range that will allow rifle shooting.

    • Drew

      Where do you live? Here in GA, all of my local ranges allow rifles indoors, just no steel cased ammo.

      • Patrick Mingle

        pretty rare in my area (Raleigh) too.

  • Martin Grønsdal

    G3 in the Nowegian Army; 30 m and 200 m zero. We went to the 30 m range, zeroed – and it really worked on the 200 m range.

    I remember the officer complicated it by explaining that this is because the bullet flies upwards in a different pattern, than down.

    Stupid ones absorbed, then forgot it. Smarter ones understood that it is simply because line of sight is above the barrel. And I never mentioned which group I belonged too.

    • Bill

      Don’t go there. I glaze over and start drooling when some hardcore rifle nut goes into zeroing. Ask him about zeroing precision rifles in the Arctic, or after they have gone thru an elevation change, or your target is uphill or downhill.

      And if you’re in Norway, I understand meters. Why we in the US insist on using both meters AND yards is beyond me. I’m also assuming it’s a language thing, but bullets do actually rise as part of their trajectory.

      And try zeroing, training and qualifying a group with 15 ARs with 15 different sighting systems, and then do it twice, once for irons and once for optics. Then try to convince them to actually WRITE THEIR SETTINGS DOWN so we don’t have to repeat the process every time somebody fingerbangs their rifle.

      • Martin Grønsdal

        Yes, it flies upwards crossing the sighting line at 30 m, hence zeroed there. It peaks at some 115 m and starts falling down towards sighting line, crossing it again at 200 m, hence zeroed there too.

        • Bill

          Great, now I can fill in the blank spots in my notes 😉

  • Zebra Dun

    I recall the old thousand inch range of the Old Corps. Used to get battle sight settings on rifles.

    • Bill

      I found some of those, dusty and moldy, in the corner of a store and thought WTF?

      • Zebra Dun

        Tiny l’il targets for elves is what I thought upon first sight!

        My first impression was a Put Put golf course for rifles.

    • Phil Elliott

      They used to use those in Aerial Gunnery during WWII, with a full auto BB gun no less, I have seen one and it’s in working order.

  • Limonata

    I own the SiteLite Ultra Mag Laser Professional Boresighter. It comes with a program where you put in the distances you want to shoot, your ammo and some other info like temperature etc. and it prints out charts like that are specific to your ammo and rifle scope that you use to zero at 25ft. Obviously, without live fire. Have used it for at least two years now, and it seems to be spot on requiring very little real world adjustments. One you have your real world adjustments, you go home and with the target on the wall, you mark the target so you have your real world POA. It works great, and makes it easy for pre season hunting prep.

    • Holdfast_II

      Why isn’t there an Apple/Android App for that? Seriously – I’d happily pay $10-$15 to have that at the range (not the laser, just all the calcs).

  • Grey Mobius

    May be a stupid question but what if your bore to sight center difference is not the “standard” military distance? Or does it matter?

    • John Yossarian

      It matters – You’d have to do the calculations and create your own target. Wouldn’t that be great if someone put together target creation with a ballistics calculator?

      • dsd1

        super simple just go get the ballistics chart from your ammo manufacturer – like federal has all theirs online

        look at the graph, the offset is listed – look at your yardage to zero at (i zero at 100, but i can easily see the offset for any yardage in-between, so 10, 25 whatever just use the bullseye as the aiming point and get some stick on dots or use a black magic marker and put your “hit point” depending on what distance you are shooting at – like say for a 100 yard zero of 5.56 you are shooting at 25 yards – stick the dot (or make your dot) at 1 inch below the bullseye dot. (i am just guessing right now don’t have my charts in front of me etc)

        it is not hard at all – just use the back side of a target the all blank side – stick on two dots – one your aim point, the second your desired “hit” spot again at the expected offset and zero away

  • Very nice! thanks for sharing with us

  • Patrick Mingle

    this city slicka says thank you!!!

  • noguncontrol

    so this is only for .223 rem and 5.56 nato right?

  • Trent

    I would love to see this same type target for 5.45×39, 7.62×39, 7.62×51, and 300blk. This makes life much easier since I can zero a rifle 10 min from my house instead of driving hours to an outdoor range.