I went stalking with Robin and Geoff on the 2nd and on the last stalk of the day I slid feet first down a bank and landed on my back. Rifle was on my shoulder one up the spout, safety on and fortunately it didn’t appear damaged. I wiped the mud off, checked the mod wasn’t plugged and we carried on.
Sadly the deer eluded us as they were all stood in a field with no shot available
The day ended and the following morning I was cleaning the muck off the Sako when I thought it might be a good idea to check the zero
Off down the farm and I set up my normal 4 X A4 targets on the board and at 100m I set the cross hairs on the top left target and squeezed
Having failed to see any holes in the paper with my spotting scope I walked down and found to my dismay an untouched board.
This time I aimed for the centre of the board in the middle of the four A4 sized targets and to my horror a hole appeared about 275mm left of where I was aiming.
Re load and squeeze off another and I get another hole in pretty much the exact same spot
So my fall had knocked my zero badly. I was expecting an inch or so but I was amazed at nearly a foot??
Six rounds later and I had a neat little set of holes in the right place but it was a scary thought that I might have shot at a deer and been a foot out
I am inclined to say next time I fall on my arse with a rifle on my back I will check zero in the field. I don’t know what the etiquette is for this but I’d rather bang off a round and be sure I still have zero than wound a deer
So what do you lot think. Especially the guides. Should you test zero after a fall?
Sako 75 Zeiss Duralite & 30m optilock rings and bases if any one thinks thats relevent