Eye relief issue on Leupold VX3i

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I have a VX3i 30mm 4.5-14x50 on my Savage .270. I chose this optic due to the light weight and adjustment range/features. I was trying to keep the weight of the system down. However, I have an issue with the eye relief. In order to get a full sight picture while maintaining proper cheek weld, I need to move the scope back a little less than an inch. This presents a problem, because the objective bell sits below my (0 moa) picatinny rail, which I actually shortened a bit in the front to get the scope lower. So, I have a few ideas, and I’m hoping to get a few opinions:
1) use higher rings - I don’t love this idea, because I don’t want the scope height to be too high off the muzzle.
2) swap to Talley rings, but I don’t think this will give me enough movement backwards.
3) shorten LOP on my stock - I wear at least four layers during rifle season, so I’m essentially adding another inch of so of space between my shoulder and the scope. The stock is a B&C Sporter.
4) Replace my optic - I have a Bushnell LRHS 3-12 I could put on, but I do t want to make it heavier. I also love the Leupold, but I could put it on my Swede...
I’ve attached some photos of my rifle for reference. Please let me know what you think.
 

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I would cut that base back as far as possible and angle the top to much the angle of the objective bell. A little cold blue or even a permanent black marker would cover the cut.

I've done this myself with excellent results and no cost. If that doesn't give you enough then you'll have to consider your other options.
 

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I have a VX3i 30mm 4.5-14x50 on my Savage .270. I chose this optic due to the light weight and adjustment range/features. I was trying to keep the weight of the system down. However, I have an issue with the eye relief. In order to get a full sight picture while maintaining proper cheek weld, I need to move the scope back a little less than an inch. This presents a problem, because the objective bell sits below my (0 moa) picatinny rail, which I actually shortened a bit in the front to get the scope lower. So, I have a few ideas, and I’m hoping to get a few opinions:
1) use higher rings - I don’t love this idea, because I don’t want the scope height to be too high off the muzzle.
2) swap to Talley rings, but I don’t think this will give me enough movement backwards.
3) shorten LOP on my stock - I wear at least four layers during rifle season, so I’m essentially adding another inch of so of space between my shoulder and the scope. The stock is a B&C Sporter.
4) Replace my optic - I have a Bushnell LRHS 3-12 I could put on, but I do t want to make it heavier. I also love the Leupold, but I could put it on my Swede...
I’ve attached some photos of my rifle for reference. Please let me know what you think.
Option 1 is not as bad as you think. Here's my .264 WM with Leupold LRP 6-5-20 medium Burris XTR Sig ring on a 20 MOA Warne rail.
Savage 111F .264 WM scoped 2 of 4 .jpg
 

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