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Constant Eye Relief Variable Magnification?

Postby DKWalton on Tue Mar 12, 2013 2:17 am

I find it hard to believe that handgun scopes actually have a constant eye relief from the lowest to highest magnifications. Yet that is what is claimed by one manufacturer and implied by another.

Re: http://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnell-el ... scope.html
Does the Bushnell Elite Handgun 2-6x32 Multi-X Scope really have a 20 inch eye relief at all magnifications from 2 to 6x? Does anyone know the real skinny on this scope with regard to eye relief?

Re: http://www.opticsplanet.com/leupold-vx3 ... scope.html
The specification given for the Leupold VX-3 2.5-8x32mm Handgun Scope implies that it has a constant eye relief of 15 inches. Is it really constant at all magnifications or is this some average or mid-range magnification value for eye relief?
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Re: Constant Eye Relief Variable Magnification?

Postby Steven_L on Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:51 pm

They are midrange distance numbers. We all have different length arms and eye strength. The diopter setting will matter somewhat. People also shoot with the guns at different distances from their eye, depending on the hold or the rest in the field sometimes. The scopes generally work a few inches closer and farther, but field of view may suffer a bit, and therefore, ease of use when not having your head directly through the center of the scope. If you're not familiar with shooting high powered handgun scopes, let me ensure you that they are not easily used, even with a steady rest. It does take practice.
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Re: Constant Eye Relief Variable Magnification?

Postby DKWalton on Sat Mar 23, 2013 11:07 pm

Thank you Steven.
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