Best Laser Bore Sights: Get On Target Faster!

Speed up zeroing, eliminate wasted ammo, and increase consistency. They work for rifles, pistols, & shotguns. Here are our top recommendations.

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Sep 2023

series resembles many other budget-focused brands made specifically for Amazon. You won’t find these in traditional outdoor retailers.”

Sighting in a rifle is a skill — one that takes time to develop — and one that can be made much easier with a few tools.

Boresighting is the process of aligning your sight with the axis of your gun’s bore. It’s a critical first step in sighting in your scope. It creates a starting point for you to sight in your gun, and the more accurate that initial boresight shot placement is the easier it is to get on zero.

It also saves time, ammunition, and some wear and tear on your shoulder.

Comparison of Laser Bore Sighters

Below is my list of the best laser bore sights. I list the best choices in terms of value, performance, design, and cost.

Click on the name to head to the product page, read reviews and check prices or skip ahead to the list of bore sights.

How We Picked


We evaluate the accuracy of different styles of laser bore sights by testing how close its projected laser beam is at 50 yards to actual shot placement.

Ease of Use

We evaluate how easy it is to use the laser bore sight by assessing its setup process, battery life, and whether or not it fits well into different types and calibers of firearms.


We assess the compatibility of the laser bore sight by testing it with a variety of firearms and calibers, generally a 5.56 NATO AR, 9mm PCC, and .22LR rifle.


We assess the quality of the materials used in the bore sight’s construction, including the housing, laser, and batteries.

More on our testing process

Laser Bore Sighter Reviews

1. Best Magnetic Option: Wheeler Professional


    Ease of Use:

    Wheeler is a household name in gunsmithing, we love their toolsets and wrenches, and their Professional Laser Bore Sighter is as good as they get. It’s also, in keeping with Wheeler’s focus on quality, one of the most expensive. It’s a magnetic bore sighter, which enables it to work for any caliber, but has some nuances.

    Ease of Use

    The Wheeler Bore Sight is available in either red or bright green laser. Their prices differ slightly: at the time of print, the red costs $75, while the green is priced at $115.

    The Wheeler Professional Bore Sight has a rugged aluminum body and operates a little differently from other laser sights. This laser bore sight works by connecting to the muzzle with a strong magnetic connection, so there are no arbors or o-rings to fiddle with.

    The magnet attachment mechanism, however, means it won’t work with pronged or non-flat muzzle devices. Most of my rifles use a standard A2 flash hider, so it wasn’t an issue for me.

    There’s a switch on the housing that you simply push to activate the laser. It’s powered by a CR123 battery, which is a little harder to find than a standard AAA or CR2032, but being lithium-based, it’s far superior to an alkaline.


    The magnet is strong. With careful alignment using the supplied reflective target, it’s easy to get on paper at 25 yards and align both red dots and optic crosshairs.

    Like any bore sight, using a rest will dramatically improve the results.

    The Wheeler Laser Bore Sighter uses a Class III laser, which is a typical low-power laser common in many laser pointers. There’s little danger, except for the potential to flash-blind someone within 530 feet.

    As with any laser, exercise caution. There’s no dimmer so you can’t dim it for in-house use, either.


    • Super easy to use
    • Universal — no arbors or o-rings to fiddle with
    • Really high-quality product


    • Won’t adhere to non-flat muzzle devices
    • No dimmer for indoor use

    2. Best Cartridge Kit: StrongTools


      Ease of Use:

      The Laser Bore Sighter Kit from StrongTools is a set of cartridge-variety bore sighters, so rather than buy a single caliber-specific bore sighter you’ll get a selection of 7 boresights from 5.56/.223, 9MM, 7.62X39MM, 30-30WIN, 30-06/.25-06/270, 243/308WIN/7MM-08REM, and 45 Colt.

