Originally Posted by Loner
SFP scopes hold no value to me anymore. The reticles in a FFP typically are 2" @ 1000
yards on full power so the old argument of them covering the target doesn't wash with
me. FFP is a sturdier way to build a scope, the reason for the Europeans building them
that way for 60 or 70 years. And for ranging they are a must. To have to change power
or check it to range is a missed shot waiting to happen. Your rangefinder has already
failed for cold or snow, so in the heat of the battle you are supposed to run through a
checklist? Not for me.
I have got to agree with Loner. Now that I have gone FFP I can hardly remember what took me so long to make the change!
A few years ago the FFP reticles were pretty thick and this could be a turnoff to some but anymore manufacturers have this all figured out.
The one bit of misinformation you often hear about FFP is that the reticle gets too thick at the higher powers but this isn't true (unless the shooter thinks it is too thick at the lower magnification settings). The relationship between the reticle and the target stays the same at all powers so the reticle is the same thickness in relation to the target.
I think the only situation I would think about SFP would maybe be a dedicated LR varmint gun for prairie dogs and rock chucks. Even then some of the new FFP reticles would be more than adequate.