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Somebody help me, I never really thought to much about reticles until I joined this forum. For me it was always some sort of "plex" style because that seemed to be the style that came with the scopes that I bought, and i kinda liked it. The concensus now seems to be that that the German #4 is the preferred reticle. why is this reticle favored over the plex so much? Why do so many say that it is better for "low light conditions?" from what I can tell it is simply a plex without the heavy top post. Is there more to it? Knowledge, I crave knowledge, somebody give it to me, please!!! Thanks!
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Im not positive because I have never owned a #4 reticle, but I believe that while the top post is left thin all the way to the top the remaining bottom three outer crosshairs are made a little heavier than they are in a normal plex version. Heavier reticle lines stand out better in low light and in wooded areas.
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Originally posted by DAVE44 DAVE44 wrote:

Im not positive because I have never owned a #4 reticle, but I believe that while the top post is left thin all the way to the top the remaining bottom three outer crosshairs are made a little heavier than they are in a normal plex version. Heavier reticle lines stand out better in low light and in wooded areas.

 

Exactly. 

Plus, if the #4 reticle is in a FFP scope, the heavier outer posts get even heavier when you turn up magnification, yet at the same time, with the thin top post, there's comparatively less of the target obscured

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Not really sure who consensed #4 was preferred. Nice reticle especially when combined with Leo's varmit reticle, but some of the upside down #4's work even better such as the IOR and USO's . #4 was around before dots and some of the small dots such as Rifledudes new S$B beat the heck of the #4. If your concern is low light, do a search there has been plentyof activity on this topic lately.

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Originally posted by Dale Clifford Dale Clifford wrote:

...Rifledudes new S$B beat the heck of the #4.

 

Yeah "S$B" is an apt way to describe it.  I wish it didn't cost an arm & a leg, but D*MN, I had it out in the woods this past weekend during almost complete darkness, and words simply don't describe how kicka$$ that scope is in ALL light conditions!

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The simple answer is that you do not have the top part of the "plex" blocking your view.

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One of the reasons for the #4 is that in Germany, it is legal to hunt with standard optics at night. But not infrared. At night, the #4 can be seen easier, plus in total darkness, when the "cross" disappears, you can still bracket the game between the 3 posts. This info is from  Seeadler-Optik in Nuremberg.

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