Re: Leupold Varmint Hunter's Reticle
Yes, i also use the VH reticle and love it. I'm a believer in tree reticle systems for long-range shooting and hunting. But i rarely go with the system as calibrated. I find out what the subtensions are of each stadia point and match it to a ballistics program. My VH reticle is in a 4.5-14x VX-III, and it's on a Savage Striker pistol in 243 WSSM shooting the 115 Bergers/DTACs at around 2525 mv, so the trajectory, both horizontal and vertical, doesn't even come close to an intuitive system (hundred yd. intervals as they advertise). My windage is almost exactly 1/2 of the calibrated system, i.e. the 10 mph is closer to 20 mph with the VLD's i shoot.
1 thing i was never crazy about with the VH in the 6.5-20 is that the reticle is cald. for a power lower than the highest, and i always like to use the optic's highest power for LR shooting. It would be easy enuf to measure the reticle at 20x, but it won't give u the range of trajectory compensation that it has at the lower calibrated power. This is really not that big of a problem since u could also get the optic with an elevation turret, and use the reticle to it's limit then the turret for further ranges.
Oh yeah, 1 last thing--the windage subtensions at the reticle's calibrated power according to my catalog is 1.77 MOA along the horizontal axis for each stadia line, 2.86 for the 1st line down, 4.09, and 5.49 respectively, obviously 2x that for the 20 mph dots.
Last edited by sscoyote; 12-05-2008 at 08:41 PM.