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Which Nightforce Reticle? NP-R1 or Mil-Dot

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Unread 12-03-2004, 09:30 AM
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Which Nightforce Reticle? NP-R1 or Mil-Dot

Looking at getting a Nightforce Varmint 3.5-15x56mm with either of the two above reticles.

Which one and why. Looking for 0-800 yards performance on targets from crows to deer. Any suggestions?

Also just read the Varmint series does not have side focus....how important is side focus...I know newbie questions suck but i need help before dropping $750 for a scope.

Would a Leupold MarkIV be a better choice with side focus...i think they have side focus.

Kyle

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    Unread 12-03-2004, 09:49 AM
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    Re: Which Nightforce Reticle? NP-R1 or Mil-Dot

    ...hate to further "muddy the water"... but the "R2" reticle is by far the most popular and the 5.5-22x56 is by far the most popular Nightforce scope... also, there are numerous differences besides the side or front parallax focusing between the NF "varmint series" and their "NXS" models (preferred)... the Leupold definitely has it's advantages as well in color rendition, more price competition etc... www.midwayusa.com has a fantastic 6.5-20 Mark IV on sale now... hope this helps...
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    Re: Which Nightforce Reticle? NP-R1 or Mil-Dot

    My NF Benchrest (8-32) & Varminter (5.5-22) have the NP1-RR reticle and suits my shooting well. But, all of my hunting/shooting at furry things is at prairie dogs. The circles are great for ranging them. Your shooting to 800 yds on larger animals may be better suited to using an NP-R2 reticle. The graduations are clearly defined and perhaps quicker to use than a Mil-Dot. If you are buying the scope used and these are the only reticles available, I like the NP1-RR. NF will change the scope to any reticle they have for about $80.

    Side mount PA is not a must for me. I am left handed and the front works just as well as side adjustments. Good luck ... Mike

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    Re: Which Nightforce Reticle? NP-R1 or Mil-Dot

    The reason for these two is because bearbasin has the NR Varmint 3.5-15x56mm for $750

    I did see the midway sell as well and wondered which would be better....Lup 6.5-20....NF 3.5-15....both about the same $$$$

    Help me make a choice.

    Thanks,
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    Unread 12-03-2004, 10:36 AM
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    Re: Which Nightforce Reticle? NP-R1 or Mil-Dot

    ...since the NF & the Leupold are both outstanding quality, I would choose the one that best "balances" & "looks the coolest" on the intended rifle...at least, that's my personal "scientific" method...it is agonizing though, we've all been there...
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    Re: Which Nightforce Reticle? NP-R1 or Mil-Dot

    Larry, if that is the case...nightforce would get the nod just because none of my buddies know anything about them.

    I would have the cool new toy angle.

    Kyle [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Re: Which Nightforce Reticle? NP-R1 or Mil-Dot

    5Redman8... gotta agree with ya there... it is cool to be the "first on your block" to have one!
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