Originally Posted by Dgutter
I have a .25-06 that I've been handloading for and have been wanting to stretch its range out a bit. I have yet to shoot an animal past 200yds but currently practice out to 300yds. I have attempted 600yd shots (on plywood) with not so good results. I have a simple duplex reticle and don't trust my scope enough to dial.
So what do you do? Do you hold for elevation and wind? And if you do, do you have a mil-dot (or equivalent) reticle?
Or do you dial? If so, do you have mil-dots (or equivalent) as well?
Also, what would you suggest to a guy on a limited budget for scopes?
Should I just go with a simple mil-dot scope and just hold for everything? Should I get something that allows me to dial? Or both?
I would most likely never shoot past 600yds but if I felt capable I would like to try some 1000yd target shots. This is primary rifle (actually my only at the moment) and use it for everything from bobcat up to large whitetails.
With practice hold over alone is more than adequate in hunting situations to get you out to five or six hundred yards with most calibers.
Even with a plain duplex reticle (again with practice) you can learn to bracket an animal use a known body measurment such as from top of shoulder to bottom of brisket to judge your hold over.
Beyond that you need to either dope and dial or use something like the MP-8, Mil Dot, or TMR reticle.
Nothing is as accurate as doping and dialing though IF you have a quality scope that has consistently repeatable adjustments.