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Scope height

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    crowski
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    I really enjoy this sport but I’m green. Enjoying springers right now. My scopes are all hawke and a few king. Using them for targets and squirrels.
    My question. What is the ideal height your scope should be off the body of the gun?

    What’s better picatinny and scope mount or 11mm dovetail scope mount? Stay safe

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    nervoustrig
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    No right or wrong answer, more of a preference.  

    Some prefer to have it mounted as closely to the barrel as possible for a long contiguous point-blank kill zone (no holdover or holdunder) in the 15 – 40 yard range.  

    Others prefer to use whatever produces the best cheek weld, whether that is measured in terms of comfort or consistency.  

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    esingle
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                         Hello For scope hight it is shooter preference what fits me may not fit you, there is no set number . Ideally you want to shoulder your gun and look threw the scope with out having to shift or adjust your head, there should be no scope shadow or the need to pick your head off the gun to see threw the scope. Of course the mounts must be high enough so the scope clears the gun and if you are not getting a good sight picture because of the size of the scope and it sits to high, you may need to add a stock / cheek piece. As for picatinny or 11mm once again shooter preference, there are some very good mounts for either set up but there are more choices for picatinny.  Hope this helps Eric 

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    Smok3y
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    These people have said it. Go with what fits you best. I always went with as close to the barrel as possible before I realized how much easier it is to shoot when you are truly comfortable! I like them high now. 

    Keep in mind that how your fit is on the bench will be somewhat different if you also shoot prone. Be sure it is where you want it for the shooting you do. Also, if you are doing NRL style shooting with barricades and such, rings being too high could affect getting your rifle and scope under/through an obstruction. 

    I like to find something to stack on top of my rifle (usually just sheets of printer paper) and put the scope on top of that and test until I find the height I like. Then I measure that and buy the rings I need at that height. 

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    crowski
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     I’ve been taught to keep it close to the barrel, what a pain. I’ll try an adjustment for comfort. Your a wealth of knowledge. Thanks

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    Smok3y
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    Back when scopes didn’t have much adjustment, being close was important too, but scopes are so good nowadays and have tons of adjustment that this isn’t much of an issue any more either.

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    Peskadot671
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    Here's a good video that explains it…

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