Originally Posted by Broz
But lets be honest about the good and bad points and what really increases the risk of a miss.
Ok, for fun I will play along.
How about turret rotation error? Yes, zero stop pretty much fixes this if guys use it right but there are a lot of scope without zero stops that are used for LR hunting. So there is risk of error there.
How about just dialing the wrong number of MOA into the dial. Buck/Bull fever can do that just as easily as it loosing which holdover stadia line you should be using.
How about turret adjustment error? For those that don't check that can be an issue with using turrets vs the reticle.
How about the center crosshair of a SFP moving when changing power magnification?. Yes scopes shouldn't do this but many do if they aren't perfectly centered. I have seen this on higher end scopes too. FFP scopes don't have that issue due to where the reticle is located in the line of lenses.
How about reticle calibration being off at the calibrated power setting? If this isn't checked this can cause error issues. And if it is correct, if you drop the power by half does the reticle really double exactly or is there error there? There is usually error there.
There are positives and negatives to both and risk of error with all options. To me it is a matter of choosing your desired features, then using them a lot so you get used to them. I think that is the best regardless of what method is chosen. My issue is I like experimenting with many of them and some day that may end up costing me an animal, so maybe I need to practice what I preach!