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Old 01-07-2012, 09:50 PM
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mil dot vs. Ballistic

So who all has experience with either of these reticles and what do you think of them. Thinkin of getting a new varmint scope this spring and am stuck on which way to go. I know the new ballistic reticles are designed to be easier to use and just as effective as a mil dot so does that make a mil dot outdated. Not looking for extra long range, max is probably only going to be 500-600. I know you can get really good with the mil dot but it takes a lot more practice. So which way would be better and more practical.
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:45 PM
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Re: mil dot vs. Ballistic

I have mildots, but now there are variations of them that I like better. There are hollow mils, and I like the TMR buy leupold, the middlle is open and it has 1mil and 1/2 mil and a section of 1/5 mil, one of my favs.I use the mildot in my 325 wsm and get right to 725 for holds and reference 1/2 mils also
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:47 PM
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Re: mil dot vs. Ballistic

i think that both have there advantage. the mill dot will be more versatile as ballistic reticles are set for specific velocities so your loads need to match the reticle. maybe not exactly but you still need to be close. on the other hand when shooting varmints you don't have allot of time to do math so using the mill dot to range find can be a pain. using the turrets to click in the appropriate bullet drop will be more precise but if pushed for time the hold over on the ballistic will be more accurate. not sure if that helps. good luck
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:41 AM
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Re: mil dot vs. Ballistic

The ballistic mil dot from Burris can give you the best of both worlds. You could use the mil dots in the upper cross hair for range estimation if you really needed to and the ballistic lines in the bottom cross hair line up surprisingly well for many cartridges. I have the reticle in 3 of my scopes and it allows me to get to 700 yards in all of them.

The reticle is not too busy and is easily adapted to many cartridges. A simple ballistic reticle is not super precise when compared to dialing for your shots, but it's way faster then dialing and with a little practice it's precise enough for any hunting situation I've encountered.
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:21 AM
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Re: mil dot vs. Ballistic

The nikon reticle is the best IMHO. It has an extra circle and is good to 750 with many rounds. I have found it to be deadlier than a NF {gasp} for stuff under 800. Its just faster.
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:32 AM
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Re: mil dot vs. Ballistic

My TMR TAKES ME RIGHT TO 825 in my elk rifle, holds are the same as dial up, and on any power since it is ffp
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:26 AM
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Re: mil dot vs. Ballistic

I own both styles. I have used mil dots for several years and and use them for windage, leads, ranging, and POI correction. You will have to do some homework and apply some math to be proficient. I agree with prior posts that the TMR is more effective for use as a ballistic Reticle compared to standard dots. Once you figure out impact points, which you have to do with all of them, it works well.. I have a Mark 4, TMR on my coyote rig. If I have the time, especially on the longer shots, I prefer to dial in. It will be more precise. I also own a Leupold that has an Advanced Reticle Technology, reticle which is similar to the Burris described in a prior post, and a Leupold Varmint Reticle. The ART is a hybrid of both, but I didn't warm up to it. They are both pretty easy to set up and use. If you are just interested in using the scope for elevation and windage using basic MOA data, go with a ballistic Reticle. If you are committed to understanding and applying mil dot technology, go with the mil dot.IMO.

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