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How helpful are ballistic reticles in hunting situations on shots from 200-500 yards?   I don't, and won't, shoot past 500 yards ever.  Without the reticle, probably wouldn't take a shot beyond 400 or 450.  This scope and reticle would be on mule deer and elk.  Without the reticle, my plan was to zero the rifle at 250 yards.  It's a 7mm Rem Mag if that matters... 
 
This is one of numberous quesitons I've asked here lately, so I appreciate all the help I've received so far!
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Ballistic reticles are very helpful, so long as your verify the reticle's markings with YOUR gun, shooting YOUR ammo, and firing at distances similar to what will be hunted.  "Assuming", based on a generalized bullet drop for your caliber, that your 100 yard zero will miraculously translate to your 500-yard hash mark is a recipe for disaster.

If you hunt 200-500, take the rifle out and make sure you know where the rounds fall at each range.

They are useful, but only once verified.
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agreed 100%

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I'm not a big fan of these ranging reticles, yes in theory they do work, but I believe alot of the these reticles are used in the Spray and Pray method.  If your willing to put in the time and energy they can be useful, but I'm afraid alot of us are not willing to do our part.

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Well said.
Having a load Chronoed, and then with the use of ballistic software (Exbal is what I use the most).
For hunting only out to 500 yards if you do the above, and have it sighted in properly, then it will be very, very close.
Regardless of that you need to go out and actually confirm that your bullet impact is what it says it should be form the software out to your personal maximum distance.

The other thing to remember is that almost all of these type of reticle are in second focal plane scopes, which means you need to have the magnification at a specific power for the subtension between your lines or dots to be correct.
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I run a Kahles CL 3-10x50 with the multizero on my 308
I ran the #s with my load after chronoing and then verified the 1, 2, 3, 4 and 500 yard zeros with the 5 position turret system.

out to 300 yards, I am fine with a 200 yard zero on most guns as even if your are 50 yards off between 2 and 300 it's usually not a big deal on a deer hitting the vitals.

Past 300, the drop gets progressively more severe...

Those are when I would definitely want to have absolutely confirmed groups on paper and not just hitting a steel plate and verifying the target with a good range finder.

I like to range landmarks if I get into a new blind or area to have a mental map of the area as there's not always time to range and get on the animal as it's moving through the area.

With a 7mag and if you are running a good high BC bullet that groups exceptionally well you can probably get away with a little more than I can with a 308 due to the flatter 4-500 yard trajectory
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