      Accuracy Test Results

      After putting the included batteries into the .223 cartridge and spinning the bottom on the cartridge onto the body of the unit, I slid the bore sighter into my PSA PA-15 with a previously zeroed Vortex Strike Eagle, and leveled it out in my BOG Deathgrip tripod. I then sighted into the bullseye on a Splatterburst 12×18 target to see where the laser landed, then ejected (via the charging handle) and replaced the bore sighter two more times to get at the average spread.

      These cartridge-based bore sighers are generally, at least in my experience, more accurate than the insert/universal type because they have tighter tolerances (they literally have to be chambered), and this was my experience with the StrongTools unit. It was consistently within 2-3 inches of the bullseye, with 4 inches of spread between the various tests.

      The downside was the laser wasn’t quite as visible outdoors and was practically invisible beyond 50 yards.

      The StrongTools unit was consistently within 2-3 inches of the bullseye, with 4 inches of spread between the various tests (red dots).
      The StrongTools unit was consistently within 2-3 inches of the bullseye, with 4 inches of spread between the various tests (red dots).

      These are brass cartridges that use a threaded cap to cover the battery. Screw the cap in partially to turn it on, all the way in to turn it off. It will insert in the chamber, but you may or may not be able to close the bolt. That said, you can seat the cartridge, and release the bolt slowly to apply pressure to the sighter. They will keep handguns out-of-battery, backing the slide out around a 1/2 inch.

      These aren’t intended for dry-firing practice as there’s no rubber primer to protect your firing pin from wear.


      • Heavy duty construction
      • Easy to use
      • More accurate than insert-based sighters
      • Good price
      • Laser is bright
      • Helps with sighting in new scopes
      • Covers multiple calibers


      • No on-off switch
      • Included batteries are cheap
      • Potential confusion over caliber compatibility (e.g., .45 Colt vs. .45 ACP)

      3. Best Universal Option: LaserLyte


        Ease of Use:

        I am generally pretty cheap, so I look for systems and tools that work with anything.

        The LaserLyre Universal Bore Sight Kit is a total sighting-in toolset featuring the bore sighter, adapters for multiple calibers – it works for rifle calibers from .223 to .50 BMG, as well as 20 and 12-gauge shotguns – and even a scope leveling tool for proper installation.

        The Laserlyte Laser Bore Sight is the plastic rod type, which you insert into the muzzle of the firearm you want to sight in.

        You then screw in the correct adapter sleeve for the caliber of firearm you’re zeroing, and with a little trial and error, you can get close to a fully zeroed scope relatively quickly.

        Accuracy Test Results

        I again tested getting on paper at 20 yards with the LASERLYTE bore sighter. After selecting the correct bore arbor, I slid it into the barrel of my PSA PA-15 and leveled it out in my BOG Deathgrip tripod.

        I then sighted into the bullseye on the same Splatterburst 12×18 target to see where the laser landed, then removed and reseated the bore sighter two more times to get at the average spread.

        The laser was consistently within 3-4 inches of the bullseye, with 6 inches of spread between the various tests.

        Not bad, but more spread than I usually get with the cartridge-style bore fighters. The laser was tight and easy to see both indoors and outside, at 20 and 50 yards.

        My 20-yard test had the LASERLYTE easily on paper, but with a good 5-6 inch spread.
        My 20-yard test had the LASERLYTE easily on paper, but with a good 5-6 inch spread.

        Ease of Use

        I have found these muzzle insertion-style bore sighters to be pretty finicky. However, since upgrading to a magnetic style, I haven’t looked back.

        That said, these can be had for half the price, and some of my shooting buddies swear by a simple universal laser bore sight like these.

        These arbor-based designs can have issues with malfunctioning lasers (the buttons on mine always stick and can be hard to activate) and arbor screws coming loose/not creating an adequate seal in the barrel.

        It comes in a convenient carrying case, along with 3 393 batteries, again a common miniature. The price of entry is $65, but it’s a versatile enough tool to justify the spend.


