Choosing the Right Scope for Close Quarter Hunting: 6 Eye Relief or 3.2 Eye Relief?

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  • Corey's avatar

    I always maximize eye relief.

  • Cameron's avatar

    @Corey What amount do you find is a good balance?

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    In close I just run iron sights 🤷‍♂️

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    @Cameron For a scoped rifle I will make the relief distance as long as is physically possible since you can always slide your head along the cheek-piece. This is how my dad showed me. For single lens optics like a red dot on a shotgun, I generally start at maximum relief, then practice snapping to target over and over and make what slight adjustment you need. My experience (which isn’t worth much) shows me that there is no single measurement can work for everybody. How you throw your gun up to your shoulder is quite a bit different from one person to another. Try, adjust then repeat. Over and over.

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    @Cameron It’s hard to say cause it can be very different for each person but I practice throwing up my gun and adjust to match where my eye actually lines up.

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