A few days ago I pulled that 4 1/2-14x scope off my 6.5x06 and replaced it with an old 3-9x I had laying around. It's a very good scope but that BDC reticle is just way to distracting for me. I shoot a lot better with the 3-9x. I bought that Nikon because it was all I could get nearn here, if 35mi is near! I also got a good price on it as it was one they had forgot to mark up and had an old price on it. I have shot some very good group's with it but I really have to concentrate and try to avoid those little circles. The biggest reason I got it was for the target turret's, those I wanted and still want them. Now I an shooting it better again and it really does balance a lot better without that big scope on it.
Here's the question. Why in the world would any manufacturer put a reticle like that in a scope with turret's? It would seem to me that someone wanting turrets is going to use them and then there is no reason, no matter how poorly concived, for that reticule. You shoot at something at 400yds, you range it and move the crosswire's for a dead on hold. You range something at 461 yds and there is no little circle to tell you where to hold. You range something beyond 500 and again no circle to tell you where to hols.