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Very informative forum!  I've read the article on the TDS reticle and the Scope School.  Very interesting 'stuff'.

I need help in picking a reticle for the Swarovski PV 4-16x50mm scope I am putting on my new Ed Brown Damara in 300 Win Mag.  Now, don't rag me about the $$$.  Heard it before.  I am a very good shot but have never owned a scoped rifle.  I will use it mostly E of the Mississippi for Dear and Hogs, maybe Bear.  You guys are the experts, what reticle would be best?  The TDS or Plex reticle?  Or, something else?

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E of the Mississippi is generally tree covered and your shots will probably be around 100 yards with an occasional 150 yard burst?

 

Duplex.

 

If you were shooting longer distances, like over 300 yards I'd look into the TDS.

Maybe.

 

I have found MOST ranging reticles to be little more than gimmicks.

Mil Dots excluded, of course.  

 

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Thanks... 

 

So you like Mil Dots?

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Originally posted by HELLFIREman HELLFIREman wrote:

Thanks... 

 

So you like Mil Dots?

 

Yes.

But like you, where I hunt a good duplex is all I need.

 

In all honesty, a Aimpoint M2 red dot went on my rifle last time hunted.

Shots are from 40-75 yards in the biggest, thickest, nastiest, briar patchs you ever seen. 

 

Most folks who hunt around my area are what I call "over scoped".

Too much magnifacation, AO's, side focus.....too little GOOD range time.

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That is a lot of scope for someone that has never owned a scoped rifle before. I would look hard at the 2.5-10x42 or even the 3-10x42 American 1". Keep in mind the professional hunters will have a first focal plane reticle and 30mm tubes. Features you don't really need.

 

Consider the range of your shots when choosing the reticle. The plex reticle is good to go in every situation. The TDS just gives you an aiming point for those shots you don't want to guess at. I actually like the TDS and would go for it.

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For most hunting (except for varminting) being able to quickly acquire targets in low light is usually the most important thing.  Various holdover reticles are great for shooting at small and distant targets.  With 300 WInMag a distant target is probably something beyond 300-350yards.

 

Chances are you will never need to take a shot that far out.  Make sure you have a very visible reticle like a German #4 or heavy plex.  Alternatively, you can try something that glows like Trijicon Accupoint or Buchnell Elite 4200 firefly or one of a number of battery powered illuminated reticles out there.  High magnification, IMO, is not particularly helpful in most situations.  Personally, I am a big fan of low range variables of all sorts, such as 1.5-6x40, 1.75-5x32, 1-4x20, etc.

 

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Thanks gentlemen, you've been a lot of help.  Lots to think about.
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