What's your favourite Prairie Dog Scope RETICLE?

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  1. sw282

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    Pictures of Prairie Dogs in my scope reticle are dancing in my head and have been since before Christmas. For the past year l have invested considerable time and a little GREEN updating the 0ptical part of a Prairie Dog battery. l have looked at fine crosshairs. Duplex is included in both Standard and Fine reticles. An extremely fine crosshair of forty thousandths MOA showed up.. Most lnteresting and unfamiliar is a Varmint Hunters Reticle..

    What Are Your Choices and Favourite RETICLES for Prairie Dogging and WHY?
     
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  2. JSH

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    The ultra fine hair with a dot, I loose on dark background.
    Imho after looking through a lot of glass, buying using and then being disappointed or happy. It is ALL about your eyes, period.
    There are some very useful reticles. I have some that at pretty “busy”. I tend to favor a plain fine Leupold reticle myself.
     
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  3. Bindi2

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    Any scope that has red, blue or green in it.
     
  4. Coyotefurharvester

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    Sightron moa 2, I have a stac 4x20x50 with it. Dot I believe is 0.25 moa at 20. I have ran it on 223 and 204r on pd shoots, allows for a great look at hits. I also use it for load development on all my hunting rifles.
     
  5. Hotshot

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    Leupold varmint hunter reticle works very well for me. Before that reticle I sent my scopes to Premier for a custom bullet drop reticle. I still use a couple of each.
    Best one reticle I use now is in the Burris Veracity 4-20X.
    Improvement of the varmint hunter reticle and first focal plane.
     
  6. jepp2

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    So when I started prairie dog hunting, I just used whatever I had. Found out pretty quickly that 3 x 9 wasn't enough power, 36X fixed I couldn't find dogs in an alfalfa field, and my 6 x 20 seemed to be the right power for me.

    I mostly used fine Duplex, but found that I needed more windage than where the fine portion became broad. And so I had no repeatable reference.
    Leupold Fine Duplex Reticle.jpg

    Next I want to the Leupold Varmint Hunter reticle. Much better than fine duplex, but I didn't like the spread of the reference marks. Here is the Leupold VH reticle
    Leupold Varmint Reticle.jpg

    Then I bought my first FFP scope. Happened to be a Vortex Viper HS LR. Found my scope! For the shooting I do, it is perfect. A common shot is 200 yards, 10mph crosswind, and I know I need to hold 3 MOA into the wind. Accuracy is just as good as when there is no wind.

    vhs-4315-lr-vortex-optics-vhs-4315-lr-viper-hs-lr-6-24x50mm-ffp-rifle-scope-xlr-reticle-10.jpg

    And if I had to do in a pinch, MOAH (much better option than MOA in my opinion).
    opplanet-sightron-moa-h-reticle.jpg

    But I like a reticle that has reference marks I can depend on. Some folks don't like the busy Christmas tree reticle.
     
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  7. Alguapo

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    Dot...
     
  8. sdbob

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    I have many different scopes and reticles. The 8-32 S3 Sightron MOA2 is my favorite. Click for elevation and hold for wind using the reticule. The dot in the cross hair works great too.
     
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    I started prairie dog shooting with a Leupold Duplex..... too coarse. I sent my scope to Leupold and had a Leupold Target Dot installed... I like it much better.

    I then acquired a Nightforce with an NP2DD reticle. It is perfect, wide open, no mixture of lines etc to confuse you.

    I use a ballistics program on my iphone, wind meter and rangefinder, so all I need is a dot. If I hold off after a miss, I do it in " width of prairie dog"

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  10. mike a

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    If the Sightron moa-2 only had one moa hashes that would be perfect. I have two. Mike
     
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    6 varmint rifles each with an 8.5-25 Leupold with the Varmint Hunter reticle . That is the best for me.
    (I did trade away a Nightforce years ago with the NP1 RR reticle in it.That was a mistake.)
     
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    While the Sightron MOA2 is also my favorite reticle for 95% of my shooting, the FCH dot seems to be my favorite for small critters including PDs. I think it's the fine hair and very small dot that doesn't take from the sight picture of the small fury target.
     
  13. Tommie

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    There’s generally two camps here. For people who make elevation and windage adjustments via knobs, fine cross hair (with or without dot) is often preferred. Folks who prefer Kentucky windage usually go for a Christmas tree style reticle. If you decide upon the latter I’d strongly suggest opting for a first focal plane scope.
     
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  14. urbanrifleman

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    Going to first focal plane with the LRP with the 60 moa reticle changed my life.
     
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    I like the FCH, and absolutely hated the NP2DD reticle, would love to try the LRP and 60 MOA reticle.
     
  16. urbanrifleman

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    My love of FFP came from shooting with Tubb.

    Lots of people say that FFP is not necessary for varmints. I totally disagree now that I have switched. I shot pdogs for two days and never touched my knobs.

    I can turn down to scan and then crank it to shoot.
     
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    Ranging and dialing gets old for me really fast in the prairie dog towns. I like a scope with reference points to use. I don’t have any yet, but that Leupold Varmint Reticle looks really good to me.
     
  18. urbanrifleman

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    I have two of those. They are awesome if you can use max power all the time. Great target reticle.

    Totally worthless changing the power on the fly in a big dog town.
     
  19. urbanrifleman

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    And a bubble level set to gravity... mandatory.
     
  20. Mark W

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    I usually run my power setting on 16x to 18x as a decent compromise for scanning and shooting. Why would I need to move the power settings at all?
     
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