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Old 01-11-2013, 10:47 PM
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1st vs 2nd Focal Plane Scopes...

Would somebody like to explain the difference here. I mean we know one keeps the reticle the same "size" as viewed by the shooter and the other doesn't but which is which??

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Re: 1st vs 2nd Focal Plane Scopes...

FFP the reticle grows in size and proportion with the target as the power of magnification is increased.


SFP the target grows in size and the reticle stays thin as the power is increased.

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Old 01-12-2013, 12:03 AM
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Re: 1st vs 2nd Focal Plane Scopes...

And the subtensions on the ffp scopes are the same at any power setting, but are set for one power setting on sfp scopes.
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Re: 1st vs 2nd Focal Plane Scopes...

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FFP the reticle grows in size and proportion with the target as the power of magnification is increased.


SFP the target grows in size and the reticle stays thin as the power is increased.

Jeff
Thanks Broz, so now who offers scopes with FFP reticles?
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Thanks Broz, so now who offers scopes with FFP reticles?
There are several that do, but the only ones I have actually used and owned are the Vortex Viper PST's. I love mine, I have a 4-16 on a 7WSM and the 6-20 on a 6x47 Lapua. Great scope for the money and awesome customer service.
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Thanks Broz, so now who offers scopes with FFP reticles?
It is not just the reticle that allows this. It is in the mechanics of the scope and where the reticle is located in the scope.

Many mgf.'s offer the option of FFP. Expect to pay a considerable larger price for FFP's. In some cases on high end scopes up to $1000 or more.

That is all the advice I can honestly give you on them. The FFP's I have tried I hated for my type of shooting and taste and offed them. So there are better people on here to guide you to what you are looking for in FFP's.

One more thing. I would think it would be time well spent to go to a range and find a FFP to look through and sight on targets with before you buy. Make sure to look at the visibility of the crosshairs on lowest power and also how much target they cover on highest power. Maybe locate a shooter from this site that is close to you that would let you look through one and see the functions in real life. That way you will have some first hand info before you spend the $$

Good Luck!

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And the subtensions on the ffp scopes are the same at any power setting, but are set for one power setting on sfp scopes.
Thanks BadDog,

This is of course something I've read about but let go in one ear and out the other since I have never used a drop compensating reticle, I just dial up the turret and pull the trigger. I've recently started looking into it though, thanks for the input.
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