Proper Cheek Weldfusiongroupusa
Setting the right cheek rest height on your rifle stock or chassis is something that is seldom talked about in a classroom, but is nearly always an issue while on the firing line.
Many times, we see shooters that cannot get a clear sight picture free of scope shadow, or a natural point of aim—meaning a natural, comfortable, position on the rifle that feels perfectly in harmony with you and your body.
Proper cheek height adjustment is vital to a comfortable and correct shooting position. We always recommend a rifle chassis that has an adjustable cheek rest, though there are some aftermarket cheek rests that can be fit over a stock to allow for height adjustment. If you do not have an adjustable cheek rest there’s a good chance you will end up with some sort of padding duct taped to your rifle stock. It’s just not possible for a stationary cheek weld area on a stock to fit every person, body type, face shape, scope height, etc.
If there is one item you should demand for your rifle chassis/stock, it is an adjustable cheek weld. Improper cheek weld causes erratic shot groups and inconsistency, and always leads to the shooter being more and more uncomfortable during a long day of shooting. This inconsistency and erratic performance naturally leads to frustration and a lack of confidence.
The first consideration for setting the proper cheek height should be that it’s high enough that you do not need to hold your head up with your neck to get a good clear view through your scope with no scope shadow. Second, your cheek weld position should be easily repeatable, so you can quickly shoulder your rifle and establish a comfortable, natural position. Next, be sure your cheek rest does not interfere with your bolt while in the fully open position, or does not impede the charging handle on AR-style rifles when pulled all the way to the rear position. Cheek rests can often be cut, notched, or shifted rearward if there is any interference.
Another benefit for having an adjustable cheek piece is the variances you may experience in different positions. For some people, a perfectly set cheek weld while shooting from a bench in a seated position may not be the correct height for shooting from the prone position. Sometimes a slight adjustment can make you a happy and successful shooter in all positions.
We advise everyone to spend the time to make sure you have what you need for a proper cheek weld. This means a comfortable, repeatable position with a relaxed neck for a long day of shooting, not just a couple shots off a bench. Spend some time modifying your stock, or experimenting with this next time you are shopping for a rifle or chassis. You will be glad you did!