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Old 06-22-2013, 09:58 AM
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Re: Nightforce Velocity 1000 Reticle Review

Extremely happy with the scope !

If you get a chance, try one out.... You will be glad ya did.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:54 PM
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Re: Nightforce Velocity 1000 Reticle Review

THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING MY QUESTIONS.

Can you explain how you would set up this scope if you typically shot at 2800' elevation and randomly hunt at 5000' elevation, the opposite of your review example?????

You stated this in the review:This allows me to do a slight down correction if I travel to higher elevations and I can always dial up a quarter or half MOA from my zero if needed if I go to places that have lower elevation.
For example, I live in Wyoming at about 4650’ ASL. I like to go to Montana to shoot and hunt with a friend in Glasgow, which is 2600’ ASL. When we shot out to an 830 yard steel, I only needed .25 MOA up correction to put me dead on, which equals about 2 inches at that distance. (.25 X 8 = 2”) That shows what a small amount the reticle was off when I changed over 2000’ in elevation. Most shooters, myself included, and especially in a hunting type of situation, can’t hold .25 MOA.

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Old 01-28-2014, 01:24 AM
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Re: Nightforce Velocity 1000 Reticle Review

I was considering the velocity 1000 reticle for my 300 WM Sendero until I realized by their own words that if temperature, altitude, or incine changes, not even considering using a different bullet, I have a very expensive basic crosshair. With the advancements of ballistic computers, PDA applications, and advanced rangefinders that take into account these changes from initial range conditions, a reticle that would follow the pattern style of the MOAR while adding in wider MOA windage holds as you progress down the reticle would suite any shooter under any condition that has the ability to calculate a shoot-to MOA reading for holdover and windage hold using the reticle. It would be the best of both the MOAR and the Velocity 1000 and satisfy any shooter of any cartridge under any condition.
I sent an extensive and detailed e-mail to the folks at Nightforce as well as talked to one of their reps. at length. They agreed completely with the concept but said R&D doesn't work on anything that their administrative management doesn't initiate. Bottom line if we want a different reticle in production, the consumers of their products such as the members of this and other long range shooting sites need to call in to Nightforce and offer their input and support on such a reticle. Threads such as this and customer response caused nightforce to create a finer MOAR reticle called the MOAR-T. Members please call Nightforce.
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:35 PM
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Re: Nightforce Velocity 1000 Reticle Review

I really like that reticle but it sounds like a 2nd focal plane reticle. Given my druthers I'druther have a 1st focal plane scope like my Bushnell ERS 3.5-21 X50 with its H 59 "Christmas tree" reticle.

I dunno, do 1st focal plane scopes cost more to make?
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Old 02-06-2014, 01:38 AM
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Re: Nightforce Velocity 1000 Reticle Review

1st focal plane scopes do cost more, and that would solve the issue of needing to use a specific magnification to get exact MOA increments on the reticle. That being said I would be happy with the aforementioned reticle in either 1st or 2nd focal plane. Vortex optics makes both within reasonable cost, but I don't want to experiment with other brands when Nightforce scopes have been proven. What kind of cost can you place on a missed shot on a guided big game hunt when your scope has been bumped, etc.?
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:16 PM
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Re: Nightforce Velocity 1000 Reticle Review

The Nightforce brand is not my favorite. For the cost there are American Manufactured scopes that are every bit as good if not better. A Burris Black Diamond comes to mind. I make it a practice not to buy high end equipment made in Japan or anywhere besides USA. and assembled who knows where. Nightforce used to advertise as an American made scope but, after much discussion and hatred from members of forums towords those who tried to prove they were not
American, Nightforce removed the "Made In USA" from their advertisements. I have several Nightforce scopes and I can't sell them now that people know. My Burris USA scopes are awesome and you couldn't take them from me.

There are a few good USA scopes out there now. The Nightforce is a good scope very comparable to the finer higher quality Japanese scopes. Nikon, andVortex being excellent choices in Japanese and Philippines manufacture and very comparable in quality to the Nightforce for 1/3 the price. The Vortex are very cost effective. The Nikon is also a top choice. I would take either over the Nightforce. The Nightforce is a good scope but definitely not worth the outrageous price for a Japan scope. For one third the price there are alot of fine scopes out there from Japan. Nightforce is just another good Japanese scope nothing more. The price however is nowhere near their value. I would take my Nikon or Vortex any day for 3 to 400 dollars over a 1100 dollar nothing special Japanese scope. By comparison the Burris Black Diamonds I own are obvious extreme quality. Never let me down yet on my 338 Lapua. P.O.A has never changed in 1100 rounds, dozens of years and 1000's of miles of travel. My opinion.. don't hate me I'm old buy American. If your looking for a good value go Japan. If you like being ripped of... go China.

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Old 08-25-2014, 02:57 PM
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Re: Nightforce Velocity 1000 Reticle Review

Japanese made or US made, I could care less because "You get what your pay for." (Unless it's Chinese garbage.)

My Bushnell ERS 3.5 - 21 scope is a great scope, easily the equal if not better than the top Burris scopes. I have an older Burris Black Diamond (2nd focal plane) and it's a good quality scope so I do like Burris too.

As for focal plane, these days a 1st focal plane reticle in a variable power scope is essential for many reasons. Just ask the military.

RETICLES:
BDC ->Ballistic Drop Compensated reticles are, as some in this thread acknowledge, limited by altitude/temperature and longer distance, say beyond 400 yards. To quote a Shooting Times article on reticles, "... but when when you really need a BDC reticle that is when they start lying to you."

And again from that article, "That (BDC) reticle is made for ONE ballistic coefficient, velocity and air density. If any of that changes significantly the reticle isn't worth a hill of beans." - not to mention changes in bullet shape and weight.

That's why I like a mil dot reticle for hunting and REALLY like the Horus H59 graduated reticle for competitive shooting. And that is also why I'll never waste my money on a BDC reticle.
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