I wasn't sure if this question was ever answered in a sensible way with all the tit for tat bickering that was going on...
Compare this reticle image to this other one. This is at Min Magnification.
Sorry about the scale, they are both from the Vortex website.
Basically, since more or less of the reticle can be seen when you change the magnification of the scope, at low magnification the bold outer bars of the reticle dominate which have a very good centering effect for the eye. As you increase magnification, the inner part of the reticle grows in size (along with the target image) and at max magnification ony the very edge of the thick bars of the reticle can be seen and you can clearly see the fine center portion of the reticle.
It is a little hard to believe that these super profitable companies can't create an interactive display of how this works. It is totally intuitive to me. Somehow only scam companies seem to create nice graphical applications to let you understand their product. Even a looping GIF would work with a nice target behind the reticle... Is anyone from Vortex listening ?
Read here in greater detail http://www.vortexoptics.com/uploads/...24f1-a-12a.pdf
Originally Posted by bigngreen
Soooo, I've been searching reticles on some FFP optics in an effort to see what gives, and try to find something that is close to what I know works well in the SFP optic and hopefully a decent price point that the average dude could afford.
This question still comes to my mind and that is if I bought say the Vortex HS LR FFP and I'm rolling into my hunting area and run into elk that are needing to die and it's low light early in the morning in the timber am I going to be able to find my reticle at 6x or am I going to be trying to fumble the scope and get it turned up in power, which will make target acquisition difficult, to see my cross hair. I know from experience that I can crank my my HS LR SFP DOWN, improving target acquisition, and get a clear reticle on a bull.