How to avoid scope bite

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Kirsten Joy Weiss’ latest video is on the subject of avoiding scope bite. Most of the time scope bite is nothing more than a slight pain and embarrassment. Other times it can be worse. A friend of mine, a veteran hunter and hunting magazine writer, has a large semi-circle scar above his eye from shooting a .30-06 in a weird position. He was camping in some remote mountain and his first aid skills were less than adequate, so he is now marked with a scar that just screams “scope bite” to every shooter he meets.

My own humiliating story is that I once had to go to the E.R. after a large scope bite wound would not stop bleeding 8 hours later, despite my best efforts. In my defense I was shooting a large caliber rifle with an experimental non-production scope that had very little eye-relief. When the scope eventually went on sale a year later, the eye relief was much improved.

This scope bite incident cost my insurance provider thousands of dollars and wasted a lot of my time … not to mention the humiliation of being at a gun range with blood pouring from above my eye.

Kirsten gives advice how to hold a gun, which is good advice, my advice is never buy a cheap scope that has too little eye relief, especially if you are putting it on rifle chambered in a high powered round (.30-06 and more powerful).

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Digger Digger on Nov 17, 2015

    264 mag. Right between the eyes. Bleed more than the deer! It all boiled down to shooting in a "weird position" while sitting in a tree!! It happens.....
    Couldn't pass the shot! Good shot, just bad shooter position!

  • Griffhunter Griffhunter on Nov 17, 2015

    Scoped shotgun, rifled slugs and shooting from a bench (or prone) = permanent semicircle ring over right eye.