In comparison: Nikon 4-12x40 BDC ranks #48 out of 114. using the first BDC circle. This reticle will work with most calibers and situations as Vortex breaks the BDC functionality into 4 firearms “classes”: In order for the BDC functionality to work properly, the shooter would need to sight the rifle or slug shotgun in at the distances recommended by Vortex. Also, how thin is the crosshair compared to a duplex reticle? It is in the top 10%. OTOH, I think mil-dot might have been my choice, but I needed a 32mm max bell to fit on my Saiga and didn't find one with the mil-dot. I'm not going to shoot the big buck out past about 300, not that I couldn't hit him at that range. BDC Reticle. A match made in heaven, the Nikon M-223 3-12x42SF Rifle Scope with BDC 600 or Nikoplex Reticle is just right for your AR rifle. Re: BDC vs Nikoplex on a Nikon [Re: superman0812] #4253954 05/14/13 02:39 PM: Joined: Apr 2011. what stinks about the BDC is the aiming point are different ranges for different magnifications. Why Can’t I Find Any Vortex Fixed Power Scopes? So I want to mount in on a Ruger American 30-06. keep in mind this will be by first rifle since I want to get into hunting. But, through further discussions, it turns out that those customers never followed Vortex’s suggestion of actually testing the POI (Point of Impact) of the BDC marks with their preferred caliber at the specific BDC based distances (in yards). ....the Spot On software app adjusts for wind speed and direction. You can print out field cards for each of your loads. Having an open mind is the first step. Extremely versatile reticle so a shooter can use it for many different scenarios. Here’s a great video that provides an excellent example: A BDC scope is a rifle scope that has BDC (Bullet Drop Compensation) functionality built into the scope either via the scope reticle or via the scope turrets. The BDC phrase is an acronym for Bullet Drop Compensation or Bullet Drop Compensator. However, if you found yourself out in the field without a range finder, Vortex has a formula you can utilize in conjunction with the BDC points in the reticle to approximate the distance to a target. When the coyote or pig gets out to 400 or more, that's when I'll dial up to 14 and use the BDC line or dot. It's the pigs and coyotes that I'll take out as far as I believe I can hit them. I have taken many guys to the range who didn't beieve Spot On would work only to make believers out of them. This reticle option has proven to be one of Vortex’s best-selling reticles, especially in the more budget-oriented scope families. Atmospheric conditions like altitude and temperature. I just went through this on Sunday and decided on the NikoPlex. Rimfire rifles benefit from BDC reticles too, and this is the best Nikon BDC if you are shooting a .22 or other rimfire. I was hitting targets out to 500 yards with various rifles I had never shot before. but I think the other circles would be fairly close at the longer ranges. S. Joined: Apr 2011. Nikoplex Features. The crosshairs on the BDC reticle is higher than the Nikoplex reticle so you should get a lot of distance/range out of the BDC before having to make any turret adjustments. According to the Vortex BDC data, the effective BDC based range for those calibers is 100 yards to a max of 650 yards. Class A – The suggested sight in distance is 100 yards. You’ll see these on everything from Trijicon’s ACOG to Zeiss optics that cost as much as your second car. While cosmetic differences will change from reticle to reticle, the premise is the same – there are hash marks at the 6 o’clock position that will help you gauge where a bullet will land after a predetermined distance. Waxahachie, Texas. The drop of the bullet is part of the gravitational effect on the bullet and the amount of drop varies based on factors such as: A BDC reticle must be calibrated to a specific caliber and bullet weight traveling a specific preset distance at a known (constant) muzzle velocity. With that sayed I want to know which scope will be easier to learn how to use. In easy to understand terms, the BDC functionality is designed so a shooter who uses the specific data listed above (caliber, bullet weight, muzzle velocity) will know and be able to compensate for the drop of the bullet at known preset distances that are determined by the pre-configuration of the BDC function. That basically a fancy way of saying the following: if you’re going to use the BDC functionality on the Dead-Hold BDC, then you need to test that BDC performance with your rifle and ammunition. As I said earlier, I don't need BDC for less than 300. Bullet drop compensation, or BDC, is a long-range scope reticle for over 500 yards and more. The answer will really depend on a number of individual factors including: Personally, between the two reticle options, I prefer the Dead Hold BDC reticle as I can run it as a standard duplex when needed, but also have the flexibility to extend my shooting ranges (within