Re: absolute best scope???
I believe you, and am a proud owner of a few Leopolds, but I do not have one to compare them to that is higher than 10 power. I will however check out the difference when I get the new one for my wifes rifle. Ian has said they did a similar test with the NF and the Nikon, they found the Nikon to be a bit superior optically too. I don't think anyone would see a difference in any of the three without them being side by side, as you suggest, but it is worth noting though.
If I were Leopold, I would offer an illuminated reticle like the R2, but make the spacing calibratable to 1 moa and 2 moa both, at different power settings of course. This would be my reticle of choice with the M1 turreted LR tube.
Another thing that they could do too, is to put a small dot in the center and end the vertical and horizontal lines a .5 moa away from it, this would be a very nice feature.
If they offered a few variations to this reticle design it would be very successfull I think.
Has anyone ever approached NF and asked them to modify the R2 by adding 1 moa tic marks to one for them?