        • Accurate
        • Easy to Use
        • Lots of Caliber Fits
        • Affordable


        • Durability Issues
        • Can be ineffective for some users

        4. Best 9mm Bore Sight: CVLife


          Ease of Use:

          The CVLIFE Bore Sight series series resembles many other budget-focused brands made specifically for Amazon. You won’t find these in traditional outdoor retailers.

          CVLIFE makes a lot of outdoor products, and while not American-made, many of their products are a good fit for budget-minded folks.

          The CVLIFE Bore Sight is similar to the StrongTools products above — they use a brass housing paired with a threaded end cap which activates and deactivates the laser by screwing in to complete the circuit.

          The red laser is billed to up to 100 yards of visibility and as with any laser sight will work best with a reflective target.

          You’ll need to purchase the specific caliber of your firearm, but the good news is they go for as little as $12 each, so no need for a second mortgage if you need more than one.


          • Accurate
          • Easy to use


          • Not particularly durable

          5. Sitemark .223 Boresight


            Ease of Use:

            The Sitemark .223 boresight is an example of a cartridge-shaped boresight in one of the most common AR calibers today.

            A note before we begin: this should work just fine in any firearm that chambers .223 or 5.56mm NATO. While the cartridges are dimensionally the same and differ in pressures, only the dimensions matter here since you’re not firing a round.

            Using one of these is simple: all you have to do is make sure there’s a battery (one is included) in the boresight, load it into the chamber, and then zero the rifle to your dot. If you find that the cartridge doesn’t sit perfectly in the chamber, there are also adjustment screws that you can use to make sure that the sight is perfectly aligned with the bore, but chances are you won’t even have to do this.

            It also comes paired with a .308 boresight and a handy carrying case, so we think this would be great for someone with an AR to simply keep in their range bag.

            6. Bushnell Boresighter


              Ease of Use:

              Besides single-caliber options, we also recommend that people with multiple firearms consider kits like this kit from Bushnell.

              This bore sighter is relatively simple to use: you put the appropriately sized rod into the muzzle (please make sure the firearm is unloaded) when it’s attached to the sighter itself.

              Ease of Use

              The sighter, which sits on top of the barrel, then gives you, in effect, a target with several markings on it that you use to zero your scope before shooting it to confirm the zero. The kit comes with the rods you need to sight in everything from .22 to 45. Caliber.I like these kits for people who have more than one firearm, as buying a large set of different cartridge-style boresights is likely to cost more than a kit like this one. The carrying case and included instructions are also handy and should help you both to keep everything organized, and also to get your guns shooting on paper in a hurry, although for whatever reason the Bushness tended to bias low.

              The boresight might be a little bit too high over the bore to use with iron sights, though, so this is likely better for people who plan on dialing in optical sights as opposed to iron sights.


              • Helps to sight in rifles accurately and quickly
              • Easy to use


              • Can shoot low after use
              • Not compatible with raised scopes

              7. SiteLite Ultra Mag


                Ease of Use:

                Taking the same general concept of a boresight to its highest degree, you have the SiteLite Ultra Mag. This works by attaching the appropriate rod and then, like the Bushnell before it, inserting the apparatus into the bore.

                Where this differs is that instead of an optical sight, this uses an extremely bright green laser. You then point it at a safe object to dial in your sight.

                Ease of Use

                We like this design for a few major reasons. First, the overall concept is simple, even without the included instructional materials.

                Then, the fact that the laser is green as opposed to red makes it a lot easier to use for folks who have astigmatism, which makes red lasers look like splotches as opposed to dots.

                It’s also easier to switch between calibers using quality O-rings and barrel inserts. However, matching the o-rings to a specific caliber can be challenging.

                There are printed instructions but color-coding or some more legible system would be an improvement.

                Additionally, the software requires users to enter a significant amount of information, including the type of firearm (pistol, rifle, or shotgun), caliber, sight height, bullet weight, bullet shape, velocity, zeroed range, and target range.

