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Adjustable rifle turrets vs BDC reticles - posted 5 days ago

Nice article. The Vortex MOA shown in your story is a great example of a reasonably usable FFP lighted reticle at very lower power. Some FFP reticles are almost completely unusable at lower power. Some of the Christmas tree styles are pretty hard to define below 10 power on a 5-25x56, it doesn't matter if it is a Schmidt Bender that cost $4500 or a $1000 Burris.

First focal plane vs. second focal plane riflescopes for hunting - posted 6 days ago

@ Dave, great article.

Like you said, a lot of knowing your DOPE is building your DOPE. But once you get past that, you need to know what your actual data is. I have heard every argument for FFP under the sun over SFP. I personally think the most important aspect is to work with the optic you own (or are going to buy) and understand that dialing 10 MOA up at 10x may not be the same as holding 10 MOA up.

Practice in the field to the ranges you are going to shoot too while hunting. If you haven't taken that shot on a target, then you have zero business doing it on a game animal.

Thanks! 20 years in the military was fantastic. When you meet a Vietnam to WW2 era veteran tell them the same thing. Those guys are my heroes.

First focal plane vs. second focal plane riflescopes for hunting - posted 1 week ago

I grew up with Second Focal Plane like damn near everyone else does. I am 43, and have been shooting through a scope since I was 8. I did 20 years in the military, was an armorer for 17 of those years. I have been shooting F-Class and PSR since 2011.

As a hunter, I 100% prefer 2nd focal plane. As a target shooter for F-Class I 100% prefer 2nd focal plane. As a PSR shooter it doesn't really matter. FFP might give you an upper hand on a quick changing range timed station where you have to range without using dials, because the reticle will be consistent. Beyond that?

I would not buy a 2nd focal plane scope that had a Christmas Tree style BDC reticle even if it was done in MIL or MOA. As you stated a BDC only works 100% the same at one power setting. I would never buy any scope with a BDC that was built for a specific load. I am not a rocket scientist, and I don't need added drama in my life. I have both 2nd and 1st Focal plane rifle scopes, but beyond something like a MIL-DOT system, BDC reticles in SFP scopes make life hard and increase drama.

My most expensive SFP is a 30mm Meopta 6-24x56 (ZD? or something like that). It is the clearest scope I own at any price point, and the dials are perfect. It has a little dot on one of the power settings (I think it is at 12x, but it has been a long day), to indicate that that is the place you need to be to use the mil dots. 12 is a good place for it to be, at 25 it would be worthless less than 300 yards on a deer sized animal as you would be zooming to the tick on their butt.

November INSIDER Giveaway: 3 Browning X-Bolt Pro Long Range Rifles - posted 1 week ago

Since I am still deployed overseas I'd have you ship it to Dad in whatever caliber he wants. I'd personally pick the 28 Nosler, 7mm Rem or 300 Win. It depends on how they set up the 7mm Rem for rate of twist. Dad would probably like a 6.5 Creedmoor.

November INSIDER Giveaway: 3 Browning X-Bolt Pro Long Range Rifles - posted 1 week ago

Since I am still deployed overseas I'd have you ship it to Dad in whatever caliber he wants. I'd personally pick the 28 Nosler, 7mm Rem or 300 Win. It depends on how they set up the 7mm Rem for rate of twist. Dad would probably like a 6.5 Creedmoor.