Re: question for Ian M
Glad to try to answer your questions.
#1. Are all those lines easy to read?
Fact is when a shooter first looks through the scope he is likely to say "NO WAY!", just too cluttered. In fact the "maze" of lines are superb constant aiming reference points, but they must be mastered by repetitious use and note-keeping. The system is not something that you pick up and instantly put to maximum use, you have to work at it, read the literature (and there is lots of accompanying info), keep good shooting data.
Although it sounds like a lot I find the smaller 11 (actually numbered to 10) bar reticle pretty easy to use. Compared to mil-dots or duplex reticles there are a lot of lines in your field of view but the constant aiming points are very nice to use for hold-offs.
#2. On the ultra longrange it needs tapered bases, can you get a zero at 100 yards?
I used a Badger base, do not recall any problem when we set up a heavy .308 for testing. Fact is that I have used the 10 bar more than the longrange as it seems to be easier to work with, I like the simpler field of view.
Remember that these scopes are first reticle plane models, the reticle increases with the size of the object as you crank the power up. This enables the reference points to always be functional as opposed to a reticle that does not vary with the apparent size of the object (second plane system as is more popular in the U.S.)
#3. I'm guessing with all the lines this etched glass and not wires, correct?
I agree that they are most likely etched, the longrange system actually has two sets of bars, a second set in the upper left quadrant - don't know how you could have them floating as they are, unless they are etched.
Typically we will have the spotter using a data sheet or instruction page with the same reticle pattern, if our data says "Bar X for 700 yards" he will tell the shooter to go to that bar and also which tick mark to use for a wind hold-off.
This is very different than cranking in the elevation and windage and using a zero hold - whatever turns your crank.