As scopes get bigger and reticles become more and more dedicated to long-range shooting, it's wise to remember that sometimes you have to shoot close and/or fast in order to bring home the bacon, or keep something from doing the Macarena on your spleen. So let's define our terms: Close is 25 yards or less; fast is the instant the rifle butt hits your shoulder. The best magnification for this is none at all--1X--up to 3X.
For close/fast shooting, the reticle must draw your eye instantly to the center of the image and let you see as much as possible of what you are trying to drill. The three best reticles for this are: