Anyonw here ever suffer from scope eye?


May 8, 2003, 07:24 PM
I would have save for my shooting specs. Got a bit too close with a large caliber item. Anyone else ever suffer this malady whilst at the range?

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May 8, 2003, 07:45 PM
I know a guy that happened to. In fact, I believe he's a member of this here forum. Perhaps he'll come along and tell us about it.

:evil: :neener: :evil:

May 8, 2003, 07:57 PM
uhhhh ok, mr i wont ever shoot it again.... :p

Yea a 7mm mag slipped my front hand once. Cracked me between the eyes with the not like i was riding up too close to the scope. Just a little slip. hurt like the dickkens for acouple days

May 8, 2003, 08:15 PM
My replica 74' Sharps have a folding tang sight that has whacked my shooting glasses a few times. The first time was a real surprise.:eek:

Jack T.
May 8, 2003, 08:24 PM
First deer I ever shot. Model 94 30-30 w/ side mounted scope.

Still have the scar :banghead:

May 8, 2003, 08:47 PM
Well, I wear glasses and I've never lost blood to a scope but the first time I shot my friend of a friend's 6 lb 300 Win Mag, the scope banged into my glasses and sort of smashed my glasses into my face. It was certainly uncomfortable and definately caught me off guard but neither my face nor my glasses were damaged.

May 8, 2003, 09:04 PM
Several years ago my two sons went with me to do some shooting.We were shooting a 30-06 with cast bullets reloads and the recoil was mild.My oldest son choked down a bit two much on the stock and the old weaver 3X scope tapped him on the brow. He got stung but no real harm was done.It did bring home the fact that we all need some form of eye protection to prevent a possible eye injury.Even though I now wear presciption eye glasses,I still tote a pair of shooting glasses with me in case someone at the range is without.

May 8, 2003, 09:33 PM
When I was about 7 and my Dad let me shoot his 30-06. Got a little too close and got a nice shiner.:eek: Hit the target though.:D

May 8, 2003, 09:55 PM
The rifle was an old Ruger M77 with an even older Redfield 6x bolted on. The scope was set a tad too far back for my face and my usual spotweld hold = I "wore" the imprint of the nosepiece of my shooting glasses fro several days. :(

Byron Quick
May 8, 2003, 10:06 PM
I never have but I was watching a friend of mine shoot my Parker Hale Mauser in 7mm Rem Mag last year. The scope cut him pretty good over his right eye. A little more and he would have needed sutures. Well, he immediately thought the scope was set too far back. I had been closely watching him shoot and I didn't think that was the problem.

So I sat at the bench and touched off a round. No problem. The scope didn't come close to touching me.

This is what happened to him. As the rifle recoiled into his shoulder-forcing it back, his cheek weld was lost and his face was still in the initial firing position when the scope got there. In other words, he was holding his neck too loose. As a result, his head was not moving to the rear with the recoil.

I told him what he was doing and to hold his neck stiff enough to maintain his cheek weld. He did so, and his head moved back with the recoil. We didn't adjust the scope and he shot the rifle for the rest of deer season without further trouble.

May 8, 2003, 10:17 PM
I wer glasses also so no blood from me (yet). The only time I've gotten a knock on my glasses was using a very cheap very short eye relief scope atop a (Gibbs) Enfield Jungle Carbine in .308 WIN benched (no problem off hand).

May 8, 2003, 10:24 PM
Nope. I don't plan on trying it out anytime soon either ;)

May 8, 2003, 10:29 PM
My wife, on her very first prairie dog hunt, got too close to the scope of her .22 Hornet. Not much recoil there, but enough to put a nasty gash in her eyebrow.

That was 35 years ago. She hasn't touched a rifle since.

4 eyed six shooter
May 9, 2003, 12:52 AM
I'm still pissed at myself for this one. I was sighting in my 338 Win Mag., when I saw this dog like varment running towards my friends ranch. As I was only going to have a couple of seconds to make the shot, I twisted around at a wierd angle and took the shot. The scope got me right above my shooting glasses in between my eyes, just above the bridge of my nose. The slight red mark is still there to remind me of my stupid shooting position. To add insult to injury, I missed. :neener:

50 Shooter
May 9, 2003, 12:56 AM
All I'm gonna say is this, if you shoot somebody elses 35lb .50 with a folding stock... Make sure the stock is locked all the way out before firing.

May 9, 2003, 01:09 AM
Yup. With my scoped RWS Model 48 air rifle. AIR RIFLE. Nah, those things don't have any recoil....WHACK!! First blood goes to the rifle.

Where's the [I'm a friggin' idiot] smilie? Okay, this'll do: :banghead:

May 9, 2003, 01:20 AM
Just a few weeks ago, my Dad and I went shooting. He was popping away with his Mouser and I offer up my Savage 112 in .308 (hand loaded 155g). First shot-BULLSEYE.....well dads right eye anyways. I had to laugh at him.:D

May 9, 2003, 02:57 AM
I had a friend that knew nothing about shooting. He took my .22 pelet pistol and put it right up to his eye to see through the IRON sights. The recoil whacked him good and he got a black eye. He was a moron, as well as inexperienced.

May 9, 2003, 03:30 AM
Once, by a Ruger M77 .338 Win. Mag. It cured me of stock crawling.

