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I am a rifle noob.  I bought a SS a few months back for my Savage and I have noticed something about the SS that I have not noticed on any of the other scopes I have looked at.  It seems like there is a very tight "sweet spot" for obtaining a good sight picture.  On about three or four other scopes I looked at in the store, this was not the case.  These scopes included a Nikon buckmaster (~$300), a bushnell 3200, and a millet scope at academy (~$300).  On each one of those scopes, both me and my father would hold the scope up and quickly acquire a picture.  But the SS is not like that, it seems very picky about eye placement.

Is this something specific to the SS?

Thanks for any help.
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What you are seeing is a result of exit pupil size. On simple optic systems such as a rifle scope the higher the power the smaller the exit pupil. You can calculate exit pupil by dividing the objective (front lens) by the power. In this case, 42mm/10 = 4.2mm. If you are like me you may find that 4.2 is a bit small for a comfortable exit pupil under most conditions. My preference is in the 6mm range. The way to get that with 10+ power scopes is to go with larger glass, however, that costs weight, money, and ruggedness in most cases.

Hope that helps.
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The SS is a little fickle with eye placement at first. Be sure to set it up where it feels good to you when mounting.

 

Is it the 10x, 16x or 20x??  

 

I'm comfortable with it now and love it!!

 

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I have the 10x version.  Well, I am just happy to hear that this isn't some manufacturing problem.  I think a need a smaller base to get it just right though.  Thanks for the info.
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There is a good thing about the exit pupil. It forces you to be more consistent with your posture, which can lend itself to better grouping.

Cheaptrick is absolutely right once you get used to it you'll love it.

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I noticed it with my SS 20x as well but I do not notice it anymore. After putting a few range days in I find myself automatically at the sweet spot.
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Good to know guys!
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