October 12, 2008, 12:19 PM
I have been searching for a scope to put on a H&R 45/70 Handi-Rifle. I am looking at the Burris Fullfield II in 3-9x40 because I can get it in a package deal with a free set of Burris binoculars. The only reservation that I have with the Fullfield II scopes is the eye relief that the factory list...3.1 to 3.8 inches. I know that the scope will have 3.8 inches at 3x power and 3.1 inches at 9x power. Is 3.1 inches at 9x power a little too short considering the recoil that a 45/70 can generate, especially in the Hand-Rifle? I looked at the Nikon Prostaff and Leupold Vari-X I for comparison and both companies list a eye relief of 3.6 inches. Does that mean that the Nikon and Leupold maintain the same eye relief throughout the entire magnification range or are they only listing the eye relief at the lowest power setiing..i.e. 3x power? Any comments back will be appreciated. I need to get a move on so that I can purchase the scope and get it mounted before deer season. Since I live in Mississippi, I will be using the Handi-Rifle during muzzleloader season this year.