Thursday, January 14, 2016

Forward!


Three times in the last week I have seen 10/22 Rugers on a Facebook page with scope rings similar to this Burris mount installed so they push the scope to the rear.  I know that visitors to this blog know better, but I am hoping you all will spread the information to novices that are setting up a rifle so they don't make that mistake.  A scope should be set up so you can easily obtain the proper eye relief when you are in the prone position.  That means you should have a clear sight picture in your scope when you get into position, or can stretch your neck forward just a bit to obtain the proper eye relief.  It will work about the same when you are sitting or kneeling, and in your offhand position you will need to scoot your head forward just a bit more.  Mount your scope so you don't have to scoot your head forward when standing, and your eye will be too close when you are seated or prone.

I see many scopes on the internet that are installed too far back, and they probably work just fine as long as the rifle is being shot from the bench, and it is a lightly recoiling caliber.  Watch videos on YouTube and you will see many examples of novice shooters being smacked in the eye by a scope when their rifle recoils.  Do it right on your rimfire rifles, and you will get it right when you move up to a centerfire.

An added benefit of mounting your scope farther forward is that you can keep your rifle in closer to your body when you are shooting offhand.  You can pull that weight in so the rifle has less leverage against you to make you wobble as you settle in for a shot.  Proper scope mounting makes shooting easier, safer, and more accurate.

2 comments:

Merle Morrison said...

I see one possible problem with that. Set the scope max forward in summer clothes, and you might have a problem when wearing heavy winter clothes. That's where a scope with a wide range of eye relief can save you.

Merle

David aka True Blue Sam said...

That issue caused an upgrade in our optics! We had an old scope on the rifle that Susan was using, and one day she picked mine up. "Why do you have a better scope on your rifle?" or words to that effect was what she said, I think. The scopes on the market today are better than the ones we bought thirty-some years ago. Her AR has an adjustable length stock, and so does her Mother's 10/22. Those stocks make shooting much easier, and you can make one rifle fit large or small shooters. I keep a Limbsaver in our shooting bag to slip on my rifles when I get in prone.