I’m doing my best to be patient, waiting out the weather so I can sight in my new rifle

I got my new rifle just in time for the snow to hit. I’m dying to get it out to the range and sight it in, but it looks like I’m going to have to be patient.

I picked up my new Weatherby Vanguard last week, and I already had a brand-new Maven scope to mount on it. Just a few days before I went to get the rifle, I got the scope rings and bases, too. I thought I was all set to get it sighted in.

But the bases I got for it weren’t quite right. The Warne bases were supposed to be made specifically for the Vanguard, they didn’t fit correctly. So I ordered some Talley bases instead, and I had to wait for them to arrive.

I finally got those Talley bases on Friday, and I mounted them on the new rifle right away. Now I have my scope mounted just right on that rifle, but I still need to get it sighted in. And then the weather hit.

Since it looks like I’m going to have to wait a while before I sight it in, I’m thinking I might as well get a bore sight of my own. It would save me time, because I wouldn’t have to go to town every time I needed to bore sight a rifle. Besides, I have a pretty sizeable credit from the store I bought the Warne bases from.

I could also save my money and bore sight the rifle the low-tech way. The Vanguard is a bolt-action, so I could lock it down on the bench, take the bolt out, and line it up on the target by looking up the barrel. It’s not as precise as using a laser bore sight, but it’s a lot cheaper. You need to start from about 25 yards or so, but you can get on paper pretty quickly bore sighting the old-fashioned way.

Either way, though, it might be a few days before I can get to the range. I could go to the county range, probably, but if I want to shoot in my pasture, I’ll have to wait for several feet of snow to melt. Then I’ll need to wait for the ground to dry out enough to let me drive down there.

I’ll get it dialed in eventually. Until then, I’ll do my best to remain patient.

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