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Hey folks scope newb here hoping you can help me out.


Im getting a minox 1.5-8x32. Its available in versaplex, minoplex, and #4.

Im in Canada and it will be used to hunt. We dont tend to get alot of sun around here during the winter months but fall is alright as such Im not sure if I should go with the versaplex as I hear its thin. It will be used for deer and target as well as its an m14 (which is a riot to shoot)

Of course m14s dont tend to shoot tiny groups anyways so low light performance is prolly more important than target shooting
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Welcome to Optics Talk.

I tried out a Minox with the Versaplex reticle and thought it was better suited for small game/target, moreso than big game. 

For big game, the old tried and true #4 is tough to beat and can be used for target, especially for an M14. 
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German #1 is an amazing reticle for all conditions... #4 is very good as well
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#4 for low light and big game
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I'm not as far north, but have noticed that sunrise and sunset seem more gradual than they do at southerly latitudes. So you have a fair amount of time you'll be dealing with low light. I've used fairly thin reticles on SFP scopes and thought they were fine, but would still recommend the #1 or #4 as well. Off topic a bit, but on an FFP scope, a heavier reticle design or at least one that acts like a traditional duplex reticle at low magnification is, IMO, essential. Even with a 50mm objective and great glass it gets hard to see when zoomed out. At least with an SFP the reticle stays the same size (and thickness).
 
That's a great magnification range, BTW, for what you're intending. Welcome to the OT!
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+1 for the #1 & #4
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Thanks Jono, Cheap and folks!


#4 it is sounds great- Im starting to feel slightly less like an optics newb. 
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I'm going to offer a bit different perspective...
I think the Mino- plex would also be a good choice because the thick posts are much closer together than with the #4 and sometimes, the inner hairs are not visible at all and the gap is all you have to guide you.
I looked up Minox .xls reticle subtension chart and the #4 thick posts are indeed thicker than those on the Mino- plex, but the gap is 4x as large ( approx. values).

Truth be told, any of them would likely be just fine in legal light.
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I agree the German #1 is as visible as reticles get, but since it isn't available in the Minox, go with the #4. #4 is a very good low light reticle. The posts at 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00 are very bold, yet the crosshairs are still plenty fine enough for precision shooting. You don't even have to be able to see the center crosshairs very well to put a bullet in a critter's vitals if there isn't an excessively large gap in the center between the ends of the posts. In any legal light, you'll be able to see the outer posts, they're so bold.

The #1 is a great hunting reticle because it combines extremely bold posts with a fine point at the tip of the 6:00 post to aim with precision. Alas, it isn't available in many scopes sold here in the States.
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