Crossbow Reviews – Sighting A Crossbow Scope

Crossbow Reviews are only as good as the accuracy of the crossbow scope. For new crossbow users, it can be a bit confusing to figure out how to adjust the scope by looking at where the practice shots end up compared to where you aimed. The video below is a great demonstration of how efficient you can be when sighting a scope when you have some experience.




Crossbow scopes come in four types that differ by how the target markers look and how they are used. Optical scopes provide a cross hatch when you look through the scope. You aim where the lines intersect at your target.

Multi-reticule optical scopes provide a way to estimate range by providing fine lines through the cross hatch. Red-dot and multi-red dot scopes are the same as the optical and multi-reticule optical scopes but instead of the cross hatch, you have a red dot that you aim at the target.

Regardless of the scope you have, adjustments are made the same way. The adjustment to move the scope left and right are on the side of the scope. The adjustment to move the scope up and down are on the top of the scope.

In order to get the most accurate reading from your scope, use a relatively short distance for practice shots, such as 10 yards. This way you avoid any trajectory effects of the arrow during flight, so the way the arrow shoots at this distance is more or less a straight line and a better representation of where the scope is aiming.

Once you have adjusted the scope to consistently hit the target at 10 yards, move out to 20 yards and do the same thing. Except this time, your goal is to shoot a few arrows that are no more than a few inches away from each other.

Check out a scope in action. This video was filmed using a scope cam so you are seeing exactly what the hunter is seeing.




If you are using a multi-reticule or multi-red dot scope, line up the top dot or reticle with a base distance of your choice. With every subsequent line or dot, it will indicate it is another 10 yards away. With single red dot or optical scopes, you can still do the same thing, but you will need to know how many adjustment clicks you’ll need to make to compensate for the distance. With some experience you may even be able to eyeball it, aiming just above the target to compensate the longer trajectory dip the arrow will make.

The Crossbow Reviews team love the multi-reticule and multi-dot scopes. It just makes things easier when you come across game animals at varying distances away from where you are shooting from.