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Looks like I've decided on a Conquest 3.5 x 10 x 44 to on a .270 for low light deer hunting.
Which reticle would be better for low light?   Rapid Z 600 or # 4
The Samplelist has been good to me so far so I hope to find it there.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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I think it would kind of depend on wether or not your looking for to do any longer shooting using hold over. If that is a need, then the rapid z would be a great choice for the .270. If not then either would do the job.
 
If you do decide on the rapid z, then be sure to check out Ziess's website and punch in the data for your load and use their ballistic calculator to give you hold over readings.
 
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The Rapid Z reticle is thin, but still visible in legal light. I've played around with mine on semi- moonlit nights and while the ranging function wasn't useful in the dark, I could still get a crosshair on anything that wasn't in shadow.
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In low light, I'd opt for the #4.
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I have examples of both.  The Rapid Z is a cool reticle, but it's quite thin.  The #4 is FAR superior to Rapid Z for low light visibility.  It isn't even close.  The #4's very thick outer posts contrast well and are pretty easy to see in dim light.  Even if you can't pick up the center crosshairs, the posts help guide your eye to the center of the reticle.  You'll likely lose the center of the Rapid Z at the limits of legal shooting light, when you won't be doing any long range shooting anyway.  
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Ditto on the #4 being much superior.  
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+1 on the #4 for hunting in low light
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I was always a standard plex reticle guy, but the last few years I've added #4 reticles almost exclusively.
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Don't want to leave the impression that the Rapid Z isn't a trick, useful reticle, but if the decision criteria is strictly which is better for low light, the #4 is your huckleberry.
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I have to agree with Ted.
 
The number 4 reticle is great for hunting larger game. You'll find that the rapid Z, or from what I have seen. The Rapid Z reticle is very popular with Varnmit hunters.
 
Brad, I think either would work well with your .270, but the rapid reticle might by a little busy. I think you may find the number 4 more suitable for your needs.
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I'd agree with everyone else about #4 being the best in low light. That really goes without saying.

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I have a #4 Swarovski on my muzzleloader.  I get the "illusion" of a larger FoV in the top half . . .
 
Nice avatar there stillhuntin. 
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I have tried plex reticles and #4s in low light for several years. IMO the #4 is way ahead of any traditional crosshair in very low light as long as the end of the heavy bars aren't widely separated from the crosshair intersection. All #4s aren't the same and the distance from the end of the wide bars to the intersection varies quite a bit among scope brands. In my own experience, those #4s with a narrow separation between the wide bars and the crosshair intersection tend to work best when the light is all but gone.
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Thanks everyone for all the positive input and it really helped with my decision.

I just purhased a 3.5-10x44 Conquest with a #4 reticle from the Samplelist. Sonny handled the purchase and he was very patient (with all my questions) and knowledgeable, as they always are. The lifetime transferable warranty is comforting and I can't wait for delivery early next week. 
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Hello everyone,
 
I just received my 3.5-10x44 Conquest with a #4 reticle. It looks great and I hope to sight it in Thursday. I could not find the two smudge marks on the bell that they said were there. Aw shucks!
 
Once again the staff at SWFA has exceeded my expectations.
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