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The fact of the matter is, you may not—unless you have a low buttstock (well, not you, your rifle). Many old iron-sight guns had buttstocks that were too low, so you couldn't get your cheek in the right position to align your eye to your new scope. To rectify this unfortunate situation, scope makers introduced an invention that you could stick on to your buttstock and raise your cheek level anywhere from from ¼ inch to 1-1/8th inch, or more.
*If you have an old iron-sight gun, it makes sense to put a cheek rest on your hunting gear supplies list.