I'm buying a Nightforce 3.5-15x56 NXS today and I'm waffling between the NP-R1 and the NP-R2 reticles. I worry the NP-R1 is too "busy" and will put out too much light when illuminated ( even at the lowest setting) - making extremely low light or moonlight shots possible. Are that many lines really necessary? Couldn't the NP-R2 be just as effective by simply puttin the 'x' BETWEEN two lines rather than actually having the extra line?
Initially it's going on a purpose-built long-range AR15 for shooting out to about 500 yards; but once I have the funds to buy another scope, it'll move to either a my .308 or .300 win mag. I would love to shoot out to 1000 but I have very little access to anywhere that I can expect to make that kind of shot. Most of my hunting will max out around 700, at best and typically be 500-600.
Shooting your 300Win mag with 190gr Berger VLD's at around 3000, there is around 1moa difference between 725yds and 750yds. Shooting the 308, you will have at least a 1moa spacing over 25yds a little closer.
Depending on your elevation.
Shooting your 300WM, sighted in at around 560yds, the top post (10moa above crosshair) will be on at around 100yds. The bottom mark (20moa below the crosshair) will be on at around 1100yds.
Out to 600yds, the NP-R2 will work pretty well on biggame on the 300WM, however on the 308 I think you will want a little finer graduation, especially if you are shooting smaller targets (whitetails, coyotes etc.). Beyond 600yds, you will probably want finer graduations regardless of which rifle you choose.
Given the info you've stated, I'd probably get the R1. Especially if you will be shooting smaller animals.
Hopefully someone else will pipe in with an opposing or supporting opinion.
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Re: Nightforce NP-R1 or NP-R2? Help me pick one!
Having used the NP-R2 for a while I decided the spacing was fine but the 5 MOA windage marks sure bugged me. Without wind, I will hold over almost everytime. With the wind, I will dial the elevation and hold off more than dialing the wind. I like more user friendly windage values than 5 MOA. If I were going to get a new NF, it wouldnt be the R2. It would be thr R1 or another MLR.
I just bought a new NF and opted for the MLR as I am a fan of the miling system. The Mil system works great with the 308 also. From a 300 yard zero there a countless loads in a 308 that will fall in line with the first second and third mils for 400, 500 and 600 yards respectively. With the new 1/2 mil marks, it is even easier to hit at 350, 450 and 550 yards AND if you look between the full mil and 1/2 mil, you can get down to accurate 25 yard increments all the way to 600 yards.
Below is an example of a 308 load of mine and the MLR. From here you can see how well a mil scope works with 308 trajectories.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
Last edited by Michael Eichele; 04-14-2009 at 11:31 PM.