It’s rare that a description or picture gives you an accurate depiction of what a reticle looks like in the field.
With the help of 8229.co.uk we were able to take a few pictures of what Meopta’s reticles look like in the field against our common species of deer – Life sized deer targets have been used in our photo’s to demonstrate the importance of reticle choice in a rifle scope primarily used for hunting.
Short Range – Woodland Stalking & Driven Game
Light is typically low, and the quarry is normally close or moving at speed, so rapid target acquisition is key in order to give yourself the longest possible time to steady yourself for the shot. Fine reticles have no place in this type of hunting as they can easily become impossible to see in low light or stressed conditions (such as charging Boar).
Magnification will typically be 6x Zoom at short range and in low light, as this offers the best combination of light transmission and target acquisition in these conditions.
We recommend the 4C reticle for hunters who typically shoot their quarry at 40-100yds.
Mid Range – Open Ground & Highland Game
Light may still be low, but significantly better than in woodlands. Game is typically unaware of your presence and you have ample time to line up shots. With distances being further you may need to account for the effects of wind and distance when placing your reticle on the target. A finer reticle does not obscure the target at longer distances and is crucial for pinpoint accuracy.
Magnification will typically be set between 6x and 10x depending upon range.
We recommend the 4K reticle for hunters who typically shoot their quarry at 100-300yds.
Long Range – Varminting & Target
Light is typically optimum (often enhanced artificially with hunting lamps or night vision), as low-light shooting at extreme distances is unwise where high-powered rifles are concerned. Game is either unaware of your presence, or believes it is at a safe distance. You will definitely need to account for the effects of wind and bullet-drop before taking the shot, and the reticle must be very fine in order not to obscure a typically very small target.
Magnification will typically be set high, though for the purposes of comparison the pictures show 10x Zoom.
We recommend the Z Plex II or Mildot Special Reticle for Long Range Varmint and Target Shooting at 200+yds