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Old 09-20-2018, 06:57 AM   #1
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I have been looking for a new scope for a few months and have noticed two things. Scopes have gotten very expensive, and a regular hunting reticle seems almost impossible to find. What I don't understand is if most of your higher end scopes have a target/long range type turrets than why do you need a reticle to allow for hold over. Seems like that the turrets should take care of hold over and the more the reticle has on it the more it will cloud the view of the target? I have been looking for a good mid range ($700-$1,000) with a regular hunting reticle and its been impossible to find. Any suggestions on what brand and where to look. I have several Zeiss scopes but I don't think they even make a hunting reticle anymore.
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Old 09-20-2018, 06:59 AM   #2
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I think Nikon has a good product at reasonable prices. I think the bdc reticle concept is great.
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:11 AM   #3
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Look at the Zeiss Conquest V4 if you like Zeiss. They come in regular reticles. And in your price range.
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:18 AM   #4
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Leupold has the VX-5HD with standard duplex reticle. About $700 if you don’t get the CDS.
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:32 AM   #5
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:34 AM   #6
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Dialing vs. holdover- it is situational dependent. If i'm at the range and shooting at known distance targets with no time constraint, then I will dial. Hunting, I will range the animal with a rangefinder (or know distances via pre-ranged landmarks), and either dial if it isn't a hurried shot, or simply holdover with the reticle when I don't have time to dial.

Come hunting season, I have a piece of thin tape around my elevation turret with the yardage marked off, rather than the mil marks on the turret. Saves a step in consulting the chart.

I almost always hold for the wind.
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:53 AM   #7
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leupold has plenty of options in your price range with the standard duplex reticle.
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:56 AM   #8
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I bought a brand new Zeiss Conquest HD5 3-15X50 from Carter’s Country yesterday. It has the standard duplex reticle. It was just a hair north of $700.
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Old 09-20-2018, 08:17 AM   #9
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I have been debating pulling the trigger on a Tract Optics. From reading and videos scopes seem on par if not better with higher end scopes. Toric 3-15x50 is what I have had my eye on.
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Old 09-20-2018, 08:20 AM   #10
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Old 09-20-2018, 08:21 AM   #11
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Look at the vortex scopes
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Old 09-20-2018, 09:02 AM   #12
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Alpha tier Scopes have always been high

The tree reticle s are geared to comp shooters. They have no dial stages, you can more accurately more quickly measure misses if you can see your impact.

If you want a plain Jane duplex crosshair look at Leopolds. For comps/long range they are behind the times but for simple duplex stuff they should have what you want

Swarro is another one with typically more simple reticles but that price range might not get you what you want.

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Old 09-20-2018, 10:35 AM   #13
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^^^^This. I purchased one from Sportoptics.com and got a great deal. Plane Jane plex reticle and superb glass. Mounted it on my Barrett Fieldcraft 6.5 Swede and couldn't be happier.
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Old 09-20-2018, 04:44 PM   #14
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I bought a brand new Zeiss Conquest HD5 3-15X50 from Carterís Country yesterday. It has the standard duplex reticle. It was just a hair north of $700.
I have one of these on a .270 that I use when I am not ready to lug around a heavy barreled rifle at the lease. I like it, light and compact with the 1" tube and holds zero well. I feel like the parallax adjustment is kind of cheap feeling but it works and the scope was just under 700.
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Old 09-20-2018, 04:48 PM   #15
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This is the one I have with a regular second plane duplex reticle.

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Old 09-20-2018, 08:52 PM   #16
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I know exactly what the OP is referring to..........recently went with a Leupold VX5HD with the WindPlex reticle. Plain duplex with windage hash marks. Very similar to the Huskemaw reticle. As uncluttered as possible, but still allows for a measured wind hold. I also have a Vortex HSLR with a BDC reticle, and don't think it clutters things up as much as "tactical" or "Christmas Tree" reticles. While those are very effective for distance shooting, I just prefer a simpler reticle to go with my simple brain...

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Old 09-20-2018, 09:09 PM   #17
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I use my reticle for a few things and it very rarely is holdover. It 2 primary uses are as a ranging option for unknown distance targets and an easier way to judge follow up shots by measuring how far you missed when spotting for yourself.
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Old 09-21-2018, 10:39 AM   #18
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If you are using the turrets to dial up, just be sure the scope you are planning on buying is known to be repeatable. It sucks to dial up and back down and the scope not be back at zero.
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Old 09-21-2018, 12:01 PM   #19
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I was thinking about this post last night. You may want to look through some larger tube diameters than the standard hunting 1". I know the z-plex on the second focal place actually takes up more real estate then some of my higher end 34mm F1 scopes with ranging reticles. The bigger tubes will typically be heavier, but there are some good options in your price range.
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Old 09-21-2018, 01:44 PM   #20
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Look at the vortex scopes
Iím a 100% vortex supporter. All options. But in the bigger, higher$ scopes, you may be right. They may not have a duplex option. These reticles are getting more popular along with precision or LR shooting, and because they are quicker to shoot variable distances than by turning turrets. Especially if they are capped.
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Old 09-21-2018, 09:18 PM   #21
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Old 09-23-2018, 07:38 PM   #22
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The tree reticle s are geared to comp shooters. They have no dial stages, you can more accurately more quickly measure misses if you can see your impact.



I have one on a mossburg mpv223,,, to me it is head and heals above anything else for prairie dog shooting,,,, I was able to routinely hammer prairie dogs well beyond what I was sighted for,,, and not once did I ever have to jack with the scope... so when the rifle got put up until the next shoot,, the scope is still exactly 3" high at 100 yards... i never have to adjust the scope,, and we shot as far as 700 yards,,
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