reason) if the need arises. And one last point to mention about BDC reticles in general, just because a BDC reticle platform says that using a specific BDC mark on the reticle to shoot 600 yards, doesn’t always mean that it’s ethical or practical to take a 600 yard shot, especially in a hunting scenario. For shooting at a 300-yard target, you would use the next hash mark down (vertically) from the duplex point. Tags: reticle reticles scope. I think that any other scope with a mil dot or moa dot reticle will achieve the same thing. I'm not set up for shooting beyond 200yds. Maybe Nikon's test facility is in a vacume where only gravity is present. When I buy another Nikon it will either be plex or Mildot. Turrets are 1/8 moa and adjustments are repeatable. As for FFP and SFP, definitely prioritize the former. I have the BDC recticle on my 30-06. (nikoplex in particular if you know) G. Goin'Hot Gunny Sergeant. The BDC functionality is slightly more complicated compared to the V-Plex. The group was 1 1/16" and was centered 1/2" above the bullseye. Over the years, Vortex’s V-Plex reticle has gone through a few changes. A BDC reticle is essentially a cross hair or duplex reticle with dots as well as markings beneath the center point. The V-Plex is really a good, all around reticle for most hunting and shooting applications. Class A Firearms – Vortex lists the Class A firearms as rifles chambered in traditional high-power calibers like .270, .308, 30-06, etc. Very easy to use when shooting reasonable distances. Apr 10, 2012 #18 Re: Mil Dot or Nikoplex for 50-100 yard shooting? What Rifle Scope Magnification Should I Get? Otherwise, you really won’t know exactly where the actual point of impact will be for that rifle as the specific BDC base distances. My question about your goals is more long term. I shot a buck walking at 525yards while sitting on a hill top. They won't be a distraction. Extreme Tracker. If you want the ability to stretch your shooting distances out a bit, and are willing to invest the time to validate the BDC options with your rifle and caliber, then the DeadHold BDC is definitely worth checking out as there’s a reason that the BDC reticle outsells the VPlex. Which Vortex Scopes have Illuminated Reticles? Vortex scope models that are available with an illuminated reticle. Go to rankings . What reticle would ya'll choose BDC or Nikoplex? The turrets are … Of course I'm not so short sighted that I believe it's for everyone. It’s primarily a hunting-based reticle, although it works fine for most target shooting, or plinking scenarios. Belligerents. As part of my job, I spend a decent about of time discussing and trying to answer questions about the various reticle options that Vortex offers. Extreme Tracker. I went to Nikon's website and used the Spot On guide using Remington Core-Lokt 150 grain rounds. I have shot BDC reticle scopes on multiple occasions out to 500+ yards utilizing Spot On to help my accuracy. Just zeroing the rifle or shotgun at the suggested BDC distance is not enough to ensure bullet drop accuracy. On the other hand, it is plenty good for hunting purposes. According to the Vortex BDC data, the effective BDC based range for those calibers is 100 yards to a max of 600 yards. Versatile enough to be used either as a duplex type reticle or via the BDC function. I use the SpotOn app for iPhone and find its very accurate. Also, it is optimal for short and middle ranges too. Great . [ARCHIVED THREAD] - Nikoplex or bdc . Guys give a first time scope buyer a helping hand. However, with that being said, I’m also the type of person who is willing to invest the extra time at the range to see exactly how the BDC performs at various distances. Go to rankings . Purchase It on Amazon.com: Nikon M-308 SF 4-16x42mm Riflescope w/ Nikoplex Reticle, Black - 16462; Nikon M-308 4-16X42 Riflescope BDC 800 Reticle, Matte 16463; How Is The Image Quality? BDC stands for Bullet Drop Compensation – a fancy term for hold-over. It will help big time with your shot at maximum — or minimum — magnification. My rifle is zeroed @ 100yds. Posts: 3,502. This does give a slight edge to long-range shooting to the ProStaff over the Vortex. The V-Plex is a MOA based reticle that is basically Vortex’s version of the standard duplex reticle. Posted: 4/21/2012 5:54:17 AM EST Well, the Nikon free mount deal ends Sunday, so I'll probably miss it again this year. The design resembles the simplest crosshair design, which consists merely of two fine lines crossing each other. Class F Firearms – The Class F designation includes shotguns using a slug barrel and traditional black powder rifles in various calibers. This reticle also features 3 BDC based hash marks on the lower portion of the vertical post which are used for estimating holdover for longer shots, coupled with 3 hash marks on each side of the horizontal post and vertical post meeting point, which are used for estimating windage (left and right) corrections due to wind. The Nikon