                Needless to say, this may be cumbersome for folks who just want to zero rifle.


                Quality-wise, this one is tough to beat, and apparently, it has been adopted by both the Navy and the Marine Corps for sighting in various kinds of weapon systems.

                In our assessment, the magnets inside the bore sighter are not as strong as advertised and are useless on stainless steel barrels.

                When it comes to most types of kits, if they’re good enough for the armed forces, they’re certainly good enough for us. We’d recommend this to someone who has to sight in weapons often or simply wants the best boresight they can find.


                • Easy to get on the paper
                • Wide compatibility
                • Magnet is easy to use


                • Magnets aren’t particularly strong
                • O-rings storage and identification system needs improvement.
                • Cumbersome software
                • Blow-molded plastic case is cheap
                • Unknown country of manufacturer


                Why Use A Laser Bore Sighter? ​

                Getting any sight or optic zeroed in is much faster with a simple bore sighting tool.
                Getting any sight or optic zeroed in is much faster with a simple bore sighting tool.

                A laser bore sight, or more accurately, a laser bore sighter, projects a laser dot from either a module inserted into or mounted on the gun’s muzzle, or from a caliber-specific cartridge you insert into the chamber.

                They’re available in rifles and pistol calibers, as well as for a variety of shotgun gauges.

                Once you mount or insert the boresight, you activate the laser and point the gun at your target. The point at which the dot appears aligns with your bore axis — from there, you zero the weapon.

                Speeds up the Zeroing Process

                A skilled shooter, with a spotter, can zero a rifle in just a few minutes. This is often true even for a single person operating alone, assuming the scope is roughly on target when mounted on the rifle.

                If that’s not the case, zeroing can take substantially longer, where most of that time is spent looking for the first set of impacts, or simply guessing and adjusting until you get it right.

                A laser bore sighter simplifies this process: put the visible laser on the center of the reticle at 100 yards or some other known distance, and you’re nearly done.

                After installing a new scope on your rifle, you’ll use a boresight to align the reticle with the projected dot at 25 or 50 yards. This gets you to the initial zero. You then remove the sight and shoot a group at 100 yards (or your desired zero distance) which should group within a few inches of one another.

                Those of you familiar with the traditional bore sighting method of zeroing an AR at 25 yards (or 25 meters) for a 200-yard/200-meter zero will considerably cut down on set-up time with a laser sighter.

                Not to mention zeroing faster will save on wasted rounds, which are about worth their weight in gold these days.

                You can also use a laser bore sighter to check the alignment of pistol or shotgun sights, especially when installing new sights in a lateral (side-to-side) dovetail.

                They’re useful tools for rifle scope installation and iron sight alignment, or for patterning a shotgun. The projected dot provides a clear reference to where the bore is aiming.

                You get an idea of where the point of impact will be relative to the point of aim, which is impossible to eyeball.

                A laser bore sighter also eliminates the need to remove your gun’s bolt, which is a nice time-saver as well.

                Eliminates Wasted Ammunition

                If you’re considering a laser bore sight, it’s because you want to shoot accurately.

                To shoot accurately, you’d normally need to shoot several groups of five or more rounds to determine and fix your optic’s zero. These days, when each press of the trigger means, in some cases, several dollars going downrange, it can get expensive to zero a rifle.

                This price consideration is especially important for folks who hunt for sustenance: each round you send downrange increases the total costs of hunting and providing meat for one’s family.

                Using a laser bore sight decreases these costs by conserving ammunition.

                Increased Consistency

                For many of us, our hunting rifles stay in a safe or case for most of the year. Assuming it doesn’t get bumped or dropped, and the humidity has been constant, there’s no good reason that the rifle ought to change zero over time.

                However, before heading out hunting, it’s wise to reinsert the boresight and double-check the rifle’s zero. This precaution might prevent missed shots on the first day of the hunting season.

                Buying Guide

                Laser bore sighters are simple tools that make this relatively challenging job much easier.

