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I see a lot of comments about short eye relief causing scope bite.  I have only been bitten once and it was because of a poor placement of the butt stock.  After stopping the bleeding I re-fired the weapon correctly without incident (youth).  Lucky?  Thoughts and comments?
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  Too short of an eye relief on a heavy kicker can cause you to get bit but I believe a scope with at least 3.5'' will do in most cases.  Depending on some of the awkward shooting positions you can encountered while hunting,nothing will help. Hey,it's a badge of honor!  Bucky
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In my experience, now getting lamentably long, most bites seem to occur in the heat of live game shots being taken. I can't help smiling when I think of my ten-year-old grandson displaying his impressive bite after taking his first deer! This after many hours at the range without bite.
 
It indicates that many bites occur under the pressure of buck fever, where adrenalin causes us to fire from an imperfect hold at our shoulder. Like a LeadSled without weight, she pops back and impresses the badge of honor!
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It also depends a lot on the position your body is in.  If you are sitting or standing and shooting up hill, the scope always seems to be closer to your eye.  Sometimes shooting prone you can get the scope closer to your eye. 

The two times I have done it once with a 7mm and once with my 45-70 were both shooting up hill at an elk.  And they were both quick shots with the elk on the move.  Got both the elk, but man did I bleed.  Both times were with butler creek caps with puts the end of the scope even closer to your eye and they have a nice sharp edge on them too.


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I agree that most bites happen in less controlled enviroments, usaully climbing the stock or akward shooting positions.
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Loose grip on the rifle and not having the butt pulled in tight to the shoulder also contribute to the third eyebrowe.
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