FFP ro SFP Vortex PST

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by emmagator, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. emmagator

    emmagator Well-Known Member

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    Ive read over tons of threads on this issue, all the pros and cons. I still for the life of me cannot make up my mind as to which i want. This will be a scope for hunting, i will also have yardage turrets. I have always had SFP scopes and am leaning that direction. But i dont want to spend 900$ and make the wrong choice. Im at a loss!!!
     
  2. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Their is no wrong choice just got to make one you know the pros and cons one must be better than the other?
     

  3. julietvictor

    julietvictor Active Member

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    I have run into the same problem. SFP or FFP. Another one with the PST was Mil or MOA. I think I will stick with the MOA myself- all my other scopes are MOA but I think I may go with the FFP. Mine will be for more of a tactical/ field/ paperpuncher. It is a long range 300 WM on a Ken Farrel 35 MOA base. For serious work I suppose- looks cool as hell anyways. Probably doesn't help with the decision making but I am another one with the same issue.
     
  4. Ernie

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    For the way I do distance it is FFP and MOA Reticle
     
  5. emmagator

    emmagator Well-Known Member

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    Well i think im just going to do it and go for the FFP. As far as long range hunting is MIL or MOA a better choice?
     
  6. julietvictor

    julietvictor Active Member

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    I read a post somewhere, and for the life of me can't find it, but basically what it said was for tactical/ field use, competition, or where speed is necessary mil works great. For precision work go with moa. I think the farther out you get it is harder to dial in for precision work with mil, but I am no expert on the subject... So for hunting- I have no idea- I can't recommend anything myself.
     
  7. Good

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    I may be simple, but I don't understand the use for a 2nd focal plane scope or even why it exists. On max power, you may be able to use the reticle for estimating distances and what not, but everything changes when you change power and it can get confusing. In a FFP, the distance to your first mil dot is the same whether it's on 20x or 5x... All the guesswork is eliminated, the graph for magnification and holdovers for different wind speeds on different powers is eliminated. If all you do is have a crosshair or simple target dot and you don't hold for wind, then save a couple bucks and get a SFP, but otherwise, in the real world it seems like a FFP is just much better for the application.:rolleyes: I'd get FFP.
     
  8. Ernie

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    For hunting, I prefer MOA.
    But you can do it in MILs too. Your call-It is a preference thing
     
  9. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

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    If the country you hunt is such that normally you have time to dial the scope if the target is beyond your PBR then a SFP scope with a duplex cross hair is all you need.

    On the other hand if you want to use the scope for ranging, hold over's and hold off for wind adjustment then the FFP with the appropriate rectile would be a better choice as it will work on any power setting. Also with the PST you can get the MOA or MIL reticle in the SFP but would have to be on the designated power for the reticle to be accurate for hold over's ect.

    Personally I prefer FFP with a MOA rectile and MOA turret's.
     
  10. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

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    i've never been a fan of FFP scopes, and i'm still not to big on them. ever since we were shooting at crows with a couple guns and we couldn't use the one with a FFP scope because the reticle covered up the crow and you couldn't see it. now this was a few years ago and the reticles have come a long ways. now you can line up on something pretty small at long range and the crosshair on lower powers isn't a big deal because you can illuminate them. my question is do you only hunt where illuminated reticles are legal? it seems more and more states are outlawing illuminated reticles. almost like a new fad. to be honest i still prefer a SFP reticle for a gun that will be used in heavy and open cover where the potential of a long shot is there.
     
  11. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    Here we go again :) FFP or SFP, pick what you like. Here's the way I see it....

    FFP = much mo $$$ = big bucks - (big factor here)

    In spot and stalk hunting situations, my scope is always set on low power. My loads are at least 3400 fps with my scope zeroed @ 300 yds. I can easily holdover to 400-500 yds (500 yd drop, 18", 3.4 MOA) Farther than 400-500 yds I crank full power which is the same as FFP. So why was an FFP ever invented? (I am confident someone will tell us :)) I just don't have any use for them.
     
  12. Jon A

    Jon A Well-Known Member

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    Mark, you are absolutely hopeless. :D
    Then you should have plenty of info to make the best choice for you.
    OK then, fine. I'll just tell you! Get FFP. Hear me now, believe me later. There, problem solved. Next question?
    Mainly a matter of preference. The real functional differences between them is for most scopes you have .1 mil clicks (roughly 1/3 MOA) instead of 1/4 MOA. For most scopes this means you'll have more total travel per turn of the knob, so fewer turns at long range and a bit easier to keep track of. But they're a little more coarse.

    The rest is just personal preference. I wrote up a thing a while back I could find if you like on how Mils make the numbers much simpler, etc.
     
  13. emmagator

    emmagator Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys i just went for the FFP with MOA. I think it will be awesome. Now i just have to decide on some rings to go with my 20moa egw base:).
     
  14. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    You've led another poor lad astray :)