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  1. #1
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    sight picture

    While I am working thru issues with my eyes and various scopes, I want to ax this question, tho I realize that there might be several answers: Is there a preferred or optimum reticle, target, and sight picture which yields best results? Circles? Dots? Fine crosshairs? Squares?

    I am working with my Rem700, chambered in essentially 6mm-250, 85 grain bullets. I have achieved several 5-shot groups below half-inch, but I am not consistent. My Weaver CT-24 has a half-inch dot. I hold my half-inch dot inside a 5/8" circle or square. Several representative target sheets are attached
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    I'm no expert, but I would have to say that a half-inch dot is a bit largish for a 24 power scope. I would think 1/4 minute would be more appropriate, especially since you are trying to shoot groups much small than your dot.

    I have a bunch of scopes from 24 to 45 power, mostly in 36X. The 24's wear cross hairs and most of the 36's have 1/8 minute dots, as does the 45X. The little dot works great for score shooting, where I like to place the dot in the top edge of the dime-sized "mothball".

    I do the same thing with the cross-hair scopes, but that little dot seems to nestle in there real nice and inspire confidence..

    It comes down to preference, really, but finer dots and crosshairs allow more precise aiming, generally.

  3. #3
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    target suited to reticle

    first i'll say i'm not up to the class of the shooters on this site. i do load work for friends and my own rifles. mainly hunting rifles and a few tactical type guns. i cut my targets out of white paper the proper size to give me a precise aiming point for the reticle i'm working with. large enough that i can see enough white to precisely center the reticle on the target. it works well for leupold heavy duplex or 1\8 minute cross hairs. i have a 500 yard range at my house and make the targets the correct size for the distance i'm shooting. when i use a mill dot for aiming i do the same thing you are doing. i don't want to shoot away the aiming point on small targets at 100 yards taking away the ability of my eye to find the center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vtmarmot View Post
    It comes down to preference, really, but finer dots and crosshairs allow more precise aiming, generally.
    Agreed. It boils down to what you like that you can aim with a small +/- tolerance.

    Your 1/2" dot inside a 5/8" circle can probably be judged considerably better than 1/16" (the gap between the two). If, say, you can keep the gap within 10% of being the same all the way around, your aiming error is only 0.1 x 1/16" = 0.00625". That is plenty good enough for a half inch gun.

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    I use dots on my scopes , so I make circles that are slightly larger than my dots. That allows you to get some white around the dot to be sure it is in the circle.

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    No doubt being able to place your dot so that you get a narrow circle of white around it promotes precise aiming. If you can match the target to the reticle, then that is probably your best situation. In most shooting games, the target is dictated to us, so we choose the reticle best suited to that target, at least for our personal shooting style. In long range target shooting or hunting, the range of variables can be much greater, with wide variations in target, distance, wind, lighting etc. That's where you tend to see the most complex reticles, to allow for more adaptability. If you're shooting short range bench rest up to 300 yards, you don't need a complex reticle, and small dots or plain fine crosshairs tend to be most common.

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    Here's what I don't understand.....

    Let's say you have a dot that fits inside a circle on the target. What do you do if the wind changes?

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