I've been having problems getting to all my deer rifles this year. Part of it was that the hot summer we had; I stayed home in the air conditioning. Part of it was Angus' expanded bagpipe schedule. Part of it was that we have had high winds a couple of weekends in a row. It is hard to get a good shot off when the wind is noticeably blowing you around, let alone the bullet.
It's two weekends until the start of Rifle Season. I had two more rifles to sight in. Yesterday? High wind. My neighbor tried shooting last night after the wind died down until well after dark. I hope he had a spotlight on his target. I got out around 10 this morning. My Winchester Model 70 was giving me fits-- long story. I think I was just being impatient and not letting the barrel cool off. Anyhow, I got it down to a 1 inch group close to the bullseye and patted myself on the back. I'd shot more than I'd wanted to, but there was enough left over for deer season.
I have for probably 20 years kept a dime inside the cap of my scopes' windage adjustments. It was a trick I read about in a magazine years ago. The dime gives you a handy tool for adjusting your sights. All my deer rifles have this accessory.
Don't do it. I was taking the Mod 70 back to the case and tightening down the caps on the scope as I went . All of a sudden I felt a strange clicking noise. I tried to tighten the cap a bit more, and it happened again.
I didn't have my bore sighter handy, so I really couldn't tell. Usually I bring it with me. However, I backed the scope's windage screw up a bit and tried it again. Sure enough, I moved the windage at least 8 clicks. DRAT!
All told I was about 3 inches to the left at 25 yards. Long story short, half a dozen rounds later, I was printing back within an inch of the bull and got the rifle back in the case without further incident. Before the cases were shut, I added twenty cents to my pocket.
Don't believe everything you read in magazines.