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To ensure that the bullet will travel to the target in your sight, it’s necessary to sight-in your rifle. Before you can do that, you need to determine your dominant or “master” eye.

Just as you have a dominant hand, you also have a dominant eye. You need to aim with the dominant—or master—eye for the most accurate shooting. Your dominant eye is the same as your dominant hand, but not always.

Finding your dominant eye

To determine your dominant eye:

  1. Form a triangular opening with your thumbs and forefingers.
  2. Stretch your arms out in front of you.
  3. Focus on a distant object while looking through the triangular opening and keeping both eyes open.
  4. Bring your hands slowly to your face, keeping sight of the object through the opening; the opening will come to your dominant eye naturally.

If you’re not sure, close one eye at a time. The weak eye will see the back of your hand; the strong one will be focused on the object in the triangle.