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Old 02-14-2013, 07:44 PM
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eye relief issues

So I purchased a R700sps in .300wm (my first ever new rifle) I took it to the range yesterday for the first time. It came with a very cheap scope mounted on it. All day at the range I kept hitting my shooting glasses with the scope from the recoil. I tried moving the scope further forward in the rings. When I did this I couldnt see anything out of it. The only way I can see clearly out of the scope is with about a 1.5" eye relief.

My other rifle, a Tikka 7mmRM (i bought used and already setup) has a Leupold scope mounted at about 4" eye relief and work perfectly and has never hit me in the face.

My questions are is it the 300wm that has much more kick than the 7mm ( I dont think so)?

Is the eye relief issue because the scope that comes with the gun super cheap and I just need a new scope?

Is it something I might be doing wrong?

thanks for the input
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:48 PM
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Re: eye relief issues

A very large percentage of the time when you get hit it is totally due to poor form. My guess is you were on a bench and seated too high for a good hold. Get off the bench and go prone. Get the recoil pad on your shoulder properly and I bet you never get hit again.

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Old 02-14-2013, 08:30 PM
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Re: eye relief issues

I agree this is probably a shooters position issue but if you literally only have 1.5" of eye relief regardless of position: your going to need a new scope but from the sounds of it you need a new scope anyway, don't waist your first new rifle with substandard optics.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:01 PM
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Re: eye relief issues

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I agree this is probably a shooters position issue but if you literally only have 1.5" of eye relief regardless of position: your going to need a new scope but from the sounds of it you need a new scope anyway, don't waist your first new rifle with substandard optics.
Most of the manufactures list eye relief in the specs, google the bigger names and compare to what you've got. Is this a variable scope, and how much variance in eye relief minimum to maximum have you got?
Actually looked back, and you've responded. Depending on bullet weight, gun weight, powder charge, stock design, fit, and form. Felt recoil can be a fair amount more.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:24 PM
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Re: eye relief issues

1.5" eye relief isn't enough on a magnum. I like at least 3.5".
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:12 AM
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Re: eye relief issues

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1.5" eye relief isn't enough on a magnum. I like at least 3.5".
+1! Anything under 3.5" is a tad too close for my comfort esp. on magnums.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:01 PM
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Re: eye relief issues

With good position you do not need much eye relief and should be rolling with the recoil so the scope should not be jumping at you at all, theoretically. No scope I have ever seen has that short of eye relief by design, so something is wrong with the scope if that is the case. My favorite scopes only have 3" but like I said, you and the scope should be recoiling in unison anyway.
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