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What do you think of bullet drop compensator (bdc) reticles on scopes? I got one on a scope and find the reticle is an annoyance. I kind of feel I got suckered into a gimmick.

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from Alex Williams wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I have the Nikon Buckmasters scope with the BDC reticle and it has worked great for me. I made a perfect 260 yard shot on a deer this winter that i could not have made without it. I have shot up to 400 yards at the range with it.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I have one on a varmint rifle and one on a deer gun. I like them. If I use the recommended loadings they are dead on at the registrated ranges.

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I think they are great as long as you are shooting those kind of distances. If not, they just will prove to be an annoyance. Also you must kno how far the target is in order to line it up correctly. But if you are making those long shots, they will prove to be very helpful and may even be the difference between coming home empty handed or being bale to pack the freezer.

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

They are nice for target practice, but when you have an elk on the run a you need to shoot it right away you aren't going to have time to use the bdr. They are useful when the elk doesn't know you are there and you have more time to judge the bullet drop.

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from lovetohunt wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I like the idea, but I probably won't buy one.

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

The Leupolds work fine with the appropriate loads but I prefer adjustable turret knobs so I can dial in the distance given to me from my range finder. I have always been concerned that somehow the turrets will not actually be at the range dialed but for several years this has never happened so I suppose it is a non-issue.

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from buckeye wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I have a bdc reticle on a Nikon Omega and I like it as long as you use the correct load.

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

i love the BDC reticles i have it on 2 of my guns, and they work great.

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from KingFisher907 wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I agree with the above comments: the bdc works well if you have the time to dial it in and are shooting the appropriate weight bullet...

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I've never shot a BDC scope but by the looks of the reviews I might consider buying one now.

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from Sharkfin wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I have not taken a shot over 75 yards in the last seven years. The longest shot I've ever taken was 210 yards. I don't see the need for one. This year I told my hunting buddies that I wasn't even going to take my rifle to the land. Bow only all season.

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from idahooutdoors wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

Most of them work great, you just need to practice, and learn where your load and caliber hit at different yardage. I love the ballistic plex in my Burris Eurodiamond and have a lot more faith and ability in making clean one shot kills at ranges I wouldn't attempt with a normal scope. Once you learn how to use it, they give you actuall aiming points instead of just holding over and guessing. With a rest I have made several 450+yard one shot kills.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I have a Burris Fullfield with ballistic plex. I like it, it works and its unobtrusive. Using and sighting in loads according to instructions, simple, I've been on target out to 300. Haven't tried further and have heard better check the 400-500 before trusting it.

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from MLH wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I have TDS that worked okay. Simple to use once set up. Practice is the key. Mixing types just adds confusion.

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I might have mentioned this before but last year one of my friends had a Leupold B & C on his .300 WSM. He was watching a bull that was moving through the tree with a cow about 400 yards away but the bull would not stop long enough to shoot. After a few minutes the bull popped up in front of him at about 35 yards. He missed it twice before connecting and yes the bull just stood still watching him reload. It was about a 300 or so bull and old George said he had never shot a deer or elk that close before with a rifle. They both were surprised and luckily he didn't accidently shoot the cow as well.

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from saul6805 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I use the Nikon BDC reticle on several guns with good results. However you must put in some range time to see where your paricular load shoots at various ranges. Sometimes you need to use different parts of the circle for some calibers. It's more of a confidence issue for me.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Unless you have a quality rangefinder with ballistic range computation, or know how to do it in your head instantly, they are just a distraction to shooting. Trying to use a precise hold without knowing the precsie range at greater distances is futile.

I have one, but I always compare the 300 yard reticle spot with where my center crosshair is located on the target for verification of holdover. If I can't hold on hair, the elk is too far away to fire.

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

They are nice for target practice, but when you have an elk on the run a you need to shoot it right away you aren't going to have time to use the bdr. They are useful when the elk doesn't know you are there and you have more time to judge the bullet drop.

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

i love the BDC reticles i have it on 2 of my guns, and they work great.

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from Alex Williams wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I have the Nikon Buckmasters scope with the BDC reticle and it has worked great for me. I made a perfect 260 yard shot on a deer this winter that i could not have made without it. I have shot up to 400 yards at the range with it.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I have one on a varmint rifle and one on a deer gun. I like them. If I use the recommended loadings they are dead on at the registrated ranges.

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I think they are great as long as you are shooting those kind of distances. If not, they just will prove to be an annoyance. Also you must kno how far the target is in order to line it up correctly. But if you are making those long shots, they will prove to be very helpful and may even be the difference between coming home empty handed or being bale to pack the freezer.

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from lovetohunt wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I like the idea, but I probably won't buy one.

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

The Leupolds work fine with the appropriate loads but I prefer adjustable turret knobs so I can dial in the distance given to me from my range finder. I have always been concerned that somehow the turrets will not actually be at the range dialed but for several years this has never happened so I suppose it is a non-issue.

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from buckeye wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I have a bdc reticle on a Nikon Omega and I like it as long as you use the correct load.

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from KingFisher907 wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I agree with the above comments: the bdc works well if you have the time to dial it in and are shooting the appropriate weight bullet...

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from idahooutdoors wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

Most of them work great, you just need to practice, and learn where your load and caliber hit at different yardage. I love the ballistic plex in my Burris Eurodiamond and have a lot more faith and ability in making clean one shot kills at ranges I wouldn't attempt with a normal scope. Once you learn how to use it, they give you actuall aiming points instead of just holding over and guessing. With a rest I have made several 450+yard one shot kills.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I have a Burris Fullfield with ballistic plex. I like it, it works and its unobtrusive. Using and sighting in loads according to instructions, simple, I've been on target out to 300. Haven't tried further and have heard better check the 400-500 before trusting it.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckhunter wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I've never shot a BDC scope but by the looks of the reviews I might consider buying one now.

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from Sharkfin wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I have not taken a shot over 75 yards in the last seven years. The longest shot I've ever taken was 210 yards. I don't see the need for one. This year I told my hunting buddies that I wasn't even going to take my rifle to the land. Bow only all season.

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from MLH wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I have TDS that worked okay. Simple to use once set up. Practice is the key. Mixing types just adds confusion.

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I might have mentioned this before but last year one of my friends had a Leupold B & C on his .300 WSM. He was watching a bull that was moving through the tree with a cow about 400 yards away but the bull would not stop long enough to shoot. After a few minutes the bull popped up in front of him at about 35 yards. He missed it twice before connecting and yes the bull just stood still watching him reload. It was about a 300 or so bull and old George said he had never shot a deer or elk that close before with a rifle. They both were surprised and luckily he didn't accidently shoot the cow as well.

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from saul6805 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I use the Nikon BDC reticle on several guns with good results. However you must put in some range time to see where your paricular load shoots at various ranges. Sometimes you need to use different parts of the circle for some calibers. It's more of a confidence issue for me.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Unless you have a quality rangefinder with ballistic range computation, or know how to do it in your head instantly, they are just a distraction to shooting. Trying to use a precise hold without knowing the precsie range at greater distances is futile.

I have one, but I always compare the 300 yard reticle spot with where my center crosshair is located on the target for verification of holdover. If I can't hold on hair, the elk is too far away to fire.

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