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Eye Relief is the distance from the rear lens your eye needs to be at, in order to see a full picture. If you have ever had you move your head back or forward while trying to look through a scope – you have been playing with eye relief.

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This term is actually a combination of how far from the rear of the scope, and how wide the size of that sweet spot is. As you increase magnification, the eye relief can shrink. This wasn’t so much of an issue when the high zoom scopes generally only lived on the small-bore and varmint rifles. But this has changed – now, magnums and more are wearing high zoom scopes to enable them to reach out even further.

So – as scopes have become more and more powerful, more and more eye relief (at the top end) has become a requirement.

Short eye relief, lots of recoil – a perfect recipe for some scope bite.

However, while this is an import factor, it works in with another, sometimes misunderstood term – field of view.

Originally published: September 29, 2018

Lasted updated: September 26, 2018

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Somewhere along the line, he picked up one or two things himself. But don't call him an expert.

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