Re: bullet drop compensating reticles worth it?
BD reticles can be very useful IF you are willing to either adjust your load to match or learn where each mark actually hits. The odds of it bang on is slim.
For me, the big issue is determining the range. For that, I use a Leica rangefinder. Once you know the exact range, you can dial up or use your reticle. Either way will work.
The best part about a target or tactical knob is you can hold dead on. With a reticle you will have to adjust high or low depending on where the range is relative to your scope hash marks. I don't like that so stick to dialing up.
As to the AO, that will only be needed if magnification is over 10X. For most hunting, I keep my scope at 6X and leave it there unless I have the time to adjust.
I am about to pick up a Nikon Buckmaster SF 4X14 - 40. This is a new scope, fully multicoated with side focus and mil dots.
Have been having lots of success with Nikon products recently and am curious about these new products. The side focus would be more convenient then dialing the front.
Will post results when I get the scope tested. comes with a target style knob too...I think.