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Riflescope eye relief

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by j2crows, Nov 10, 2011.

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  1. j2crows

    j2crows Member

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    Based on your personal experience which riflescope do you feel has the best eye relief at either 16x or 20x? Either 1" or 30MM tube. I would like to keep the price range at $500-$800. Uhhh...Of course I'm looking for a scope that maxes out at either 16x or 20x.
     
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  2. 45-70 Ranger

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    Well sir, I'm no scope whiz, but I can say from personal experience that with a 45-70 you want about 5" relief!! Might be the same with other hark kicking weapons. I've never used any scope with that kind of power you're talking about. That said, I'm sure that unless you are using some monster gun, that the eye relief in a more standard distance would suffice. The difference in 1" and 30mm is really a matter of choice. I do know this; the larger the primary optic, the more light you get. Also much taller rings you will need too. One can put a huge scope on a weapon and if the cheek piece is not tall enough, you'll suffer by having to stretch yourself up to see with a tall scope on a low stock. My boy went throught that when he put a 4-16x monster scope on a Savage 99 that had a low stock for mainly iron sight shooting. He was a sight to see trying to get his face to raise up and not chip a tooth when he fired! Ended up putting a cheek pad in place to cure the problem....

    Well, that's the take on things by this oldman. There are folks here that I KNOW have way more scope time than me to be sure! Be paitent and one or two will chime in with their assistance I'm sure.

    Good hunting,,,,,Wade
     
  3. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Emeritus

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    What is "best"? It's not longest, and it's not the shortest. Eye relief distance is one optimum distance for any optic.

    You want an optic that has between 3 and 4" of eye relief at the magnifications you'll be using and a generous eye box. A larger exit pupil helps.

    The "best" eye boxes on all scopes I have shot have been on S&B and Hensoldt scopes.
     
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    large eye box is important! I've got a nitrex tr1 (basically a weaver grand slam) that has a tight eye box, and I feel like I am always hunting around trying to get the right sight picture at 20x.
     
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