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Favorite reticle(s)

We read a lot about shooters' favorite scopes, but I think that the scope's reticle can have a big impact on our overall satisfaction and success as well. I happen to have pretty much a little of everything reticle-wise within the scopes I own. That would be all but a "BDC" type anyway. I know lots use them and apparently like them, but personally I find little use for one in the hunting I do. My favorite reticle types are actually the extra bold ones commonly known as Heavy Duplex, German #4 and similar. I've found in my personal low light tests that the reticle can make as much a difference on whether a shot is possible as does the absolute brightness of the scope at lowest light.

Most of us are simply concerned with the 1/2hr before SR to the 1/2hr after SS time table pretty much and a quality scope will give you at least decent peformance within those parameters. But I have found when peering through a scope at the very fringes of legal light, the reticle needs to be bold enough to be seen against a dark background(read that deer in dark woods). I do my testing at home and looking across my back yard at a few things. One is a fence owned by a neighbor and that regular pattern allows me to see pretty quickly which scopes are still picking up detail.

I can look farther away, across the farmer's field behind my house to compare distance detail and another facet I've added is trying, at last light, to aim at a dark-barked tree and seeing how well my reticle shows up there. This was something of a surprise as even some pricey scopes, good Leupolds etc., were not giving me a really good contrast between that black reticle and that dark tree. Sure, I could see the tree just fine, but where the heck were those crosshairs resting?

So, I've settled on bolder than normal reticles for a lot of my favorite rifles and feel very confident that I'm prepared for any legal shot opportunity that might arise. One last comment; I have not found these more bold reticles to be any detriment to sight-in or precise enough shooting at the range either. I've read of some who claim that they hide too much of their targets and they have a problem getting good groups. A steady consistent hold is what gives us good groups and, of course, dead deer!Yes

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My all time favorite was the

My all time favorite was the Redfield 4plex. Same as the duplex but one more step. All my scopes now are usually duplex. Have a 4 1/2-14 Nikon BDC that is waithing for a new owwner in the top of my closet. Hate that reticule!

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Old Redfields

Don Fischer wrote:

My all time favorite was the Redfield 4plex. Same as the duplex but one more step. All my scopes now are usually duplex. Have a 4 1/2-14 Nikon BDC that is waithing for a new owwner in the top of my closet. Hate that reticule!

 

I happen to have two of those old Redfield scopes and didn't realize what the term for that reticle was/is. One sits on a nice GRII BAR (3-9) and the other on a MKII Mannlicher, also a 3-9. Those double steps are pretty cool! Yes

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I have a Paul Jaeger built 03

I have a Paul Jaeger built 03 Springfield that has an that old Denver 2 3/4x widefield and had the 4 plex. Broke it some years ago and Redfield had gone to florida by then. Sent them the scope and they put a duplex back in it. Called them and the guy told me that that was the 4 plex. Miss my 4 plex but this is probably the finest hunting scope I have ever had. I got it new about 1971, pushing 40 yrs real hard!

 

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I really like my Ballistic

I really like my Ballistic Plex crosshairs that I have on my Burris scopes.  The yards lines are set to really take some guess work out of shooting game at farter distances.

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