                They’re one of the most convenient tools for optic-equipped rifles — be it your home protection AR, hunting rifle or long-range bolt action — using one will both save you time and headaches (provided you remove it before taking your zeroing shots.)

                They are ideal for checking your zero in the field or for periodic checkups at the range. The first time you use one after installing a new scope, you’ll wonder what the hell you were thinking going without.

                However, it doesn’t stop with rifles. A laser bore sight is suitable for both rifle and pistol applications (especially with a red dot) and even for shotguns.

                1. Brightness

                The first attribute we consider in a laser bore sighter is its brightness.

                Especially on sunny days in broad daylight and at outdoor ranges, it can be hard to see insufficiently bright dots, but it’s worth noting that most bore sights will struggle with distances beyond 100 yards.

                Thus, we go for laser bore sighters with a laser beam that’s as bright as possible. The tradeoff with brightness is, of course, battery life, but that’s not something that we’re concerned with in terms of bore sights, as these are not sights intended to be used while shooting in high-stakes situations.

                A spare battery is also a good idea to have in your range bag next to the sight.

                2. Stability

                The best laser bore sighters are both stable and reliable. The answer to the question “Are laser bore sights accurate?” depends on how well your bore sighting device fits with your firearm barrel.

                For a boresight to work well, it must remain stable in the bore and move as little as possible. This is why we tend to prefer options that are caliber-specific, but the magnetic and universal optics can be made to work as well.

                Primarily, a boresight can only function effectively if it remains consistently locked in position while zeroing the firearm.

                3. Flexibility

                If you have only one rifle or caliber, this doesn’t apply to you. Opting for a caliber-specific boresight simplifies the zeroing process.

                But if you have more than one caliber of rifle, then it might well make sense to get one of the universal options that can be used for more than one caliber and offer a target adjustment system to simplify zeroing across a number of firearms.

                If that’s you, we think that a good universal kit is a good way to go: the cost savings over buying several caliber-specific laser boresights is worth the small loss in accuracy you might get from a universal kit.

                4. Red or Green Laser

                Red laser light is often the first thing that comes to mind when you think of lasers — which means red lasers are the most familiar to shooters and lots of products use them — meaning they can be the least expensive option.

                Green lasers are often easier to see at a distance, making them better daylight or long-distance shooting options due to the higher laser visibility. Human eyes are much better at detecting green light than red, which is one reason traffic lights are green.

                Red is used in traffic lights as well because it stands out against the prevalent green in nature, despite the fact that red is the least visible color at a distance.

                Types of Laser Bore Sights

                A comparison of 20 yard laser placements between cartridge-based (left) and insert-based (right) boresighters. The cartridge style products are, in my experience more accurate than insert-based, but they're also more expensive.
                A comparison of 20 yard laser placements between cartridge-based (left) and insert-based (right) boresighters. The cartridge style products are, in my experience more accurate than insert-based, but they're also more expensive.

                The ideal laser bore sighter largely depends on your needs and the specifications of the laser.

                You’ll need to determine if you’d prefer a universal model — one that works with a variety of firearm calibers by sliding into or attaching to the end of the barrel — or a boresight designed for a specific caliber.


                Many laser bore sighters are universal: these have a laser module on the chamber end and a body that tapers down to a fine point. To use these, you’ll likely have a series of different arbors — ranging from .22 LR up to .410 Gauge.

                Universal bore sighters are a little clumsy and imprecise, but cheap, and often come as a complete laser bore sight kit with different bore adapters, making them basically universal.
                Universal bore sighters are a little clumsy and imprecise, but cheap, and often come as a complete laser bore sight kit with different bore adapters, making them basically universal.

                You select the arbor that fits your rifle’s bore and feed the insert into the barrel.

                The barrel-insertion boresights are essentially dongles on a rod — each with a progressively larger diameter that helps keep the sighter centered with the barrel bore.

