I'm looking to scope my new rifle. Its a little project gun chambered in 7mm BR. I intend to use it as a cross over bench gun and field gun, mainly intended for targets and northwoods deer. In the field I can't envision taking a shot over 300 yards (hence the anemic, but accurate 7mm BR). All I need now is a scope. Given the woods I hunt, shots do not range more than 150yards, often with a lot of garbage in the way. I figure on going with a lower variable power scope, probably 3.5-10. I just don't know which reticle to go with. Are there any merits in the Ballistic plex for such a distance limited cartridge, or is a normal duplex more than adequate. Also, for you ballistic plex users, do you like it? Is the "plex" part of the retical distracting or nonfunctional? Any thoughts are appreciated.
I put a mil-dot scope on my .30-06 last winter, and absolutely love it for rough range estimation and good holdover reference if I don't have time to adjust the turrets. I will be putting another mil-dot reticle on my 300 RUM when I get the money saved up.
"I am a stone. I do not move. Very slowly, I put snow in my mouth and he won't see my breath. I take my time. . . I have only one bullet. I aim at his eye. Very gently, my finger presses on the trigger. I do not tremble. I have no fear"
7ultra I'm not sure of the trajectory on a 7br but the ballistic plex is a nice reticle.
I have the ballistic mil dot in my Black Diamond and the reticle is not too busy to me. It worked very good with the load I worked up for it with my RUM.
It was not perfect at every range but very close within 1 and 1/2 to 2 inches out to 600 yards and out to 300 was dead on. It varied from being high on one hash at 400 to being a little low on the 600 yard hash as listed by Burris but my load was moving at a slightly faster velocity and my bullet had a different B.C than the one they used but within 1 and 1/2 inches at 600 without dialing in on the knobs with ultra fast target engagement is pretty good I think. I may be wrong.
All you need to do is find a good load for your rifle and then shoot it at varying ranges with the b plex and see where it hits.
Guns and ammo, what more do we need?
As you are hunting close woodsey type locals, I would stay away from the balistic plex as it will slow your aquisition time down. If they have a true duplex I might go with that. Their fine plex is just that, a FINE plex. I have a Black Diamond 8-32 on my 300 RUM but it is for my long work. I have an old nameless 1.5-4 on a 30-30 that is good to 200 yds. My sugestion would be to go to the store and look through a few scopes imagining that you are trying to find a moving target amongst all the shelves. (I have my neices run all over the store and try to track them with the scope. Diffrent ranges moving in and out of cover, just like hunting)
for hunting within 300 yards the burris euro diamond 1.5-6x with the illuninated reticle 3p#4 is the perfect scope. mine is on a cz 550 fs in .270. here's why; this is used fairly close in and the heavy cross hairs are very easy to see, if you haven't tried an illuminated reticle(just the center fine cross) you have no idea what a help they are at dusk,dawn,fog and mist. a low power, 1.5 to 3, leaves both eyes open for total field of view, at 6x you can see far longer than you can shoot, if the glass is top quality. the gun/scope combo is light to carry, well balanced and jumps to the target. zero the scope at 200 yards and forget the balstic-plex, you will only slow yourself down. this reply refers to hunting in the eastern usa, not to mountain goats in montana. one gun won't do it all. isn't that great?
you can save around $120 by getting the burris LRS 1.5-6x compared to the euro diamiond. the difference is that has a 1" tube instead of 30mm.. to cut thru the marketing the 30mm tube allows more adjustments, which you don't need for this kind of hunting.
I set up a Ruger Compact in .308 for hunting back up in some real thick river bottom woods. Since it is generally so dark under the canopy even during mid day I went with the electro dot. I got the 1.5x6 Signature and have loved it. The dot is really an advantage in the lower light situations and the scope gathers pleanty of light to get the most out of the conditions I use it in. With the lower power you can see through anything you should be shooting through, and for extended ranges the fine plex has worked out well. I have taken hogs out to 400+ yds with it and no problems at all from the scope. It has held up without a flaw through 5 years of hard hunting in what ever weather we have had. No snow, but pleanty of rain, and temps down in the teens.
For what your looking at I would surely at least go look through one. The heavy outside bars make aquiring a moving target quick and easy in thick stuff. Most times, when we get into a pack of hogs in the thick stuff, I can generally count on two or three before they disappear.