Sighting Problems

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Sighting Problems

#1 Postby tom1 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:27 pm

I am a right handed target rifle shooter aged 50 years. Over the last 2 years I have noticed that my eyesight has deteriorated . I use a 0.5 Eagle eye and have slowly increased ring size from advice given to me by other shooters. Before shooting this morning I stood at the shooters mound and closed my left eye and looked at the target , it was blurry like there was mirage running. Closed my right eye and looked at the target , it was a lot sharper and could easily make out the aiming mark , this was at 700 yards. My first application was 47.4 with 3 x's . My second application I increased my ring size from 6.2 to 6.4 and had a shocker 39.1. Conditions were very good other shooters scored 49 s and 50 s.
I cant seem to get a sharp ring picture and a slightly blurred aiming mark . I shoot with both eyes open. When I finished my second application I decided to aim left handed,
Wow a much clearer ring and aiming mark with my left eye , it was like winding the clock back 10 years . I had reading glasses made from Spec Savers last year and they noticed that my right eye was weaker than my left during testing which I suspected from shooting experience. I am also sure that I am right eye dominant. Is this problem common and what can I do , any advice greatly appreciated.

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Re: Sighting Problems

#2 Postby Trevor Rhodes » Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:05 pm

Well you should sight with both eyes open. If your left eye is stronger and you are unable to shoot left hand then a outrigger is an option to shoot right hand but with left eye.

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Re: Sighting Problems

#3 Postby Jarrod Robertson » Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:13 pm

I's common for guys to get a set of glasses made specifically for shooting.

Tell the optometrist your needs (type of optic, distance from eye etc) and he'll do the rest.

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Re: Sighting Problems

#4 Postby mike H » Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:25 pm

As Jarrod said,some optometrists understand shooters needs better than others,obviously you need some correction in your shooting eye.

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Re: Sighting Problems

#5 Postby tom1 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:26 pm

Thanks for the replies. What are the pros and cons of prescription shooting glasses or a prescription lens behind the rear sight. I have a prescription lens and frame that my dad used to use that would need to have a lens that suits my right eye. Interested on the experiences of those that have used either of these solutions. I am led to believe that outriggers are the least preferred option.
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Re: Sighting Problems

#6 Postby scott/r » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:15 am

Hi Brad, I've used the glasses, the lense on the rear sight, and am now using a dioptre. I found the glasses hard to set up correctly. I know a lot of people use them very well, but I had trouble with them. The rear mounted lense was good and did me very well, but with my eyes being as shit as they are, I found that it would go in and out of focus as my eyes fatigued. Especially during Queens, with shooting multiple ranges over multiple days. With the diopter I can change the settings then and there. The only down side I've found so far is that you have to take the eagle eye out. Luckily I frame the whole target in my sight picture, so it isn't too bad. I haven't been using it for long, but I don't think that I ever seen the targets as good as am now. I also haven't shot any longs with it yet so I can't comment on how that's going to go. I would be interested to try one of the non magnified diopters, you can use your eagle eye with them.

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Re: Sighting Problems

#7 Postby Old Trev-39 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:12 pm

Before I had my cataracts removed I had a special set of glasses made. Shooting eye prescription to suit sighting in that side, and a normal prescription in the other to see downrange. Worked well, and was easy to shoot with both eyes open. Hope this helps.

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Re: Sighting Problems

#8 Postby fgregorio » Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:45 pm
These have been quite successful for me. Diopter with no magnification. It allows you to still use an eagle eye.
To adjust it, I open the iris up, adjust he sight correction until the ring is clearest. Then I start closing the iris until the aiming mark is clearest. Then its a matter on fine tuning each adjustment until I'm happy. Keeping in mind that its not a set-and -forget. Your eyes change every day and if you keep fine tuning at each distance, you will find that small adjustments are warranted.

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