                The fit with these might not be as precise as the caliber-specific boresighters, but they make it easy to pack everything you’ll need for various calibers in a single package, can be pretty inexpensive, and often have more powerful lasers than cartridge-based options.


                A lot of laser bore sights are made in the exact size and shape of the caliber rifle, helping them get perfectly aligned with the chamber.

                To use these, you load them in the same way that you’d load a cartridge: this means that the tip of the sight should be exactly in line with the bore.

                Dry fire training systems often use cartridge-based lasers as well.
                Dry fire training systems often use cartridge-based lasers as well.

                To zero, then, all you have to do is set your reticle in the same place as the dot on the target. If you’re dealing with longer ranges, you might also need to adjust for bullet drop, but this can also be done with different kinds of reticles as well.

                A cartridge-based laser boresight is similar to dry-fire training lasers. They are inserted into the chamber of your firearm which, once the action is closed, creates a tight fit between the cartridge and barrel, eliminating play between the two and providing a reliably accurate laser placement.

                Cartridge-type bore sights are the more compact of the two and typically aren’t much more expensive.

                They are, however, caliber-specific, so you’ll need one for every caliber of firearm you own (luckily, these are often available in sets that cover popular calibers from .22 LR to .45 ACP and larger.)

                While these are the most precise, the downside here is that they are cartridge-specific: for each caliber of rifle that you have, you’ll have to get another one.

                This can dramatically change the budget calculus for these, and it’s something more than worth keeping in mind as you shop for a laser bore sight. They can also have less powerful lasers, owing to their small size.


                A third option is a magnetic boresight, which uses very strong magnets to provide a tight connection to the firearm.

                These are the easiest to use of all of the products we mention here as magnets affix to the end of the barrel. These may not be the most accurate as they depend on you mounting them exactly in line with the bore with the magnet, but they are quick and easy to use — plus they will work with multiple firearms.

                Also, since these don’t take up the chamber, make absolutely sure that the chamber is clear to avoid an accident.

                If you are sure, check again, then one more time.

                These tend to be the most expensive option, but given the price point tend to be well-engineered and solidly durable.

                They’re also universal, so one bore sighter to rule them all, if you will.


                The one universal consideration is batteries and their resulting battery life. Ensuring your bore sight uses commonly-available batteries will avoid headaches down the line.

                Anything that produces a laser will require a battery, and most bore sights will use a readily available commercial battery.
                Anything that produces a laser will require a battery, and most bore sights will use a readily available commercial battery.

                Many of these are also available in multiple colors, so be it a green laser or red laser, you’ll generally have your choice between the two — each with the same battery life.

                Pricing for Laser Bore Sighters

                • Sub $15. Under $15, you’ll likely be able to get either a magnetic sight or one of the more basic universal kits. These might not be the brightest, but they are great beginner options for people who are budget conscious. For our money, a simple universal laser bore sighter can be a great tool, and we think these are a great place to start for people trying these out for the first time.
                • Under $50. The sweet spot for caliber-specific models. If there’s only one rifle or caliber that you want to zero, we think getting one of these is the way to go, and we recommend going for the brightest one you can find. The key here is that you’ll have to buy one for each caliber, and thus the costs can add up somewhat quickly. You’ll find products like the Sightmark bore sight and many caliber-specific options in this range.
                • $50 and Above. At this price range, you’ll be looking at either kit that contains multiple calibers or the nicest of universal sights. Depending on the person, there are also some features you might want to look for here. For instance, I have astigmatism, and thus if I can find a laser bore sighter that has the option of a green laser rather than a red one, I’d happily pay over $50 for it to clean up the image and make zeroing faster. You’ll also find better battery life and the most durable options in this price range, with products like the Wheeler Professional Bore Sighter and Sitelite Mag Laser Boresighter occupying this price range.




                May 2, 2023 — Our bore sight recommendations remain unchanged after a thorough review of this guide. We’ve updated images and links where necessary.

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