Zeroing in with the MINOX ZA5 3-15x50 HD

It only took ten years, but I finally had my rifles shipped to California. My .270 had a good scope on it, but I wanted a great scope. When I spoke with the experts at MINOX, they recommended the ZA5 3-15x50 HD for what I was going to use it for. The HD glass has incredible clarity, even in low light conditions, and with the ballistic reticle, I can shoot out to 400 yards comfortably. I know on paper I can shoot out to 500 yards, but with a 34-37" drop I will stick to closer ranges with this weapon.

Brett Bumgarner and I ventured out to Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall, CA to sight our rifles. We drove an hour and a half to get to the only rifle range open past 5 PM. Brett was sighting in his .30-06 and I my .270 WIN. We were zeroing in for 200 yards. His first two shots were off the target, so we knew something was wrong. We spent some time with his scope and had a difficult time getting it zeroed in. When it was my turn, I was very high, but adjusted the turrets on the ZA5 HD scope easily and I got a bit ahead of myself by adjusting too far. I feel like I wasted a couple rounds there. Our bullets have to be non-lead rounds out here, so as you can imagine they are not cheap. I shot nine shots total and got in a decent spot, and decided to let my barrel cool while Brett tried again. His shots went wide again and we then realized his turret locked up. It was a complete mess! Neither one of us could figure out what the problem was. Even the range manager couldn't get it to move. Talk about frustrating.

Back on the bench, I shot another 5 and got even closer while Brett tinkered with his scope as light was fading. Fortunately the range is lit up, but my targets were fairly dark at the center making it difficult to pinpoint the exact bullet hole. Then, by some miracle, Brett finally got his scope turret to adjust and was able to get closer yet. It was go time!

My next 3 shots put me in a great group. I adjusted slightly and my last 3 shots were exactly where I needed to be. I was ecstatic! I set my rifle down to cool and we looked over his rifle. I peered down his scope and saw that his lens was foggy around the edges and the clarity wasn't very sharp. I offered up my rifle so he could look down range with the ZA 5 scope and the smile on his face was priceless! He looked at me and said, 'I need to get me one of these scopes!' I agreed completely! We left the range in good spirits and talked hunting and the MINOX scope the entire drive home. I have a feeling Brett will be sporting a new MINOX ZA5 HD scope on his rifle very soon!

Al Quackenbush
The SoCal Bowhunter