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I am  in considering the purchase of a Bushnell scope with the Mil Dot Reticle, does any one have any experience with this reticle?   Loco    I would appreciate any comments, good or bad.

Thanks for your help.
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What are you going to use the scope for is what we first need to know, then we can help you decide if you need it or not.
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I am going to mount it on a Ruger 204, and use it primarily to shoot P dogs and for coyote calling. Most of the time it will be for shooting coyotes.
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If i'm not mistaken don't they also have a tree-type ballistic reticle that's set up in 2 MOA stadia lines that provide for windage reference also?
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 I love mil-dots ..... just my opinion ..... it's what I use now .
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 I just put a bushnell w/ mil-dot on my 204. Great for paper with the fine crosshair. I think you will be fine for varmints also. I just got my.204. It's a Howa 1500 . Shoots real good so far. I've been waiting for a calm day to see how she shoots at 300 yds. Here in Mississippi the wind might quit around mid May- early June.  When it calms I will see how good this set-up works. Anyway I think you will like the mil-dot.
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I also really like the mil-dots and for long range varminting I think they should work great.  Give you some great reference points for hold over.  Though I don't think they will work to well for ranging and p-dogs.  
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Thank you for the information, Im a little worried about the dots covering up P dogs at three hundred yards or more, I plan to use a laser range finder for distancing.
 
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My rifle is also a Howa 1500, Im going to pick it up tomorrow, Im glad to hear you got a shooter, i hope mine will be one as well.
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VC, if u get 1 of the Bushys for PD's, make sure it's a higher-powered model. That way the mil-dot will cover a smaller area on the target (most of the mil-dots r calibrated for 14X i think). They're second focal plane reticles, and as u increase power the dot to dot and dots themselves subtensions (measurements) get smaller. This will help for more precise shooting at longer ranges.
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Thanks for the tip, I had thought the size of the dots would remain constant throughout the power range.
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Pdogs are just too damn small to range with a mildot, and they vary in height too much as a % of their overall adult height.  On top of that, half the time, they're crouched in the grass or partially hiding behind/in mounds. 
 
I do use mildot reticles for pdogs, though, but I use it for holdover and wind compensation.  But, you have to select the right mildot.  Some mildot reticles have dots that are so large that they cover up a pdog at longer range.  The mildots I use and like very much are Nightforce's version with the "open" dots & really thin lines and IOR's MP8, which is a mil-based reticles in 1/2 mil increments that uses stadia lines instead of dots. 
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If mil-dots covering your target is going to be a problem, you could look at the Sightron sII in a 4.5-14 or something with the Hunter Holdover reticle. I don't know what your budget is, but the SII seems to get pretty good reviews. In my opinion, there are better things than mil-dots for long distance PD's, but thats just me.
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