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Long Eye Relief Rifle Scope

Does anyone have a suggestion for a long eye relief rifle scope?  I converted my 8mm Mauser to a sporter, but I'm trying not to alter the bolt handle.  I found a scope mount that goes over the rear sight, but it requires a long relief scope.  Any suggestions would be great - trying to stay under $200.

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Long eye relief and under

Long eye relief and under $200, you are not asking for much are you?  eek

I don't like them but Bushnell has their Banner scope for that price with a 6" eye relief, whether or not that would work for is up in the air.  Other than that you may have to look into a pistol scope but that will rase the price quite a bit. 

 

I started thinking about this and remembered the there is a scout rifle that they placed a long eye relief scope on and here is the scope:

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/761874/leatherwood-hi-lux-atr-long-eye-...

You may find some more if you do a search on "Scout Rifle" 

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Thanks Critter, I've been

Thanks Critter, I've been looking at the Leatherwood scopes for a while.  They get good reviews, I just don't know anyone who's ever owned one.  I can go over $200, and I think I will check out some pistol scopes.  I didn't even think of that.  As I looked at Midway, I see BSA scopes are getting 4 star reviews, do you have any opinion of those?  Swift gets good reviews to, but again, I have no experience or knowledge of them either.  I've mainly used Leapold and Burris, as you know, they're a bit pricey and I'm not sure how much I want to put into this rifle until I know it's a shooter.  Thus far, I have about $200 into the rifle.

If anyone out there has any other suggestions, I appreciate the input.

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Your big problem is finding a

Your big problem is finding a scope that gives you the eye relief that you need.  Burris has a scout scope that has a maximum 12" and Leapold doesn't offer one and I don't think that BSA does either.  That is where I came up with the Leatherwood, it has a maximum of 13.2 inches

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Years ago I knew a gunsmith

Years ago I knew a gunsmith in Alaska that mounted a handgun scope on the barreln of an 8mm mauser. You wouldn believe how fast a scope can be!

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Scope

So what scope did you end up going with? 

I was going to suggest a Scout Scope. Another option, but no magnification, would be a red dot optic. I had one on my Scout Rifle for a while and liked how quick it was for closer stuff in thick brush.