First vs second focal plane for Hunting

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Turkyman, Sep 15, 2019.

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  1. teesquare

    teesquare Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2012 it a lot. Not for being great is "good", but not top shelf glass. But - the electronics package that is part of the scope/rangefinder combo is incredible. And - accurate as well.
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  2. Andrew Massi

    Andrew Massi Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

    Jun 4, 2018
    2nd focal plane for me mostly
    Seems the better I get at shooting long range the closer I end up harvesting game
    7 of my last 10 bucks were shot under 200 yards and 5-6 power. No dialing or holdover required but ffp crosshairs at that range are hard to see, impossible to see in low light without illumination. I had a flock of ffp scopes but most hunting rigs wear SFP now as I find them more useful for western hunting.
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  3. Goring2358

    Goring2358 Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2019
    I have used both and for hunting I like second focal better. With your scope set to low power on a ffp the recital can be hard to see when it is low light conditions.
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  4. aushunter1

    aushunter1 Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2012
    Exactly, in probably 80% of the time you will only have moments to take a shot not.minutes.
    It all dependant on location of course, while a lot fo areas you guys seem to shoot are wide open fields a lot of our game hunting is in dense forest or bushland so an opertunity might onle be seconds.
    Not enough time to get out a range finder, use a balistics app & adjust turrets!

    At some point you have to know your reticle!
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  5. Shootin4fun

    Shootin4fun Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2010
    Illuminated reticle is fairly common on FPS scopes. My Tango 6 6-30 and Vortex 5-25 both have it. It made sense to me to include that Option when I bought them for low light visibility.
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