it had to happen
Some receiving this post are gunners, and well understand. Others are
not, so, gunners, bear with me, and try not to laugh too hard at my
The 7mm Remington Magnum is a punishing caliber to shoot,
particularly with heavier bullets. This picture illustrates what is
called 'scope eye'. I don't know what the spot in the middle of my
forehead is, almost certainly it's something unrelated to the scope
eye. It wiped away.
I've shot this rifle many times, and with heavy bullets. This time,
however, I was rushing to beat dark to get it zeroed. I do not have my
'regular' bench setup, with an 'owl ear' (front sandbag) and 'bunny
ear' (rear sandbag). I have one bag and a rickety card table and a
kitchen chair, all of which produces a very awkward, very low shooting
position. Rather than adjust things, I just hunkered down, which meant
that I was inclining my head forward and the gun was not well
supported. Rang my bell pretty hard. Two major headaches in a month...
this could get tiresome.
The classic way you get scope eye is to 'crowd' the scope with your
eye, which I was not doing. But the forward inclination of my head put my
eyebrow too close to the scope.
At least, bore sighting had put it almost dead on target. The impact
point (aside from my eyebrow) was 2-1/4 inches right, and 2-1/2 inches
high at 100 meters. I'm fairly certain that a second round to check
final zero is not required, but I will fire one anyway... tomorrow, if
my eye isn't swollen too badly. But I bet I will have a more proper
shooting position before I light off another round. Next time, piss on
this, I'll shoot off the hood of the truck.
Play with fire too often, and eventually you get burned. This is my
first ever scope eye. And I've shot some serious shoulder cannons...
just not in such an awkward position. Piss me right off.
I had forgotten how badly facial wounds (particularly on thin
skin over bone) bleed. Matter of fact, I'm still oozing, almost
dripping blood 2 hours after the fact. I'll almost certainly
have a black eye tomorrow. My head is still ringing
from the impact.
Prissy (my JRT) doesn't like really loud sharp noises. Sighting in the
'06 yesterday(3 rounds) had her hiding under the bed. But the 7 is nearly an order of
magnitude louder and very sharp... today, I found her scrunched in
behind the cabinet the TV sits on.... and she really didn't even want
to come out. I honestly didn't think that she would even fit where she
Michael sez: This is the first picture I have ever loaded on my blog. You are witnessing History in the making. This story has to rank up there with Sarah Palin!