John Paul on Choosing and Using Different Reticles

Target one: 190 yards. Hit!
Target two: 275 yards. Hit!
Target three: 355 yards. Hit! 


I shot multiple targets at different distances and I didn’t dial.  It must have been Horus Vision. Now let's talk about reticles. To dial or not to dial, that is the question?


Now I’ve found that there’s two types of shooters out there, two competing philosophies. There are those people who want to dial a shot and shoot to the center of the reticle, and there’s those people who want to use these new sophisticated reticle systems, and actually compose the shot in the grid.


Personally, I’m a pretty dedicated reticle shooter. Does that mean that we never dial shots? No, there’s a time to dial a shot also, but let’s go into a discussion about the reticles in combination with the use of the sophisticated ballistic programs that are on smart phones.


We’ve got the rifle.  We’ve got a sophisticated optic on it, and I’ve even got my smart phone mounted right to it.  And that’s the combination of the ballistics software that they have nowadays, with the sophisticated scopes, that really makes this game possible. 


So I look over here and I find out what my elevation and what my windage hold needs to be for the particular shot. I can either dial that in or, as I would prefer, I would rather shoot the reticle.


Let's talk about reticles a moment and what they can actually do for you. You’ve all seen reticles that have virtually no ballistic information. Well these are some of the modern reticles that have less or more ballistic information.


These would be called gap type reticles, and they come in either MOA or Mill Rad formats, mils.  We’re going to talk about mils because that’s the direction we’ve all gone with this.


This is the Horus Vision System.  It’s my favorite.  Now at first it looks very intimidating, but trust me, you’ll get past that. You’ll realize the simplicity and the beauty of this is the ability to contain both elevation information and windage information in this grid without dialing it. 


So you can compose your shot elevation, find your windage hold off in here, compose that shot and you’re going to make that shot and make that first round hit.

All right, let's take a look at how these reticle systems actually work.  I’ve drawn some flash targets up here, and these represent the targets that we shoot at.

Let's say we have three out in the field. There’s one at about 350, one at about 575, and one maybe about 850, and I would be composing holds on each one of these. 


So let's go right over to the one at 550 here, and let's say that I know that my elevation is 3.6 so I look at my main lines here. Find the number “3” line.

The dimensions are in point two mils.  So I’m at 3.6 on that target.

Let's say I got five miles an hour wind roughly, and now I know I have a 1.2 mil wind hold.  So I come over and find that mark in the horizontal lines.

So I got 3.6 and 1.2. That’s how I compose my shot. And I’m going to hit that target.



The choices of Horus Reticles




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