Re: Scope mount question
One advantage, as it pertains to the hunting scene, might be a reduced likelihood that the scope will hang up on brush or other obstructions if it's closer to the barrel and it also makes it easier to fit it into a rifle case without special design considerations. I mount mine as low as possible, keeping in mind my ability to get behind the scope for proper sight alignment when on target, bue always with at least 1/8 inch clearance between the bell and the barrel.
But scope height also determines where your cheek weld is on the comb of the stock and how much strain you experience in the shoulder/neck when sighting. We're all different and my scope height will probably be different than yours for optimum sighting comfort.
The rumor that the scope closest to the center of the bore is the more accurate sighting device has no merit and other old wive's tales of similar origin are equally bogus.
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