I have a VX-II 3-9x40 with German #4. It is more like the first reticle you posted with the very bold
heavy crosshair posts... although not exactly. The subtension between the heavy crosshair posts is
closer than you illustrated, but is still wide at 25" at 9x at 100 yards. In addition, the "fine"
crosshairs are heavier than illustrated, and certainly heavier than the standard duplex fine
Here's the best I could do for a reticle shot:
I think the Leupold German #4 is too much of a good thing for general hunting. The fine crosshairs
are too heavy for precision past 200 yards: at 300 the center covers up over 5" of the target. The
thin section opening is too wide as well: if you set the power ring at 6x (for maximum light
transmission), the heavy posts are bracketing about 45 inches at 100 yards (20+ inches at 50
yards) - - far too wide to use as an aiming reference in low light on most animals. For hunting very
large game under 50 yards it could be useful, but I think the Swarovski or Kahles 4A reticle is better
as an all-around choice.
Edited by KuduKing