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Unread 07-17-2009, 06:29 PM
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Ballistic Reticles... What is your favorite and why?

I am wanting to purchase a scope for long range big game hunting and am wondering what ballistic reticle is the most popular...? Burris Ballistic Plex, Zeiss Rapid Z, Swarovaki TDS Leupold B&C or something else.... Let me hear your opinions and why you feel that way... NJS
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    Re: Ballistic Reticles... What is your favorite and why?

    I like the Nightforce NP-R1 because I use holdover. It is 1 moa graduations. It has 10 graduations above the crosshair and 30 below it. I set the top graduation at 100yds and that makes my crosshair dead on at 710yds or so (depends on altitude) with my 338 Allen Mag, the bottom mark is around 1650yds. I can pretty quickly engage any target out to 1500yds without touching anything but maybe the windage dial.

    I do the same thing with my 338 Edge, but the crosshair is 535yds and the bottom graduation is around 1300yds. Again, I can quickly engage any target out to 1200yds pretty easily with it.

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    I like the Nightforce NP-R1 because I use holdover. It is 1 moa graduations. It has 10 graduations above the crosshair and 30 below it. I set the top graduation at 100yds and that makes my crosshair dead on at 710yds or so (depends on altitude) with my 338 Allen Mag, the bottom mark is around 1650yds. I can pretty quickly engage any target out to 1500yds without touching anything but maybe the windage dial.

    I do the same thing with my 338 Edge, but the crosshair is 535yds and the bottom graduation is around 1300yds. Again, I can quickly engage any target out to 1200yds pretty easily with it.

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    I will have to 2nd AJ on that.

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    Re: Ballistic Reticles... What is your favorite and why?

    While waiting for my rifle and NF scope combo, I had to make do with my .338WM and Burris 3-9x40 Ballistic Plex reticle.

    Now my scope could handle the recoil OK and never moved, but as I did not think that the turret adjustments would handle a lot of work. This is what I did.

    I sighted my rifle in at 220 yards then Bar 1 = 280yds, Bar 2 = 280yds, Bar 3 = 480yds and top of post = 580yds.

    I then made up a corrected drop chart for a single, 10 MOA alteration to my scope turret.
    My new cross hair zero started about where my top of post left off at 570yds.
    So Bar 1 = 600yds, Bar 2 = 680yds, Bar 3 = 760yds and top of post = 840yds.

    So with one simple turret adjustment of 10 MOA by the dial, I had a drop chart that works out to 840yds with the basic Burris Ballistic Plex cross bars.
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    Re: Ballistic Reticles... What is your favorite and why?

    The holdover scheme described for an NP-R1 is really more complicated than simply dialing in your MOA.

    The NP-R1 has 30 TOTAL graduations(not 10 above and 30 below). But I find it hard to believe anyone would try finding and fixing on one of these lines, while aiming and minding level.
    I couldn't do it...

    Let's run through it another way with the example given. I setup software drop to simulate 10moa from 100yds to 710yds. I just through in .900BC@3270fps
    100yds = -10moa
    710yds = 0moa
    Then
    200yds = -9moa
    285yds = -8moa
    345yds = -7moa
    405yds = -6moa
    460yds = -5moa
    515yds = -4moa
    565yds = -3moa
    615yds = -2moa
    755yds = -1moa

    Now, assuming you're using a laser rangefinder, and a field dropchart, what are you gonna do with a target ranging at 485? You gonna count up to 4th or 5th lines, and with a fix on it move to the target, then holdoff some amount in elevation and wind(without getting mixed up)?

    What you should be lookin at for 485 is the crosshair on target or 2" into a 5mph wind, and your scopelevel.
    This, after dialing 22clks per your field drop chart.

    My vote goes to Nightforce's CH1 reticle, and standard 1/4moa turret clicks.
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    Re: Ballistic Reticles... What is your favorite and why?

    A strong vote for the Holland ART reticle. MOA below, mildot above (easier to range), wind hold offs, and still not too cluttered (IMHO). When used with an MOA turret to fine tune the hold, it is as quick as you can pull the trigger (well, almost).
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    Re: Ballistic Reticles... What is your favorite and why?

    Holland ART and the Swarovski/Kahles TDS using exbal

    The ART for the easily marked MOA markings and the TDS for the absolute clearest/brightest glass (way over leup or NF) and multipoint aiming.

    It is quite easy to use exbal and figure exact drops for any ballistic or multi aim point reticle using exbals reticle tool and at any power, not just the max power.

    2-4 simple tapes on the side of the stock for each power and you can go waaay out without hold over or clicking.

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