I have a 4.5-14X VX-III LR with the Varmint Hunter reticle, and love it, but i do not expect it to add up to even hundred yd. intervals as most ballistic reticles r supposed to to some degree of accuracy. It's on a Savage Striker 243 WSSM, and with the 115 Berger @ only 2525 mv, the reticle isn't even close, especially windage. But as the subtensions of each stadia line is advertised in the catalog, it's easy to match them up to a ballistics program for your load, check at the range, troubleshoot if necessary, make a range sticker to put in a Butler Creek scope cap cover, and go hunting. If you're shooting 1 of the std. loads that r supposed to match even hundred yd. intervlas as the reticles r supposed to do...sort of, then it's not a problem to "tweak" the magnification of the 2nd focal plane scopes to make them work better if needed at longer ranges.
I used to have a Burris compact 4-12X on a 17 MIV XP-100 handgun that was my go to furgetter during coyote season. The optic had a plex reticle in it that subtended 2.85 inch per hundred yds. @ 12X. It was the best ballistic reticle i ever had. With my load sighted in at 225 (i think it was--been awhile now), the lower plex post tip was zeroed @ 340 yds., and the 300 yd. mark was 0.6 of that "unit of subtension." 1 time i killed a coyote at a lasered 300 yds. in a 10 mph x-wind. Here's the entry in my doe sticker that goes into a Butler Creek scope cap cover--
...range, elevation and windage. In other words i had to aim 6 tenths down to the lower post, and 1.3 subtension units windage. I can tell u now it was a little disconcerting to aim that far off the x-hair for wind, but i killed the dog out right. I'ver often said that the best, most practical ballistic and rangefinding reticle of all for hunting is the simple plex.