New Reticles for the SWFA 3-9X42 SS and 10X42HD

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Jon A, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. Jon A

    Jon A Well-Known Member

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    Having been around for a while now, these scopes are pretty well proven. About the only common "complaint" one hears about them is due to the plain-jane mildot reticles. SWFA has stepped up to the plate and given the scopes that one last improvement.

    The 3-9:

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    As you guys have now all seen the Mil-Quad in the 5-20X50HD, the family resemblance should be obvious. The notable differences are the quads, or diamonds, are solid on this scope and the posts are twice as thick.

    As a FFP scope that goes all the way down to 3X without illumination, the reticle needs some boldness to aid with speed down there and this reticle has it. I know a lot of people use these 3-9's for hunting and this reticle will be a big improvement for the thick woods on 3X. The best non-illuminated FFP Tactical reticle on 3X I had ever used in such situations up until this point was the IOR 3-18, but this reticle has is even better.

    Then when you crank it to 9X you have the 1/2 Mil marks which make precise holds much more easy as well as the 0.2 Mil marks for ranging.

    The end result is a reticle that's faster to use and easier to see on 3X, but also offers more precision on 9X.

    Here are a couple pics comparing the standard mildot to the new reticle; these should be pretty self explanitory:

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  2. Jon A

    Jon A Well-Known Member

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    Since the 10X42HD never is cranked down to 3X, it had no need for the added thickness and boldness. The 10X42HD got a reticle identical to the 5-20X50HD. After writing this entire post I now realize I don't have any pics of it uploaded. I did take a few though not very many as it looks identical to the 5-20 turned to 10X. I'll try and find a few shortly but for now here are pics of the 5-20 on 10X, as I remember it it's nearly impossible to tell which pics came from which scope which is probably why I never bothered to upload them.

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    More to come....

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  3. yote doctor

    yote doctor Well-Known Member

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    Great photos. Just about to get another 3-9 and hopefully the 5-20. Gonna be quite the reticle to use!