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eye relief

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by oz_lowrider, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. oz_lowrider

    oz_lowrider Well-Known Member

    I have always had a problem with eye relief when fitting scopes. I use Redfield Extended Mounts and still I don't get the full view through the scope when the rifle is brought to shoulder. I have read about LOP (length of pull) and I've just noticed how most of my stocks especially the butt seems too long for me. I have a bad neck which doesn't allow me to bring the rifle to shoulder and have immediate correct eye relief and I beleive this is due to too incorrect LOP for me. Can I have some of your thoughts on shortening the butt to fix this problem.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2009
  2. Well you can shorten the butt, yes, or get a different scope with better eye relief.

    Is your stock wood or plastic? If it's plastic, you'll need to exchange it for a wood one first, then cut it down.

    Might be simpler to just get a Nikon Omega or Slugmaster, which have a minimum of 5-5.5" of ER on the highest power (9x), and a maximum of 13-14" on the lowest power (1.65x).
  3. oz_lowrider

    oz_lowrider Well-Known Member

    My stock is wood and I have tried several scopes but the the best result has been with the extended rings. The question of eye relief varying with magnification, care to expand on that?
  4. 4thPointOfContact

    4thPointOfContact Well-Known Member

    Especially noticeable with optics that have varying power (3-power to 9-power for example), the higher the magnification the closer the eye needs to be to the eyepiece.
  5. oz_lowrider

    oz_lowrider Well-Known Member

    Ok, it's now clear what my problem is. On my 3-9 the relief is perfect at X3 but as I go out to X9 I have reduced vision through the scope. This is why I asked the question about shortening the butt. Thanks all.
  6. Uncle Mike

    Uncle Mike Well-Known Member

    The length of pull(LOP) of a stock is not directly related to eye relief.

    The stock MUST fit you first, then worry with proper eye relief. If your LOP is too long, you will never achieve the correct hold of the rifle, resulting in mainly low misses and punishing recoil.

    Get the stock fitted to you first, and then mount and adjust your scopes eye relief.

    What brand, kind of stock are we discussing here?

    Both synthetic and wooden stocks may be shortened.

    The eye relief changes as the power changes on the scope(zoom range) this is why you mount and adjust the eye relief of a scope while set to its HIGHEST power.

    What exactly are you asking concerning shortening your stock...can it be done, where to get it done, how to do it yourself...?
  7. kanook

    kanook Well-Known Member

    When my wife finds a longgun she likes, the first thing she asks me is "can you shorten this stock for me?".

    LOP should be the first thing done to any firearm that you are serious about.

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