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How to Choose the Best Scope Reticle for Your Application

Gone are the days of the simple duplex. Now, other options, such as First-Focal-Plane (FFP), Second Focal Plane (SFP), Ballistic Drop Compensating (BDC), Crosshair with .2-Mil or 1-MOA, and “Christmas Tree” are available. Know which one to choose by looking at these principles of reticles selection.

How to Choose the Best Scope Reticle for Your Application

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With the ever-increasing supply of rifles and scopes has come a seemingly endless number of reticles. In place of the duplex reticle are both better and worse options. Let’s take a look at the principles of reticle selection without nerding out too hard on the subject.

First or Second Focal Plane?

First-focal-plane (FFP) reticles get bigger or smaller as magnification changes because the reticle is always the same size relative to the target. This allows FFP reticles to show accurate subtension, i.e., the reticle measurement of objects in the field of view using milradian (mils) or minute-of-angle (MOA) marks on the reticle at all magnification...

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