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Old 12-30-2020, 11:01 AM
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Default Do Lens Reducer's help you? Give opinion, please.

Hi all
Does a Lens Reducer help you?
I'm thinking of trying one for my Service Rifle competition.

Thank you in advance for your opinion/review.

Here's an example:

https://www.whiteoakarmament.com/whi...s-reducer.html
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Old 12-30-2020, 11:12 AM
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I’ve always thought no. I’ve understood that they are supposed to reduce parallax errors, but if you get a nice bright sight pic thru your scope, with no shadows, you have eliminated parallax.
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Old 12-30-2020, 11:56 AM
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I use one for the sniper match. It is very easy to drift off from the center of your scope's field. The small aperture forces you to stay centered and reduces parallax error without the need for an adjustable optic. If you can maintain a perfect sight picture, you don't need either. Good Shooting. ...
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Old 12-30-2020, 10:25 PM
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I use one made by HMR on my vortex viper and find that it really does help get a consistent head position. Worth checking out, Mr. Holub offers great customer service also.
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Old 12-31-2020, 07:54 AM
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Make a lens reducer by drilling the cap of a Butler Creek lens cover.
Start small and work the hole size up to where you like it.
If the reducer works, you can get a purpose made one from a supplier.
If it doesn’t work for you, fill the hole in the lens cap with silicone caulk and it’s still good to protect your scope from dust and bad weather.
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Old 12-31-2020, 09:18 AM
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Yes, They really help in keeping your head centered and show an obvious shadow when your head shifts a little.
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Old 12-31-2020, 07:57 PM
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My kid has a WOA lens reducer on the WOA service rifle scope. I have only shot rounds with it standing. It really forces your eye and head to the same position. It reminds me exactly like using globe sights. I will be getting set up with one soon.
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Old 12-31-2020, 09:13 PM
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Anyone have quantitative data like group mean radius?

A true "reducer" on the objective lens side is best for shortening the focal distance for dry firing. Otherwise reducing the eye box is stupid.
An aperture lens on the ocular side makes more sense.

Maybe growing up with an A2 beat sight alignment into me, but despite a 1.57" mount, I've not noticed a parallax issue the few times I've been to 600yds. I mostly got a smoke tinted aperture lens so I wouldn't fry my eye on a west facing range.

With a 3" eye relief, the 1/8" hole and 5/16" chamfer is big enough to clear my 20 MOA BDC with at least 10 MOA margin.

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Old 01-01-2021, 10:24 AM
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I have used them. In the end it doesn’t seem to make much difference in my shooting. Parallax isn’t the issue it is truly correcting - on a 24 mm objective it is truly minimal. What the reducer is forcing is head position and pressure consistency. With iron sights that small aperture took care of that, the optic with its wide field of view allows you to become sloppy.
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Old 01-01-2021, 11:50 AM
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I have used them. In the end it doesn’t seem to make much difference in my shooting. Parallax isn’t the issue it is truly correcting - on a 24 mm objective it is truly minimal. What the reducer is forcing is head position and pressure consistency. With iron sights that small aperture took care of that, the optic with its wide field of view allows you to become sloppy.
So I'm considering joining this century and going optics.........
I've been playing around with them and winding my way thru the various options.......

So I appreciate your input....as with the others who have actually used them.

My question is this:

So idea goes that you need consistent head position/cheek weld etc or else you will introduce parallax issues.....parallax leads to opened groups or wandering zero--(for lack of better terms).....

But if the parallax is so small (so affect on groups).. then why worry about it?

So then, of course, within reason, why worry about forcing your head/eye into a particular spot? (So no need for the reducer).......?

In other words if the affect on groups by the question of parallax is so small, why worry about going thru all these steps to correct or eliminate it?
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