M-223 3-12x42SF Rifle Scope is ballistically matched to the trajectory of a 223 Rem./5.56mm NATO round with55-grain polymer tip bullet with a muzzle velocity of 3240fps. BDC 200 Reticle ; Hand-turn 1/4 MOA Adjustments and Spring-Loaded Instant Zero-Reset Turrets ; Rugged One-inch Aircraft Grade Aluminum Main Tube ; Aluminum Quick Focus Eyepiece and Generous, Consistent Eye Relief ; Read more ; Consumer Score . I am left eye dominate but right handed, so when shooting both eyes open, it is difficult for me to quickly align a standard 3 dot system. According to the Vortex BDC data, the effective BDC based range for those calibers is 100 yards to a max of 500 yards. Those suggestions include the following: Another point worth mentioning: There is a wide range of ballistic performance within the calibers of a Class as defined by Vortex, so the BDC functionality for each Class is a suggested range. With my scope set on full magnification, I shot at 200yds. For accuracy, owing to the BDC reticle, it is better to focus on short range. The distance to the target will determine which of the bullet drop compensation markings on the reticle to use. I have BDC on my .270WIN (ProStaff 3X9-40) and really like it. Enjoy the enhanced accuracy potential of a BDC reticle or simply use a rimfire trainer in the same configuration and scope as your centerfire rifle. 8.8 . ARCHIVED; AR-15 » Optics, Mounts, and Sights. The ProStaff 5 is equipped with fingertip adjustable turrets that are zero-reset capable. These BDC reticles are best for long range and quick shooting. I also have used it on everything from cross-bows to 10-22's (at 200 yards), slug guns (at 200 yards), and muzzleloaders (at 200 yards). bullet; 30-06, 165 gr. Member Joined Mar 2010; Posts 576; EE Offline; OH, USA . Steve B. If a longer shot presents itself, the BDC will provide confident hold-off capabilities if the shooter has done his homework. NikoPlex Reticle, Rapid Action TurretsThe BDC Reticle offers quicker shooting time while the Rapid Action Turret offers cleaner reticle. However, you’re best bet is to go to the Vortex LRBC application I mentioned above, and follow the steps to configure your caliber specifics (bullet grain weight, speed, Ballistic coefficient, etc. Read reviews . Also, I love the Nikoplex because of its uncluttered appearance. I have a 4.5-14 with the Nikon BDC, I like it but would not buy another on. As for Nikon, I really don't like shooting through the donuts in their BDC. Overview and Reviews of Different Rifle Scope Models. You don't have to use it, and the Leupold and Burris versions aren't too cluttered. It sounds complicated, but it’s really not. my monarch 5-20 has the BDC. BDC and Mil-Dot Reticles for Rifles . Founded in 2002, Vortex Optics has become a major player in the sporting optics industry…, The Vortex line of rifle scopes has quickly become one of the more popular U.S.…, Since Vortex Optics first entered the rifle scope market in 2002, they have steadily grown…. It offers a crisp and clear image. Unfortunately, they do not offer the Dead-Hold BDC reticle in an illuminated version. I think my Nikon has a 300 Win Mag BDC and it correlates pretty well to my 6.5x284 ballistics. It absolutely will, and Vortex has a Firearms Classification within the BDC settings that is specifically designed for use with a shotgun shooting rifle slugs. The glorious BDC. According to the Vortex BDC data, the effective BDC based range for those models is 25 yards up to a max of 125 yards. The downside with the V-Plex is the fact that it offers no options for longer range shooting, should the need arise. In terms of the Vortex Firearms Class for the BDC functionality, a .223/5.56 is classified as a Class C caliber. This reticle is not illuminated so it can be difficult to clearly see in very low light situations. You are correct that the Dead-Hold BDC reticle option is not available for every Vortex scope models. The sights were easy to pick up for me. Getting it in the .308 category, blocks out other possibilities. Again, as I’ve mentioned before, it’s imperative to validate the point of impact of your specific rifle and caliber with the proposed BDC based distances on the DeadHold BDC reticle. Nov 14, 2008 2,257 36 154 Central, Ohio. Only certain scope models offer the DeadHold BDC as a reticle option. The BDC functionality takes a bit of set-up and testing to validate with a specific caliber and load. The Vortex Dead-Hold BDC reticle option is available in the following Vortex rifle scope families: Unfortunately, the V-plex reticles are not illuminated. These technologies minimize parallax and offer last-second pre-shot changes to … These clear drop dots make seeing targets at long distances possible. The Nikoplex reticle, typically used for hunting purposes, is a longtime standard for Nikon. I don't see a problem having it on your scope. It is in the top 10%. Another useful function the BDC reticle opens the door to is staying and holding “dead-on” through various ranges. Every Texas gun owner should be a member of the, Gear & Gadgets on the Texas Fishing and Outdoors Show, http://texaspredatorposse.