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    Everything said above... Nice work gentlemen!
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    Don't get hung up on what it looks like staring at the rifle haha. Different positions work for different people's eyes.

    Like zimmer said, depending on your shooting position has quite an effect on how you will sit in the eye box.
    If you lie down on the floor in the prone position you might find it's perfect. You'll have to work out what you think your shots taken will most likely be and maybe just get use to pulling it in tight to your shoulder for standing shots to take up some of that creep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    There are very few gun shops I would trust to correctly fit a scope. After watching the efforts of a gun shop jockey in GS one day my opinion is only reinforced. He did the whole exercise using a battery drill! Plus how do you set up a rifle and scope for an absentee owner?

    In your case due to experience you probably have to hope the gun shop will do the best for you. In this case I would say the guy was “lacking”. Your scope looks too far fwd which will cause you to “crawl” your head fwd on the stock and assume an unnatural position. Getting a smack in the eye is more about not holding the rifle correctly.

    The way I set up my scopes is to first decide whether I will predominantly be shooting prone or off hand. For my F Class stuff it is obviously prone and I do the set up prone. For my hunting rifles I go with an off hand setup keeping in mind that prone shots that will still be taken tend have the effect of shortening the distance between my eye and the scope. Sitting at a bench will be similar to off hand. You will never get a perfect set up as you could be taking shots steeply up hill or steeply downhill which changes the relationship between eye and scope. Steeply uphill – beware a “Weatherby eye” may be the outcome. You learn after one experience!

    I mount the scope very loosely in the rings. Set scope power to max – this will give the shortest eye relief. With eyes closed raise rifle to shoulder in a comfortably hold. You can rest the forend against something to do this but try to maintain a natural upright position.
    Open eyes and check the view thru the scope. Your view should be the full field of the lens. If the scope is too far fwd you will get a reduced circle of view. Adjust scope position in the rings backwards or fwds to get max size of the view. Typically the distance between eye and scope will end up ~ 3.5”/90mm but this will depend upon scope brand/model.

    There are a whole heap of other things to be aware of which would require a few more chapters e.g. is the scope held true in the rings/do the rings need lapping? Bad alignment of the rings can damage the scope. Some rifle actions are shockers and the line up between the back and front rings crap, likewise cheap rings can give problems as well. Also need to, once eye relief is determined, set the vertical part of the cross hair plumb thru the bore centre.

    Congrats on your new toy as well. I can still well remember my first rifle.
    Perfect explanation, thank you so much! Will see if i can get hold of the type of screwdriver needed loosen up the rings. Will be good to learn and do it myself i guess, how do you make sure the scope is level? as in how can i be sure that the crosshairs arent slightly off to one side?? not worried about finding the right distance, as im fairly sure its just about a cm or two back from where it is now but i want to make sure i have the crosshairs level before i tighten her back up obviously. cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJanitar View Post
    Perfect explanation, thank you so much! Will see if i can get hold of the type of screwdriver needed loosen up the rings. Will be good to learn and do it myself i guess, how do you make sure the scope is level? as in how can i be sure that the crosshairs arent slightly off tot he one side?? not worried about finding the right distance, as im fairly sure its just about a cm or two back from where it is now but i want to make sure i have the crosshairs level before i tighter her back uo obviously. cheers
    If you don't have a level system you can just do it by eye, or, setup a plumb bob and make sure the rifle is as square to ground as possible and aim the scope at the string line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nibblet View Post
    If you don't have a level system you can just do it by eye, or, setup a plumb bob and make sure the rifle is as square to ground as possible and aim the scope at the string line.
    Sounds simple enough! How tight do the screws have to be? I realise there isnt an exact definition you could give me, but what would your personal "explanation"? haha

    Are they easy to strip?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJanitar View Post
    Sounds simple enough! How tight do the screws have to be? I realise there isnt an exact definition you could give me, but what would your personal "explanation"? haha

    Are they easy to strip?
    Personal experience, not too tight....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nibblet View Post
    Personal experience, not too tight....

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    haha noted. Bugger, have the little attachment bit that fits into the screws but the holder for it is broken.
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    when I bring it up to my shoulder I have to creep my head forward just a tad to get the perfect eye relief (maybe a cm or so). Any opinions on this?

    My opinion (not sure of its value)........ if you have to move your head forward then yea the scope is too far forward
    Close your eyes shoulder the rifle with your head in your comfortable shooting position .... open your eye, if the scope is in the right spot the eye relief will be right and you won't need to move your head. How far forward to mount a scope is not the same for everyone and some scopes have a long eye relief so if you don't like it or it doesn't feel right move it.
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    On big recoiling rifles a little bit further forward isn't a bad thing but for the 308 you should have a full view looking through the scope with no head movement. My 338 Win Mag has scope mounted a lit forward for that reason.
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    Watch a few vids on you tube, this is something you really need to do yourself, it's kind of personal, and you can do a better job yourself.
    Next to none of them use a bit of lock tight on the screws, so you need to do it again anyway.
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    if you're really struggling after having a crack at it yourself then chuck your location on here. there are some good buggers on the forum. just be prepared for all the cheeky remarks that come with it hahaha

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    Yeah its way too far forward (unless you are crossbred with a giraffe?)

    There is very few people I would trust to play around with any of my rifles/scopes, and from what ive seen, staff at any retail store certainly wouldn't be on the list. Most (with the odd exception) are clueless with just enough knowledge to be dangerous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJanitar View Post
    Hi guys,

    Went into hunting & fishing today to get myself a gun. Couldn't wait any longer. Managed to score a very good deal in the end.

    Anyway, I took my scope in and the fella fitted it for me. I feel like it's a bit too far forward tho? He did get me to look through etc before he tightened it. But when I questioned it being so far forward, he said it's to prevent the recoil from giving u that third eyebrow. It just looks more forward than any gun I see online. doesn't look right to me, also when I bring it up to my shoulder I have to creep my head forward just a tad to get the perfect eye relief (maybe a cm or so). Any opinions on this?



    Cheers
    You've had a lot of well meaning advice here, but there is only one way to go about setting up your eye relief properly.
    Loosen the ring clamps that hold the scope and move it rearwards as far as it will go. Take it outside and fire at a target on a steep upwards angle from the prone position. Move the scope forward in small steps until the blood stops running into your eye after each shot. Voila! You've found your perfect eye relief.
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    Hahaha funny guys okay cool, good to hear some confirmations of my suspicion. So many little things to learn! I like it should probably invest in a torque screw driver set then huh.. Any (cheap) recommendations? Don't want to buy rubbish but also Lowkey broke now the screws in my Talley lightweights are the star kind.
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    Bunnings will have some cheap sets... Don't be too cheap though...

 

 

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