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Old 01-13-2011, 12:48 PM
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who has the longest eye relief of mid-range scopes makers?


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who has the longest eye relief of the mid-range scopes makers? I'm think about leupold, buris redfield, weaver, elite series bushnells, and the like. I'm thinking about vari-power, and a top magnification of ideally of 10 but could go as low as 8 or up to 12 if it will buy me some eye relief. If I can get an extra 1/2 inch or more of eye relief and combine it with some extension rings I will be in good shape.

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Old 01-13-2011, 01:04 PM
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If your gonna put it on a Pistol,,,Check out the Nikon Encore EER2.5-8x28. It has a 30" Eye relief.

http://www.nikonsportoptics.com/Prod...Tabs.TechSpecs
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Old 01-13-2011, 08:11 PM
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When I have questions like this, I go to Bearbasin.com...they have a spec page for most major scope brands and models.

If mid-range is around $200, then I think Burris and Redfield have more than Nikon and Leupold. I don't know about other brands.
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Keep in mind that the farther your eye is from the scope, the more "critical" the eye relief is; meaning you have to be perfectly aligned behind the scope to find the sight picture. If you've ever shot with an EER or LER scope, you'll know what I mean. Unless you're shooting a big boomer, 3.5 - 4.0 inches is plenty, although I'd be lying if I told you I ever sat behind a rifle scope with "too much" eye relief.

When I was young I thought there was something different about my eyes, because my scopes always had to be a lot closer for me to see a full sight picture. Turns out it was just because dad didn't have a ton of money to be buying top of the line stuff, so I had Tasco and Bushnell scopes on my rifles for a long time. They worked, but it wasn't until I got older that I started to appreciate the value of quality optics, including the luxury of greater eye relief.

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Old 01-14-2011, 05:13 PM
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If 399$ fits your definition of 'mid range', the Zeiss Conquest 3-9 has an honest 4" eye relief, and it's an excellent scope.
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:13 PM
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the issue hear really is the the split bridge, of a sporterized Greek mann-sho. that came with mounts from a different era. as new mounts run in the 150+ range , and add more holes to the action I was hoping to find a scope that I could eek out 5-6 inches of eye relief without losing the sight picture all the time.
I am also open to trolling ebay if there is a good one that is no longer made.
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Old 03-09-2011, 01:03 PM
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There seem to be a number of less expensive scopes in that eye relief range. Here's a 6" relief Bushnell that's on sale, but I can't tell you how good it is.
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:57 PM
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If you look in Cabelas shooting catalog, they show the eye relief for all the scopes they sell. Leupold has the most eye relief of all their scopes, including Burris, Ziess, Bushnell, Swarovski, Nikon, Simmons, and Trijicon.
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who has the longest eye relief of the mid-range scopes makers? I'm think about leupold, buris redfield, weaver, elite series bushnells, and the like. I'm thinking about vari-power, and a top magnification of ideally of 10 but could go as low as 8 or up to 12 if it will buy me some eye relief. If I can get an extra 1/2 inch or more of eye relief and combine it with some extension rings I will be in good shape.

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One of the reasons that Leupold is such a popular, quality scope is because of their generous eye relief on all their scopes. They trump Burris FFII, Nikon Monarch and Bushnell Elite series in all scope ranges. This is part of the reason they are so very popular. Let a .300 or .338 pop you in the eyebrow a few times and see what you are looking for in a scope next time out. Zeiss Conquest also shows excellent eye relief in their scopes as well, but most of the time, not quite as good as Leupold.
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Need to look for consistant eyerelief, zeiss relief is consistant at 4". leupold is not, you turn the power up and the relief drops off to 3.25 - 3.5 real fast. Now your sliding up and down the stock as you change power settings.
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Need to look for consistant eyerelief, zeiss relief is consistant at 4". leupold is not, you turn the power up and the relief drops off to 3.25 - 3.5 real fast. Now your sliding up and down the stock as you change power settings.
The only Ziess with 4" of eye relife is the 3-9, most have 3.5, and some only have 3.2". The Leupold VXII 3-9's eye relief varies from 4.7 on the low power to 3.7 on the high power.
Ill stick with Leupold! I have never noticed the eye relief change on a Leupold, I deffinitely never had to slide up and down the stock as I changed power. That is just absurd! Leupolds eye relief is as good, if not better, on its worst setting as Ziess is at its best!

