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Old 04-28-2009, 03:19 PM
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Leupold's B&C and Varmint recticles

Looking at picking up some Leupold VXIII 4.5x14x40 or 50 LR scopes for 2 of my rifles. I'm looking at the B&C now for my 300 WSM and the Varmint in the future for my 243 win. Are these recticles exceptable for long range hunting, or should I look at picking up a basic fine duplex and sending it off the the custom shop for a TMR. The 4.5x14x50mm in B&C I found is a pretty good deal.
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:30 AM
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Re: Leupold's B&C and Varmint recticles

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Looking at picking up some Leupold VXIII 4.5x14x40 or 50 LR scopes for 2 of my rifles. I'm looking at the B&C now for my 300 WSM and the Varmint in the future for my 243 win. Are these recticles exceptable for long range hunting, or should I look at picking up a basic fine duplex and sending it off the the custom shop for a TMR. The 4.5x14x50mm in B&C I found is a pretty good deal.
The long range with side focus and 30mm tubes are fine scopes. I like the 50mm objectives
but on some rifles I use the 40mm objectives.

The B&C reticles are good and if you are going to dedicate a scope to 1 rifle and load the
custom reticle is nice and they are good to 500yrds.

For small targets/game in good light I would go with the fine duplex to get a much better
hold.( With the fine reticle you see more of the game with out covering it up ).

I don't know if this helps but maybe it will .

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Re: Leupold's B&C and Varmint recticles

So if I am understanding you correctly, stay away from the VH and B&C as they are too busy and stick with the FD?

I decided to go with a 40mm tube as the 50mm sits too high...any advice on wheather to go for the AO or LR model?
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Re: Leupold's B&C and Varmint recticles

[QUOTE=fireroad;279163]So if I am understanding you correctly, stay away from the VH and B&C as they are too busy and stick with the FD?

Go with the LR with side focus.

If hunting in poor light or big game then the heavy duplex works well but for varmints in
good light the fine reticle works better .

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Re: Leupold's B&C and Varmint recticles

Personally, I'd stay away from the B&C reticle for long range stuff. It's just too thick for long range work (Helen Keller reticle). The varmint reticle is excellent though, I've got a 4.5-14X40 and a 6.5-20X50 with the Varmint and I really like them.
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Re: Leupold's B&C and Varmint recticles

Got a chance to look through the Varmit recticle today, it appears to be exactly what I'm looking for as it's a fine recticle. I have found it in the AO version but can't find the LR version anywhere.
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Re: Leupold's B&C and Varmint recticles

Buy exbal ballistics program and once you have a load, you can use the reticle tool in the program to get specific reference points for each crosshair and at different powers. that is no different for a crosshair scope. Same steps.

All of them have to be rezeroed if you change loads, so no difference there.

In reality it is no different than a crosshair scope. You have to have good ballistic data and a dope chart. Only difference here is you have dope charts for several power settings.

It is really easy to do and in reality it is just as easy to use past 500 as a fixed crosshair, especially if you have the larger zooms up to 800 or so. You can have simple tape on side of stock with the power setting and zero ranges for each crosshair. After that it is simple click up like a regular crosshair scope.

Once you know the range to the target, look at the dope card or tape on side of stock and see what power and crosshair is closest to your given distance.

On a Kahles 3-9X, my max distances between are no more than 60 yards so you have just a minor hold over or under impact point. I zero at 200 and can go from there to 840 yards at no more than 60 yards between crosshairs I have used them on game at over 500 using that rifle and hit targets at over 700 regularily. I have set up a 6-18 TDS and and the 4-14 BC to do the same.

I have a 338 Lapua AI now with the 8-25 LR with varmint reticle and it will have no difficulty going way past 500 on the crosshair data and I can click up if I want to.

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