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Nikon has announced a new reticle designed to be used in conjunction with its popular laser rangefinders to provide hunters with an easy-to-use system for determining proper long-range shot placement on animals.
The new Nikon BDC (Bullet Drop Compensating) is actually a trajectory-compensating reticle designed and calibrated to provide fast, simple aiming points for various shot distances. This unique system integrates a series of small "ballistic circles" -- each subtending 2" @ 100 yards -- allowing unimpeded lines of sight to even small targets.
Nikon's BDC is designed to be used with most standard centerfire cartridges with typical bullet weights, providing aiming points out to 500 yards, with a 100-yard sight-in. With Magnum cartridges and typical bullet weights, the same scopes with BDC reticles offer aiming points out to 600 yards, with a 200-yard sight-in.
After sighting-in the crosshair at 100 or 200 yards with the highest magnification, determine the distance to the target and use the appropriate ballistic circle. Verify the aiming points by shooting at actual, measured distances.
Mastering the art of long-range shooting has always been one of the greatest challenges for the hunter. Determining the correct hold-point on an animal at long range has a lot to do with the velocity of a cartridge, bullet weight and ballistic coefficient -- or science -- and little to do with luck or guess work. While there is no substitute for practice, Nikon's new BDC reticle -- particularly when used with a Nikon Laser Rangefinder -- can provide the necessary edge in determining proper shot placement at a variety of known distances.
Our staff spent the day (yesterday) shooting with the new Nikon BDC reticle. It is very quick and easy to use. People that don't shoot regularly were able to easily and quickly hit targets from 100 yards to 300 yards, shot after shot.
I think the new Nikon BDC reticle will be "THE" reticle to have if you are considering a scope for anything from plinking with a .17 or big game hunting with a .30-378.
The reticle works extremely well when combined with the Laser Rangefinding Nikon IRT rifle scope.
Works with any caliber.
.50 cal muzzleloader version available in the Nikon Omega line.
Edited by Chris Farris - June/29/2009 at 18:40