How To Choose A Scope Reticle
With its invention, the scope has become an indispensable part of our hunting arsenal. This is because it makes for easier and faster aiming at the target from a far distance. Previously, the only option available to the hunter was the flat or fixed scopes. Now, there are various types of illuminated reticles known in the market to choose from. Here are some of the most popular illuminated reticles that you might want to consider using when hunting.
The first is the rotating scopes. These have two objectives which are in the form of windage and elevation. The objective is placed in the crosshair of the scope. To achieve this, the illuminated reticle rotates as the crosshairs move up and down.
The second type is the duplex design. This is more commonly used than the rotating one because it has more knobs for adjustments such as the ranging grid, parallax adjustment, crosshair markings, etc. This increases the effectiveness of the reticle by having several elements of different sizes and reticles within the same scope. The duplex has more aspects than the rotating one, and for this reason, more hunting shots can be made with ease.
Next is the Ballistic Reticle. As the name suggests, this is a reticle that is used for trajectory shooting. What this does is that it calculates the distance between the point where the crosshair begins to rotate and the point where it ends. This then determines how far the bullet will travel during a particular shot. This is a different type of optics in that the Ballistic Reticle is typically used in pistol rounds and not rifle rounds.
The third is the crosshair reticle. Unlike the other two, the crosshair has two numerical values - one for the distance between the center of the target and the point, and another for the distance from the center of the target to the nearest visible portion of the crosshair. While both are important, they have different uses, and for this reason, rifle scopes often use crosshairs.
Next is the etched glass-etched reticles. Etched glass-etched scopes are unique among all other types of rifles scope reticles because it incorporates tiny gas-dispersing mirrors to create an image of the target. For this reason, it can be used for long-range shots. This is different than the Ballistic Reticle in that the Ballistic Reticle calculates the distance based on the trajectory of the bullet and not the etched glass. Etched glass-etched reticles are popular because of their unique designs. For example, some have etched panels with crosshairs; some have grid-type reticles, and so on.
There are many different choices of magnification as well. For example, you can choose between several different power settings, including low power for beginners and high capacity for hunters using a powerful scope with high magnification. Likewise, you can choose between many different Scopes ranging from Rigid Fiberglass, Spherical Scopes, Gas Permeable, and Monocular. You can also find many different brands to choose from, such as Red Eye, Black Shadow, Focus Dailies, and others. These brands provide many options when it comes to features and prices.
Finally, there is the german reticle. The german reticle is two crosshairs in one, hence the name, but it has both an over-the-top and under-the-line design. It uses open crosshairs, which represent the front line of a target, and a thin circular crosshair marks the center of that target. This design allows for easy viewing of targets at various distances. The german reticle can be used with almost any rifle scope, but it can be beneficial to help align your shot when shooting from a prone position. As with other designs, it uses an adjustable objective with a ring that rotates to keep the crosshairs on the target.