May 9, 2003, 04:23 AM
My first experience with a firearm. A day at the range with dad's break action rifle (of some sort - never got into the whole make/model/number thing). It was sore for a while but I'd regained vision again in 10 minutes or so. ;)

May 9, 2003, 05:25 AM
A lot of half moon club members here :what:

I've been bumped a few times, never cut. :cool:

May 9, 2003, 08:10 AM
I would say if it hasn't happened at least once----YET---You haven't shot a big enough rifle or a cheap enough scope---lol.

I've been shooting for years with no problem--but about 5 years ago--a 7mm maggie--a cheap scope---and a poor rest(was using a Harris bi-pod) all conspired to give me a half moon gash---right between the eyes------not much pain---but bled like a stuck pig.

No more cheap scopes for me anymore---Leupold or better from then on. Think eye relief.

May 9, 2003, 09:32 AM
My .300 mag BAR that I got too close to on the last round in the magazine, with Federal 180's. Bounced the scope off of my glasses, which earned me a slice across the bridge of my nose. Felt a lot like a stiff punch.

Ouch, a little blood, but no scar. Uh...Oops!

The worst thing is that it's on a DSP video for all the world to see. So much for preserving dignity. I had to tell the camera what a scope cut was with blood dripping down my nose. :o

Colin the expert gun guy. Yeah, right. :rolleyes: Just do as I say, and not as I do! ;)

Well, it had to happen sometime. At least I get to laugh at it again and again. But I can say that I haven't managed to repeat the experience, which is fine by me. That hurt!

May 9, 2003, 09:51 AM
i was about 12yro and shooting my uncle's .30-30 when he asked me if i wanted to shoot his .270. it popped me in the eye but didn't leave a mark. no one saw it. i would have been pretty embarrassed.

Art Eatman
May 9, 2003, 09:59 AM
I hold a rifle as loosely as possible when load testing at the bench rest. I don't want my heartbeat or any coffee nerves to affect the sight picture. This means some extra caution about recoil, since a bloused eyebrow isn't a Good Thing. So far, so good, since I've only gotten two or three light taps through the years. Anything more than an '06 and I'd definitely be even more careful. :)


May 9, 2003, 10:37 AM
Seems I'm not the only one to have been bitten by a scoped 7mm Rem Mag...

I've never seen my Father-in-Law laugh so hard as when I popped myself between the eyes and started bleeding. Quick way to learn that lesson!

In my defense, I was:
A) shooting from a bench
B) with a rifle sized to his body, not mine (I'm 6'10")

I was happy to hit paper the next time I shot that rifle, getting "back on the horse." Live and learn, right?

May 9, 2003, 03:33 PM
Another member here. 700 BDL, 7mm mag, took a hurried shot at a desert muley in AZ early one morning; got the half-moon right between the eyes. Bled like a stuck pig, but the worst part was having to face the guys in camp that evening!:p

Pappy John
May 9, 2003, 05:06 PM
Yep, yep, when I was 14 or so...out groundhog hunting with a Savage Model 24 rifle shotgun combo. I THOUGHT the hammer selector was set for the .22 magnum barrel, but what I got was a 3" 20 ga. magnum instead. I still remember the yellow flash in the scope...or maybe it was stars. Lotsa blood.

The Plainsman
May 9, 2003, 05:10 PM
I haven't, but my former Texan (Heck, I know all about guns) brother-in-law drew blood over his right eye with my scoped 30-30. He was kinda quiet after that. ;)

Mike Irwin
May 9, 2003, 07:25 PM
If you haven't you haven't shot much in the way of scope rifles with kick.

Easiest to do when shooting from a bench, or in a sitting postion, in my experience.

May 9, 2003, 07:39 PM
I was 20 and it was my first scoped rifle, a 270 with a cheap 4X scope with the sharp edge. I was shooting off the hood of a ranger (too low a rest) and my head creeped forward on the stock and I did not notice. I pulled the trigger and that is all I remember for the next 2 minutes. I woke up thinking I was blind in one eye, the cut had bled down over my eyelashes. Anyway, I have a nice, deep, arced scar above my left eye (left handed) that I use as a warning to other shooters when I see them creeping up on the sstock.

Art Eatman
May 9, 2003, 08:08 PM
LOL...Mike, it's quite helpful to be able to learn from watching others goof. Far less pain in that method.

:D, Art

May 9, 2003, 08:11 PM
Not me, but in '44 my dad was an infantryman with the 14th Armored Division. A couple weeks prior to shipping out, they took the top couple marksmen from each company and ran them through a makeshift sniper course.

The weapons used were the scoped 1903s (perhaps 1903A4?), and my dad said the first shot he fired drew blood from his eyebrow.

He was actually pretty hacked off that they did this, since he had trained with an M1 and resented having it taken away. After their first action in Europe, he combat-lossed the Springfield and picked up an M1. About 6 months later he was given a battlefield commission and an M1 carbine. Once again, he got rid of his issued weapon for an M1 at the earliest opportunity (although that one I think was traded to a tanker).

When I recently got an M1 and a 1903A3 from the CMP, I can see how he might have felt a bit naked going into battle with a bolt gun (even if it was scoped) when he was used to the Garand.

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