I have spent the last several YEARS trying to pic the best scope and reticle combination for use in making shots on north American game from antelope up to elk out to 800 yards maximum. Reticles I have looked at and most attracted to are reticles similar in design to the Leupold VX6 HD 3-18x44 TMOA. What I like about the tactical design of reticles like the TMOA is I can use the hash marks to effectively estimate range to target similar to a MIL-DOT scope as a back range estimation if my LRF ever fails me or I don't have time to use it and I must make a shot in a limited amount of time on a animal about to disappear into the woods. I also much prefer a tactical type of reticle as it isn't caliber or load specific and I believe it will allow the most versatility. I also like the retaliative uncluttered simplicity of a reticle like the TMOA as it allows IMHO more precise range estimation VS a standard MIL-DOT. So what i need is advice from those that are far more knowledgeable than I on using tactical rifle scopes and scope reticles of a tactical design for both range estimation then dialing and shooting if i am on the right track in my choice. By that i mean is a reticle like the TMOA or similar design a wise choice for hunting when you have to either use the hash marks for bullet drop or dial once range is known and shoot. I am quite adverse to reticles like the HORUS for hunting as I feel it makes for a to cluttered view and this scope is for a 100% purely hunting application. I'm certain i will shoot at all types of targets out to 1000 yards with it but the scopes primary function is for hunting at distances beyond 500 yards out to what happens to be my maximum effective range. As a little extra info from me I only prefer second focal plane scopes and as an example are seriously drawn to scope types and reticles like the Leupold VX6 HD in 3-18x44mm with the TMOA reticle, locking turrets with a zero set elevation. A scope like the VX6 seams about perfect for a all around hunting scope for shots from under 100 yards out to 800 max. Thanks to all who offer their help, Art.