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I placed a Nikon Omega 3-9x40 on my Thompson Center Encore .50 cal musket and zeroed the scope at 100 yds. This scope was designed to work with a 250 grain bullet pushed by 150 grains of powder. The interesting thing about black powder rifles is that they do not all like the same thing - some rifles like mine are more consistently accurate with heavier bullets or lighter charges of powder. Most guys start testing with 80 to 100 grains of tripple 7 or Pyrodex and work their way up to 150 to see what the most accurate load of powder is. Multiply that times the many different available bullets you can push out of the rifle and you really have your work cut out for you. Since this is seventh black powder rifle I have owned in the last five years I have found certain things that seem to work for me. I like the Barnes bullets mainly the 285 gr BTHP and the 300 gr HP (Flying Saucer) both kill deer very well. I also like about 120 grains of powder and find that I get better accuracy at 100 to 120 grains of powder than at 150 grains. So even if you alter the load from the 250 gr bullet pushed by 150 grains of powder to what I was shooting (300 grain bullet at 120 grains of powder) you can still use this BDC scope with good and consistent results - but dont expect the circles to represent the same distances as it does with the lighter bullet traveling faster. I zeroed the crosshairs at 100 yds and the bottom circle is about right for 200 yds which with some additional shooting I should be able to assign a distance to the two middle circles which will be somewhere in between. This is perfect for me because my deer blind is set up with food plots at 100 and 200 yds.  If you are using the  250 grain bullet and 150 grains of powder the BDC is designed to be -  cross hairs on at 100 next circle down on at 200yds next at 225 yds and bottom at 250 yds.  But you can see that even if you use a different load you can use this scope with good success. As for the circles on the BDC at first I thought they would bother me but get them out on the range and they are great because the targets I shoot at have concentric circles X ring 10 ring 9 ring etc and this system is actually easier to shoot (circle centered on target circle) than trying to center the X of a traditional crosshair on a target circle. You get 360 degrees of feedback. As for the glass it was bright and clear and the 3-9x40 power range is a fine choice for the range most people hunt deer at. The adjustment knobs are nice crisp 1/4 moa clicks and I really like the finger adjustable short target type knobs. Since the circles are 2moa or (2 inch at 100 yds),  (3 inch at 300 yds), (4 inch at 400 yds) you could use them for rough estimates of range finding with objects of known size. The scope I bought was finished in the realtree camo pattern and my Encore has black stocks for now but may have camo stocks before too long. This scope is a great choice for a 50 cal musket and has an amazing 5 inch eye relief - no black eye from this scope. I have tried a lot of things on my muskets and this is the best choice I have found bar none. 
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Yesterday I was out on the range again and using 120 grains Tripple 7 with a 300 gr Barnes the x is on at 100 the bottom circle is on at 200 and the point where the lower post goes from heavy to thin is on at 300yds.  I still need to work with the middle circles but I'm thinking they are about 150 and 175 yds more or less. 

 

The point is that this scope can be used with loads other than the designed 250 grain sabbot with 150 grains of powder. But plan on spending some time on the range.

 

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Just joined this site, looks like some really good members passing on some valuable information.  Thought I would do the same.  I recently purchased a Nikon Omega scope with the BDC reticle for my Thompson Center Omega.  Before this scope, I have only hunted with Leupold scopes so I was a little hesitant to purchase it and try it out.  Glad I did though.  After about 300 rounds with different bullet and sabot combinations, I have found a load that really works wonders in the Omega with the Nikon Omega scope.  I am using 150 grains of Triple Seven in pellet form.  I am also using a 250 Hornady XTP bullet (not the MAG variety) and the black hornady high pressure sabots.  I have the gun sighted in at 100 yards.  To make a long story short, the circles in the scope work perfectly at 150 yards, 200 yards, 225 yards, and 250 yards.  With a bench rest at the range I was able to keep a 3 1/2 inch group at 200 yards, a 4 1/2 inch group at 225 yards, and a 6 inch group at 250 yards.  Before using this scope, the best I could ever do was a 4 1/2 group at 200 yards and could not shoot past that.  I had the opportunity over the past two weeks to hunt in Delaware and Maryland for the early muzzleloader season.  I was fortunate enough to take five deer over the two week time period.  The gun and scope worked flawlessly.  I hunt out of tripods with gun rails so I did have a gun rest while hunting.  I took two of the deer inside of 100 yards.  Another deer I took at 170 yards.  The final two deer is what completely sold me on this scope and gun combination.  I took a doe at 215 yards and a nice buck at 247 yards (all ranges were found using a nikon legend rangefinder).  The bullet hit right were I aimed both times.  Both deer went about 25 yards and fell over.  If you are looking for a great scope, look no further than the Nikon Omega.  I like it so much I just bought another and put it on my Austin Halleck muzzleloader and will be testing it out soon.  Just for everybodys information- Austin and Halleck just stated that they are going out of business.  They make great muzzleloaders and are beutiful guns (they use fancy maple stocks on their guns).  While these guns are normally on the expensive side, Austin and Halleck is selling them for 50% off while supplies last.  You can check it out on their website.  They are very accurate and beautiful muzzleloaders and you can't beat the price at 50% off.  Looking forward to being a member at opticstalk and hearing from all of you
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Welcome to The OT, jd1234!!

 

Thanks for the review!!

 

Good to have you here, Sir.

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