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I just bought a 4.5-14x40 Nikon with the BDC reticle. Nikon has a ballistics calculator that you can select any power setting, ammo, weather conditions, range etc. Has anyone ever used this and if so is it accurate?
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It works for my hunting, serves as a very good reference points specially at ideal ranges for the cartridge i am using it for. It also makes it easier should you want to be pinpoint accurate assuming your rig is capable of pinpoint accuracy. Smile
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Thanks for the input. I printed a chart from the calculator with the ammo I plan on using. I guess the only sure way is to go to the range and experiment to see where the circles work and make some sort of log so I remember. I have a Remington 770 in 300 Win Mag., it's very capable, more so than myself.
 
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BDC on a Rem 770
 
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Originally posted by Long Ranger Long Ranger wrote:

I guess the only sure way is to go to the range and experiment to see where the circles work and make some sort of log so I remember. 

Eggxactly right!!

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why would you say such? It's a great gun and very accurate. Just looking to upgrade the optics. Have you had any bad experiences with either?
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I'm kinda new at the whole forum thing. My reply was for WYcoyote. Sorry Cheaptrick.
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Originally posted by Long Ranger Long Ranger wrote:

why would you say such? It's a great gun and very accurate. Just looking to upgrade the optics. Have you had any bad experiences with either?
 
The only bad experience I've had with the 770 is holding one for about 15 seconds at a gun counter. I could not hand it back to the salesman fast enough. It made me want to hurl.
I'm not really a high $$$ gun snob, I have a budget priced Marlin XL7C in 25-06 that I like pretty well. But that gun and it's construction did not do it for me, and I lost some respect for Remington for making a rifle like that.
I am not a fan of Nikon's BDC either. It seems imprecise and cluttered. Not sure how an idea like this gets out the planning room door. I think Nikon makes a good optic, but they can keep the BDC.
Everyone please note that these are just my personal opinions, and that more choices in reticles and rifles is a good thing.
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Noted. Loco
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Not all of us use the same gear for the same things and what fits and feels right to you might well not be acceptable to someone else. 


A hunting buddy of mine bought a package deal 770 with a cheap bushnell scope in .270  It has taken 5 game animals and not one of them has run more than 60 feet after getting hit. The only negative with the package was eye relief on the scope was really short and my buddy has been scope ringed 2 times. Accuracy is not really an issue, the gun is fine. I would put a scope on it with A LOT of eye relief in 300 win mag. 


I have one of the Nikon scopes with the BDC "same one you have" and the glass is pretty good. Thunbs Up I'd much prefer a less cluttered reticle, but bought the best glass I could at the time. Mine is on a .17 HM2 so recoil is not an issue in relation to eye relief. Like others have pointed out, the best way to figure out the BDC in relation to point of impact is to practice with the gun. If it's a hunting rifle, which it sounds like it is, being able to quickly acquire your target and make a humane kill is what really matters. Practice, practice, practice.

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Mine had the cheap Bushnell on it also, one reason for the change. I got scoped once with it too. I guess I'll find out when it warms up a little and I get time to try it out.
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Hoping the Nikon has enough eye relief for you. The 770 is pretty light making recoil vs eye relief a pretty critical issue. Keep us posted.
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