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Given I would have to mod the bolt on my M91/30 to get a scope closer than my 8"+ LER 7x cheapo scope, how close before I risk some face stamping?
 

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i agree with Gorbachev, most of it is definately in form. i know my form isn't excellent buy no means, but my PU repo scope pops back to me approx 1.5-2" at a guess with it's semi-longish feeling relief. i'm also shooting of a ruck, does this help?
 

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Yes, an inch should be fine, if your shooting form is good.
If your hold is weak, your shoulder positioning shoddy, you need to work on it. The rifle should not move a great deal in recoil without you moving with it.

Slightly more IMO if you plan to benchrest it. The changed positioning will tend to close up the eye relief.

Since I hunt in winter with my rifles, I have to set them with heavy clothing on, so they are "off" to the close in summertime, but correct when I need them to be.
 
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