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    Question I'm confused, straighten me out

    I'm new to red dots. I put one on my 22 pistol and if I hold it about 2 inches above the bull's-eye, I can count on it to put a hole in the bull's-eye every time, at 25 feet. When I took off the cap for the ''up-and-down adjustment'', it says '' UP ''with a arrow going clockwise. I assume that if I turn the adjustment counterclockwise, it will bring the red dot and the point of impact closer together ? I really would like to shoot at the 50 foot targets, but I forgot my spotting scope, but the holes are little too small for old eyes. As you can tell I am new to this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeyj View Post
    I'm new to red dots. I put one on my 22 pistol and if I hold it about 2 inches above the bull's-eye, I can count on it to put a hole in the bull's-eye every time, at 25 feet. When I took off the cap for the ''up-and-down adjustment'', it says '' UP ''with a arrow going clockwise. I assume that if I turn the adjustment counterclockwise, it will bring the red dot and the point of impact closer together ? I really would like to shoot at the 50 foot targets, but I forgot my spotting scope, but the holes are little too small for old eyes. As you can tell I am new to this.
    I believe it is just the opposite. I never sighted anything in by aiming off the target. I'd take three shots at the bull, mark the center of the group, and if that mark is below your target, move the point of impact UP, by moving the adjustment clockwise.

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    Default Re: I'm confused, straighten me out

    Turning the adjustment screw in the direction of UP will bring the POI (Point-Of-Impact of the bullet) up. If the bullet is hitting below where you are aiming, turn the screw in the UP direction in small increments until the bullet is hitting where you are aiming: POA=POI (Point-Of-Aim = Point-Of-Impact).
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    Default Re: I'm confused, straighten me out

    And since you mention "old eyes", be sure to use your prescription glasses when using the red dot, else your red dot might look like a red woolly caterpillar!

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    Default Re: I'm confused, straighten me out

    The text indicated on optics are the directions that the impact of the round will move when adjusted.

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    Default Re: I'm confused, straighten me out

    Think about it like a screw, turn it clockwise it goes (IN)... When you turn the top turret clockwise is bullet hole moves down (IN V). The turret on the side clockwise the bullet hole moves left (IN <).
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    Default Re: I'm confused, straighten me out

    I swear I have had a red dot optic where "UP" marked on the adjustment turret means the bullet (point of impact) OR the red dot you see, so they're opposite! Either way, it is moot. At a close range, crank the turret 10 clicks one way, aim for the center of a target and see what happens. If it went the wrong way, just crank the turret the other way. Don't be afraid to crank that turret!
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    Default Re: I'm confused, straighten me out

    Quote Originally Posted by ROCK-IT3 View Post
    Turning the adjustment screw in the direction of UP will bring the POI (Point-Of-Impact of the bullet) up. If the bullet is hitting below where you are aiming, turn the screw in the UP direction in small increments until the bullet is hitting where you are aiming: POA=POI (Point-Of-Aim = Point-Of-Impact).
    That's the right way to do it, also I fire three shots to make sure I have a group, then move the group to the bullseye.

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    Default Re: I'm confused, straighten me out

    Quote Originally Posted by joeyj View Post
    I'm new to red dots. I put one on my 22 pistol and if I hold it about 2 inches above the bull's-eye, I can count on it to put a hole in the bull's-eye every time, at 25 feet. When I took off the cap for the ''up-and-down adjustment'', it says '' UP ''with a arrow going clockwise. I assume that if I turn the adjustment counterclockwise, it will bring the red dot and the point of impact closer together ? I really would like to shoot at the 50 foot targets, but I forgot my spotting scope, but the holes are little too small for old eyes. As you can tell I am new to this.
    Tell us which red dot you have and we can probably get the correct information from the user manual. Not all red dots work the same way. Otherwise . . .

    JoshIronshaft basically gave you the correct advice . . . "Either way, it is moot. At a close range, crank the turret 10 clicks one way, aim for the center of a target and see what happens. If it went the wrong way, just crank the turret the other way."

    Actually, a quarter turn should be enough.

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