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I was wondering about the new Nikon BDC reticle for the Omega Muzzleloader from Thompson Center. I know the reticle was designed for the Omega bullet drop rate, but is it computed for using two(100g) or 3 (150gr) powder charge? Also, is the reticle designed to be used on the scopes highes power setting like the Burris Ballistic plex? I am considering getting one of TCs new OMEGA X7 muzzleloaders, it has a laminated stock with a stainless barrel that is a shorter length of only 24 inches as opposed to the regular 28 inches. It is shorter and lighter for treestand hunting. Will the New Omega scopes tragectory reticle work with the new shorter omega barrel length or will there be a big difference in impact points? thanks
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The  BDC is set for a 250 grain sabbot pushed by 150 grains of powder. I would recommend using the 28 inch barrel rather than the shorter barrel as the longer the burn time the higher the velocity. Yes the shorter barrel will effect the trajectory but not that much. In either case you need to work with the scope and rifle combo on the range. I have two Encores and they have 24 in barrels and I have the Nikon Omega with BDC on mine and with 150 grains of powder it is pretty close to what is specified but their tests were done with 28 inch and the table is set for 28 inch. On the flip side muskets are all somewhat different one will like heavier bullets one will like lighter powder charges and you often have to custom taylor the powder charge to the rifle to see what it likes best. Sometimes a gun that wont group with 150 grain loads will shoot great with 120 grain loads.  You need to test the rifle with loads from 100 grains to 150 grains to see which group best. Once you have that you test with the scope at different distances to see what the circles in the BDC represent. You can use this scope with any barrel length and any load but the circles will simply represent different distances if it is not the 250 grain sabbot pushed by 150 grains of powder. I think Fox ridge even offers a 20 inch bbl Omega,  but I think the 28 in is the best choice. For that matter Bulberry.com will custom make Encore barrels any length and guarantee accuracy. New Omega rifles are starting to come with a CD that has valuable info about running a wet patch then a dry patch down the barrel after every shot and tips for consistency that leads to accuracy. Check out the thumbhole camo stainless with fluted barrel one of my buddies just bought one very cool gun.

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Are the circles and ranges they are set for only accurate if the scope is set on the highest power setting like the Ballistic plex on Burris scopes?
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I know they are on at the 9x setting but I haven't checked it at the lower settings yet. 

 

There are so many possible powder charge and bullet weight variables It does require some testing on the range but so far I am happy with the one I have. If I am shooting at 200 yds I figure I will have it on 9x anyway but I can see how I might have a 200 yd 3x shot while pushing deer in shotgun season. Since the reticle remains the same size throughout the power range that indicates it is not FFP and like the Burris will only be on at the highest power, but you can set for 3x and test to see what distances the circles represent at that power.

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