Originally Posted by RobertB
I understand completely, but what I'm saying is that if you have a calibrated reticle then using a angular measurement is actually easier than using linear distances. It sounds more complicated than it is. And yes, shooting groups on paper will be a bit different for most especially when your target is a known size. But again, this is long range hunting so I assumed that we were talking about a different discipline of shooting. I have both types of scopes and swapping between the two are non problem when you underatand how to use a reticle. Basically if you are just measuring with your target or how far you think you are from center then your not using your reticle. You might as well be using a duplex
I shoot Bench Rest, only for pleasure. I compete only against myself & I'm never completely satisfied with the results. I can shoot from benches set at 100 thru 500 yards in 100 yard increments. Our range also has benches for .22 RF or pistol centerfire at 15, 25, 50 & 75 yards. I use 75 yards mostly for my 221 Fireball. There's never a time I don't know what range I'm shooting at.
If my groups don't suit me, I assume I don't have a correct load, my brass isn't prepared well enough, my load needs more development, or my shooting technique needs to be improved or I need more practice. I'm always looking for consistency first & smaller groups second. I'm my own worst critic. And I still cant imagine why I'd need anything more than a simple crosshair. I'd probably feel different if I was a hunter, but I'm not. I never wanted to spend the time it takes to be skilled hunter. That's requires a lot of time & dedication & I admire those who have that skill.