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Which do you think is better for low light and long range deer hunting [out to 400-500 yards] .  reticle in first or second plane? still trying to decide between 3-12x56 meopta  with reticle in first plane or swarovski 4-12x50 av with reticle in second plane . i have only used scopes with reticle in second plane but i have a friend who swears by his ziess with reticle in first plane. any opinions?

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Some people swear by FFP recticles, others swear at them.  Personally, I prefer SFP.  When shooting out at such distances as you indicate, you'd probably be at 8x-10x power.  I don't like FFP recticles at this power given how much of the object is covered up, but this wouldn't be a big concern on deer. 

 

I just like as little covered up as possible because I feel I can focus better on my target, not the recticle. 

 

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thats what i was thinking , thats why im leaning towards the swarovski american even though i realy like meopta . thanks

 

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Both have advantages and disadvantages.  For big game hunting, I like FFP better, as I can dial up the power and increase the boldness of the reticle for better visibility in low light.  However, I have both on my big game rifles and have never had a problem with either.  For small varmints and target shooting, I prefer SFP in order to keep the reticle lines as thin as possible at all times.  In all truthfulness, a FFP reticle does not at all diminish your ability to make a precision shot on a deer sized animal.

 

Theoretically, the FFP reticle maintains point of impact better because it isn't mounted in the ocular end of the scope and therefore cannot be influenced by magnification change.  Some SFP scopes can and do change POI some when you change power, but a high end scope like the Swaro is less likely to have this happen. 

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Opinions differ.  If the reticle is strictly for aiming, SFP may be a better way to go.  If you intend to use the reticle for holdover and range estimation, FFP is probably worth a close look.

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