Originally Posted by joseph
I can understand that at 6x you can not see the "hash marks" to judge distance, but if you turn on the illumination you can see them. Personally I don't use them at such low power because at high power you are able to see the hash marks and the target better to align them on the back and bottom of the chest of an antelope as an example. Once I got used to using the 6 power setting at close range I have only need the illumination at dusk or dawn once or twice. With a good resting position using the FFP Vortex I am very confident in taking a neck shot at 400 yds, but my rifle groups less than 2 inches at 400 yds. The FFP lets me pinpoint the aiming point more accurately at higher power. This has worked for me, but others may not like it this way.
Joseph, I wish not to debate, we are both comfortable with our choices and I am fine with that. But since you want to instruct me as to your ways I will offer this. In states where an illuminated reticle is legal for hunting, I have found that in dark timber many times turning on the illuminated reticle will in many cases result in a blur. I find in it can be more of a hindrance than advantage. Now if you play with the intensity you can make this better, but only in that exact light condition. Looking into a darker area or as it darkens will require more adjustment. So I am not an illuminated reticle fan for these facts.
You stated in your last line, and I quote.
"The FFP lets me pinpoint the aiming point more accurately at higher power."
Would you please explain to me how get a better aim point that is more accurate at high power with a FFP reticle than with a SFP reticle? I fail to see why one would be better or more accurate on high power than the other. If you are talking reticle thickness,, on average the SFP will be thinner and will expose more target allowing s finer aim point. Now if you are referring to bracketing the target, that is fine with paper or steel but I would not find it acceptable for a long range shot on game where the body dimensions are varying and we usually don't use center mass for an aim point.
Target bracketing is commonly used by some, but while doing so you will need to keep track of 4 aim points to center up. I prefer to simply use one (center cross hair) especially when in field position on pod and bags and in a hunting situation.