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Dear All,
 
I need some help deciding between the SWFA 1-6x scope and the Nikon P300 2-7x scope for my Houston Armory IC 300 BLK  integrally suppressed SBR.  For those not familiar with the HA IC, it's basically an SBR chambered in the 300 AAC BLK  with an  8 in. SS barrel with an integral suppresor.   This rifle is meant to be a hog hunter through and through.
 
I particapted in the group buy and recently took delivery of the SWFA 1-6x illumn. scope 2 days ago.  It looks to be an awesome scope with a FFP reticle.  I was not planning to install this on my 300 BLK SBR but I think the illumination would make it more than ideal for a hog hunting rifle.  My dilemma is that I also own the Nikon P300 which is a 2-7x scope with a BDC reticle.  It's made for the 300 BLK cartridge but too me it looks alot like the 22LR scope.  If you use the Nikon Spot ON program you can determine the holdovers using this scope.  The tube is only 1 inch and there's no illuminated reticle.  Hence  my dilemma. 
 
Should I use the Nikon P300 on my 223 carbine or mount it on the 300 BLK?  As far as I can tell, the subtensions on the P300 don't really match up with any standard distances.  You definitely need to use the NIkon Spot on sorftware.  I like the SWFA 1-6 on the 300 BLK because the  reticle is iullumninated. 
 
Any thoughts?
 
 
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I know this will be a less-than-helpful answer, but if I had this problem I'd solve it by selling off the Nikon and getting in line for another SS 1-6. Seriously. If that's not a realistic solution for you, then my advice is put the SS 1-6 on the hog hunter and make do with the 2-7. The real handicap, as you are obviously well aware of, is the BDC reticle.
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The nikon is not in the same ballpark as the SWFA SS.  Totally different beast through and through.  I'd want a dependable repeatable scope on my hog gun and I'd test both before using them.  The illumination is a nice touch and is very handy when pig hunting though.  
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Thanks for the advice gentlemen. I bought the Nikon P300 on a whim not realizing the weaknesses of the BDC reticle. I wanted a dedicated scope for my 300 BLK and was looking at Leupold and Browe but my research revealed an obvious problem in the reticles. One side is supersonic and the other is subsonic but the subtensions only work if you use the correct ammo. Hence the reason I went with the BDC reticle. Plus the Nikon is 2-7x versus the Browe 4x. The Nikon advertising machine is also superb. Use their spot on software and you can customize scope for all types of ammo! I fell for that.   Also as a newbie I did not take into account that the subtensions on the BDC reticle are magnification dependent. So now I am married to the Nikon Spot On app on my iPhone which I had to pay for and it crashes all the time.

If my swfa 1-6 on my 300 blk is a FFP will the subtensions change with magnif power?

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The subtensions will always be the same on all poweres with your 1-6 since it is FFP.
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That's why I like FFP scopes. You can range (or more likely) dial in a zero or correct a shot at any power.
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