What is the best Nightforce NXS reticle for your purpose?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by ScottCoulter36, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. ScottCoulter36

    ScottCoulter36 Member

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    I'm looking to buy a 5.5-22x50 NXS and am torn between a few reticles. I will be using this scope for long range hunting as well as target shooting. I'm torn between the NP-R1, NP-R2, and maybe the MLR. These scopes are all SFP so I'm wondering how useful you guys have found the dashes as they will not be consistent measurements through magnnification.

    But anyways, let me know what reticle you guys have, why you got it, and if it's been useful to you. And even if you don't have this scope but have useful insight to there reticles, please feel free to share.

    Thanks,
    Scott
     
  2. sscoyote

    sscoyote Well-Known Member

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    For my coyote hunting uses i'll be replacing the NP-R1 in my 3.5-15 for one of the velocity reticles soon. I love tree reticle designs for a more direct system of windage reference.
     

  3. eyeballjr

    eyeballjr Well-Known Member

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    +1 for the NP-R1 This is what i had a few years ago, and it is what i will get again.
     
  4. 375fan

    375fan Well-Known Member

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    Have 2 nxs. First one is a 2.5x10x32 w/np-r2 and is on a light weight 300wm that is my main hunting rifle. With scope turned to 10 power the marks are almost perfect for drop out to 500 yards with the load I use in this rifle. Since the load is pretty flat out to 275 yards don't have to worry about having scope at a lower power if a quick shot is necessary under that range. If a longer shot is called for the animal is probably unaware of me so usually have time to use rangefinder and turn scope up to use drop marks.
    Second nxs is a 3.5x15x50 and it is mounted on another 300wm (will go on the 338rum that I am having built,when it gets here) that I am using to learn to shoot at long range. Since that is target shooting at known ranges, I don't use the dash marks.
    I like the npr2 but would like to look thru an np-r1 at longer ranges to see what it is like. So far I haven't been around anyone that has one to get a look.
     
  5. lamiglas

    lamiglas Well-Known Member

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    my and all my shooting partners us the npr1 retilce. the reason we all chose it is because shawn carlock told us to! we didnt know one from the other, and that is the one that he uses.

    I really do like it though and at this point would not be interested in anything else.

    I like the fact that it has 1 and 2 minute marks in the scope (elevation and windage) we use this to determine target size, and or distance.

    i am sure they all have there uses.
     
  6. bandit10-4

    bandit10-4 Well-Known Member

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    Np-r1!
     
  7. bandit10-4

    bandit10-4 Well-Known Member

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    I have recently replaced my tactical leupold scopes with Nightforce NSX scopes. So far I have bought two of them, a 5.5-22x50 and a 3.5-15x50, both have the new high speed turrets and zero stop, and of course NP-R1 reticles. I will continue to replace all of my scopes with NF NSX's. I am extremely happy with them! Good luck and Good Shootin!
     
  8. trueblue

    trueblue Well-Known Member

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    Scott,
    I have a NXS 2.5-10 w NP-R2 on a light weight 300WM and own 2 5.5x22-50mm with the NP-R1 for longrange work.
    I like the NP-R1 over the R2 as the windage hashmarks are 2 MOA making it easier to hold wind if I have to. The NP-R2 has 5 MOA hashmarks on the horizontal line, making it slightly more difficult to hold off for wind as accurately.
    And to answer your question to me from another thread about SFP, I like to see the reticle at low power, which I find difficult to do with a FFP scope.I also don't range with my scope, I use a LRF , nor do I holdover, I dial my dope. So basically, the FFP scope has no advantages for me.Also, most of the time for longrange shooting, I am at max power setting anyway on the scope.
     
  9. ScottCoulter36

    ScottCoulter36 Member

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    Hey Guys,
    Thanks for all your input. NP-R1 it is then! That one was definitely on the top of my list, but I wanted to know from you guys that've actually utilized this reticle thought.

    Trueblue,
    Thanks for your input on my other post SFP vs. FFP. The small reticle at close ranges on the FFP is something I've heard quite alot about, and in most hunting situations, you're sooting between 300-500 yards and I wouldn't want that to be a problem. And I know that NF only offers FFP in there F1 scope anyways, which wouldn't work for me. I know this is a little off subject, but you mentioned you use MOA. That is all I've used but I hear that mRad is the way to go due to it being exact, when MOA is actually 1.05 inches at 100 yards. What's your take on this? Have you had any experience using mRad?

    Thanks again guys for your help,
    Scott
     
  10. trueblue

    trueblue Well-Known Member

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    I have know experience with mil. I looked into switching over at one point, but I can do the exact same thing with MOA. My mind thinks in inches, so MOA is easier,better, for my purposes. For example, if I shoot at my target longrange, say 800yards, and miss by 4" to the right, my mind tells me quickly that that is 1/2 MOA off to the right.
    Or I could just spot my own shot in the scope and hold off what my miss error was. Mil is used the same way.
    As far as mil being more accurate, I don't buy it.
    If I was a tactical shooter and had to range unknown distances all the time, I think mil would be easier,the math conversions are easier for mil, but since I am not, ffp and mil to not serve my purposes .
     
  11. ScottCoulter36

    ScottCoulter36 Member

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    When you put it like that, my mind thinks in inches too, and I will also be using this gun for mainly long range so MOA would be perfect. I'm new to the LR shooting so my mind doesn't work like yours yet, when knowing what to dial it to right away, but I'm sure it comes with repetition. Thanks again.

    Scott
     
  12. Jon A

    Jon A Well-Known Member

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    This has been a problem with the NF F1 as they haven't had any decent FFP reticles for it. The MLR basically disappears on low power.

    However they've finally come out with some decent reticles which should be very nice (available in 60 days or so):

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    Keep in mind, a decent FFP reticle will be easier to see and faster to use on low power than the SFP R1, R2 and MLR reticles are.

    This should be moot because unless you're "ranging" an object (which does make the math easier for MOA but few of us here ever do instead of using a LRF) there's no reason you should be thinking in inches or measuring your misses in inches. Any time you spend thinking inches is wasted effort.

    The only way you can even know you are 4" off at 800 yds is to know the size of the target and "guesstimate" it from that. Or walk out there with a ruler and measure it. Then, knowing the range, you can use the "easy math" to calculate you are 1/2 MOA off.

    It is much, much, easier to simply measure how far off you are in MOA or Mils with your reticle. Then either hold that with your reticle or dial it into your turrets.

    No inches ever required. And no guesstimation--only a direct measurement of anglular unit (either one works just fine). You don't need to know the size of the target, or the distance to the target.
     
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  13. CentreHit

    CentreHit Well-Known Member

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    My mind thinks in metric and hence the MILS seems more suitable to me.

    Hence I purchased the NXS with the MLR reticle and find it works great with a laser range finder.

    cheers.