Scope eye re­lief

Sporting Gun - - STALKING -

There can be many rea­sons for an in­ac­cu­rate shot, but there is one er­ror I see so of­ten dur­ing cour­ses and train­ing on our range.

Eye re­lief is the dis­tance you must po­si­tion your eye in front of the rear lens of the scope (oc­u­lar lens).

Too close and you will not get a full, clear round sight pic­ture, but you may also get a belt in the eye from the scope on re­coil – not rec­om­mended!

Too far away and the same pic­ture oc­curs, with­out the belt in the eye.

Cor­rect eye re­lief is crit­i­cal to achieve ac­cu­rate, tight groups. It will also ad­just depend­ing on the mag­ni­fi­ca­tion you use if you have a vari­able mag­ni­fi­ca­tion scope. The eye re­lief on higher mag­ni­fi­ca­tion is even more crit­i­cal.

What should be seen through the scope is a clear in­ner black ring and a clear, cir­cu­lar pic­ture with­out any shad­ow­ing. With that cor­rect view, your eye is sight­ing through the cen­tre of the scope every time.

Cor­rect, con­sis­tent eye re­lief view In­cor­rect eye re­lief view Any sight pic­ture that is el­lip­ti­cal sim­ply means that you are not sight­ing through the cen­tre of the scope. With every shot your eye is prob­a­bly go­ing to be in a dif­fer­ent po­si­tion, usu­ally...

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