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just scrolling through some old posts hear. wound up buying a zeiss conquest for the rifle. Sorry lepold guys but the cheep ziess is much nicer than the vx II, In the store, I felt it out shined the vx III as well, but I don't own a vx III, to truly compare it to.

That being said, it is far to bulky for the rifle i bought it for. It may make it's way to 35 whelen on an 1903 action instead. while I have almost nothing but good things to say about it, it really doesn't fit on anything smaller than a standard length action

after this experience, I will be giving the vx II ultra light in 2-7 a try (looks to be the ticket for carbines) looks like a mail order proposition though). there is a burris that is just about perfect, but they felt the need to wright, 223 tactical zombie slayer, or something all over it, so that's out.
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just scrolling through some old posts hear. wound up buying a zeiss conquest for the rifle. Sorry lepold guys but the cheep ziess is much nicer than the vx II, In the store, I felt it out shined the vx III as well, but I don't own a vx III, to truly compare it to.

That being said, it is far to bulky for the rifle i bought it for. It may make it's way to 35 whelen on an 1903 action instead. while I have almost nothing but good things to say about it, it really doesn't fit on anything smaller than a standard length action

after this experience, I will be giving the vx II ultra light in 2-7 a try (looks to be the ticket for carbines) looks like a mail order proposition though). there is a burris that is just about perfect, but they felt the need to wright, 223 tactical zombie slayer, or something all over it, so that's out.

I have one of those Leupold Ultralights in 2-7x28 and it is a great scope. The only downside I've seen is that it's eye relief is not as generous as the other Leupold 2-7x33 scopes. I found that the recoil from my BLR/.325 was enough to easily have that scope bump my brow, if I wasn't really concentrating on being careful, especially at the highest power. The Ultralight now lives atop a Ruger 77/RSI in .308 and a 30mm Leupold VX-R 2-7x33 on top of the BLR works better for me. Now, the Ultralight looked better on top of the BLR with it's compact size, but it simply didn't work well for me on that rifle.

I own three Zeiss scopes and their typically larger overall size is something that has kept me from owning more. Mine are 1.8-5.5x38, 2.5-8x32 and 3-9x40 and all of them are larger & heavier than other brands at the same power ranges. They certainly are clear & bright though, probably the brightest of all my scopes actually.
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Old 05-19-2012, 07:46 PM
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I have that Leupold 2-7x28 compact. I like it but mine is on my M77/22 Hornet where it looks right and feels right as its a very compact rifle.
I have a handful of Leupold vari x IIs and VX I and IIs in 2-7x33 on rifles like Ruger Number 1 Tropical in .375 H&H, Savage M99 in .308, a TC encore in .308, and one the same size in 2.5-8x33 on a Ruger Number1 Light Sporter in .257 Roberts.
I like the eye relief. That makes a difference mainly on my .375 H&H.

I understand your concern that you dont want a huge looking scope on your rifle. I'm with you there. I also want good glass that Im confident in so I went Leupold.
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Today at range, spotted one of the Weaver Extreme scopes Natchez had for sale. Gent with scope had bought 2 of them. He is a very very experienced shooter, reloader and a gent you'd listen to concerning rifle optics. Asked him about his Weaver extreme. He thought scope was a heck of a good buy, darn good optics and etc. His only complaint, THE EYE RELIEF WAS TOO LONG for a regular rifle scope. He had the scope as far forward on his rings it would go and he had extension rings or mounts, forget which, on his rifle.
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