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Found a range about an hour away that has some longer distances.  Took the Tikka T3 .308 with Nightforce 2.5-10x32 to see how the velocity reticle matches up with the computer prediction.  The data on their website is based on a 1.7" sight height, while mine is closer to 1.5".  It's zeroed for 200 yds with Hornady 168 gr TAP.
 
The ranges staff told me I was required to put 5 shots in the white 6" bullseye of their longrange target at 300 yards to qualify to shoot at longer ranges.  That group looked like this:
 
 
That's about 3 7/16", which is not great but not awful, either.  It's roughly 1 1/4" low shooting with the 300 yd crosshair.  This amount can be dialed in to cut the gap if desired.
 
Next I hung two targets at 400 yds and fired a 3-rd group at each.  Since I can't see the bullet holes at that distance, I didn't know I was overcorrecting for wind, so both are off to the right a little.
 
 
The top one is 3 7/16", the bottom one 4 3/16", both are somewhere around 3/4-1" low on the elevation, both shot from the 400 yd crosshair.  From an elevation standpoint, the reticle seems to be pretty close to the Nightforce program predicitions out to 400 yds.
 
There's no 500 yd line, and the 600 was flooded so I was unable to hang paper, but there were square steel plates hanging.  Not sure how big they were, maybe 2 feet square?  I heard 2 of  3 shots hit, but I don't know where.  I'll have to go back when it's dry and get some better information on where the 600 yd crosshair places them. 
 
For practical purposes, anything out to 225ish or so can be shot with the center crosshair and be close enough for hunting.  Although I'm happy the reticle corresponds pretty closely to the marked distances, I won't be shooting at any animals at extended distances until I learn how to compensate for wind better.   
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