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#7041691 - 01/17/18 09:52 AM Favorite Reticle for Hunting
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Interested to hear about which reticle style you prefer for hunting and why. I've looked thru scopes in store and leaning toward duplex again or the German #4 but open to other suggestions based on real-world hunting experience. BDC interesting but don't do any long range shooting so don't think that's needed. Let me know what you think.

#7041712 - 01/17/18 10:06 AM Re: Favorite Reticle for Hunting [Re: Buccaneer]
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Loc: Watauga, TX
Fine duplex. If you are a sight in 1.5” high at 100 kind of hunter, you’ll ever need anything besides a duplex reticle to shoot animals at 300 or less. My main hunting scope is a fine duplex, and I had to find it. A lot of scope companies are going to busy reticles even in hunting rifles.
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#7041723 - 01/17/18 10:13 AM Re: Favorite Reticle for Hunting [Re: Buccaneer]
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IMO, reticle style depends a lot of magnification of the scope. A fine duplex is great for general use. But if you run a heavy duplex reticle on a high power scope, the reticle covers up a lot of area. Any reticle you like for general use will work fine. I always like some kind of reticle with mils or moa (yes, moa!), so I can use the reticle as a ruler and measure out bullet impacts when at the range for wind or elevation holds. But that's just me. A standard duplex will work fine for basic hunting.

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#7041758 - 01/17/18 10:37 AM Re: Favorite Reticle for Hunting [Re: Buccaneer]
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Sold off all the preset BDC scopes, and never got into the Mils as I don't shoot enough at longer than 300 yards to need the obvious advantage they offer. Moved back to a standard thickness DuPlex with the last batch of scopes acquired in the last 3 years.

The Horrors of it All for the LR Crowd is that I still hunt using a MPBR setup, usually zeroed at 200 yards +/- a scootch depending on caliber, bullet weight and MV's, according to what the 'puter tells me on the program I use.

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When/If I start losing critters from miss's or poor hits with no recovery's, I'll think about Mils, but not yet. FWIW I'd still just as soon as use a telephone with a springy hard line wall cord to get better reception and assured of being able to make sure the call got through without worrying about if I am within reach of a cell phone tower.

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#7041764 - 01/17/18 10:42 AM Re: Favorite Reticle for Hunting [Re: Buccaneer]
trigger time Offline

Registered: 08/05/09
Posts: 184
I used to have a night force nxs in 15x that had a np-2dd reticle that I used for hunting. Loved that thing and never should have gotten rid of it.

#7041819 - 01/17/18 11:23 AM Re: Favorite Reticle for Hunting [Re: Buccaneer]
rjd Offline

Registered: 11/22/06
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Loc: Mabank, TEXAS
I really like the German #4 on the Zeiss Conquest. Stands out bold and can easily be used after "dark thirty" to find center of reticle. The center part is fine enough for accurate sight in and aiming. I have a Minox with a #4, and it is nothing more than a duplex with the top thick post missing. It offers no advantage to the duplex IMO.

#7041902 - 01/17/18 12:17 PM Re: Favorite Reticle for Hunting [Re: Buccaneer]
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SS Mil-Quad is my favorite for hunting.

Just the basics, .5 Mil hash, and a 1.0 Mil diamond. It's fast to aquire.

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#7042776 - 01/18/18 01:09 AM Re: Favorite Reticle for Hunting [Re: Buccaneer]
TxHunter80 Offline

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Meopta's #4

#7042957 - 01/18/18 08:30 AM Re: Favorite Reticle for Hunting [Re: Buccaneer]
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Loc: Frisco, Texas
Swarovski 4W, clean 4plex with uncluttered wind holds
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#7043086 - 01/18/18 09:51 AM Re: Favorite Reticle for Hunting [Re: Buccaneer]
cmorsch Offline
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Registered: 08/16/11
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Loc: Midlothian, TX
Depends on the rifle and its intended application. A Mil based reticle for the 308 and 260, MOA based for the 22 Nosler and Nightforce MOAR-T for the 300 RUM.

#7043301 - 01/18/18 12:30 PM Re: Favorite Reticle for Hunting [Re: Buccaneer]
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I prefer Leupold's B&C Reticle. My personal limit for big game is 400 yards with good conditions. The B&C reticle gives me some quick reference points for holds at different distances within my range at max scope power (12x is my highest.) I sight in at 200 yards, then verify and practice out to 400. I have a little cheat sheet on the inside of my ocular scope caps of each rifle.

#7043330 - 01/18/18 12:54 PM Re: Favorite Reticle for Hunting [Re: Buccaneer]
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Duplex or #4

Moar T is nice as is illum fine duplex

#7045542 - 01/19/18 08:46 PM Re: Favorite Reticle for Hunting [Re: Buccaneer]
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Registered: 01/20/11
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Loc: Justin, TX
German #4
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#7049503 - 01/23/18 06:39 AM Re: Favorite Reticle for Hunting [Re: Buccaneer]
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I have a Bushnell Elite 3500 4-16x40 DOA on my 300 Sendero and have shot two muledeer using the 400 yd stadia line so it's accurate. I just bought a 300 xbolt and put a Nikon Prostaff 4.5-18x40 BDC on it. I haven't shot it yet but I'm impressed with the clarity of the glass. Hoping it will perform like my Bushnell.

#7050851 - 01/24/18 06:37 AM Re: Favorite Reticle for Hunting [Re: Buccaneer]
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Duplex is good for general hunting. For timber, a #4 works really well. I've used a Mil-Quad last year and like it. I think it provides versatility. You can use the mil markings, ignore them and on low power in timber the Mil-Quad looks like an upside down #4.

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