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=26823, Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3. bullet; 270 Win, 130 gr. Distance traveled – The farther the distance traveled, the greater the drop. Amazing . Either way, this marvelous scope is just the ticket for your favorite rimfire rifle. January 5th 2018. I maybe in the minority, but really doon't think that DBC is that bad. Bdc reticle is worthless. Obviously, with practice, one can extend the maximum range they are comfortable shooting as well. If the need arises, then the shooter will have to estimate the hold-over manually using the classic “Kentucky windage” method. Reticle type (Mil-Dot reticle vs. BDC reticle vs. Duplex reticle, FFP vs. SFP): We went over this earlier, but it bears mentioning here. This patented technology makes the task of hunting way easier than you can imagine. The Vortex Dead-Hold BDC reticle can also be used for ranging targets, but, honestly, I much prefer to use a rangefinder. It sounds as though you are asking about the Vortex Long Range Ballistics Calculator application that Vortex offers. BDC 150 Reticle P-Tactical Rimfire's newly designed MK1-MOA reticle has an asymmetrical design that allows for additional holdover and can be used to estimate range, target size, elevation holdover and wind-drift at the designated magnification. As this reticle is not illuminated, it can become difficult to see in low light shooting situations. If you prefer an illuminated Vortex reticle, here’s a link to all the Vortex scope models that are available with an illuminated reticle. Read reviews . Class F – The suggested sight in distance is 50 yards. Class E Firearms – The Class E classification includes rifles chambered in the .22 LR caliber. I did buy one Nikon, but passed on getting BDC on it. The simpler Nikoplex reticle is easy and unencumbered. This simple, effective reticle design can be custom tailored for the trajectory of your ammunition. You can even add your own loads if you know all the specs. I use a Nikon BDC scope on my .30-.06. Level of comfort shooting at longer distances, The specific shooting or hunting scenario. If ur not shooting past 300 yrds just get simple crosshairs you will do just as well and not have that worthless junk mucking up ur shot. As I said before, plenty close for hunting, but not precise enough to please a precision shooter. If you aren’t planning on doing any long-range shooting, or prefer a more traditional based, simplistic reticle, then the V-Plex may be for you. Distance is marked as circles, dots, and hash marks. The M-308 has only 4-16×42 size with 2 types of reticles and turrets to choose from: 1. 1. Read more . Now BDC reticles are not perfect and have some downsides, but I’ll get into those a bit later. Using a BDC scope, the bullet drop is preconfigured into either the reticle or turret. BDC Reticle – BDC is an acronym for Bullet Drop Compensator, and this reticle features integrated bullet drop compensation out to specific ranges. It is uncluttered and conventional. Wind hold is nothing more than a guess with a BDC. The turrets have aluminum caps to prevent accidental adjustments. Based on the rifle caliber, Vortex offers some guidelines about what range to sight the BDC based scope in. Nikon has a new rifle scope for the rimfire breeds, if you’re into that. The circles are too big for holding over a small point of aim. Okay, you can use it low light with a combination of 10x to 12x. Class D – The suggested sight in distance is 100 yards. There are also MOA and BDC reticle options. Most every shooter has their own maximum effective shooting range, and it’s important to stay within that range. Vortex does offer some illuminated reticles, and the closest illuminated reticle option to the V-Plex reticle would be the Vortex V-Brite reticle. What reticle would ya'll choose BDC or Nikoplex? Class C – The suggested sight in distance is 200 yards. The Nikoplex reticle is a basic type of reticle used in rifle scopes manufactured by Nikon. Model: Nikon ProStaff 4-12x40mm Riflescope, Matte w/ Nikoplex Reticle vs Model: Nikon ProStaff 4-12x40mm Riflescope, Matte w/ BDC Reticle. Duplex Reticle. S. Skylar Mac. ), and then use that data to map your specific caliber/bullet performance to the Vortex BDC reticle. DEpending on which line you are looking at, I prefer the Nikoplex. ARCHIVED; UncleGAK. Class B Firearms – The Class B firearms are rifles chambered in magnum calibers like .300 Win Mag, .338 Lapua, 7mm Mag, etc. According to the Vortex BDC data, the effective BDC based range for that caliber is 25 yards to a max of 125 yards. For example, hypothetically with some rifle calibers, Vortex suggests that you zero the rifle in at 200 yards, so the center duplex is dead-on at 200 yards. I don't care if … You can take the information that comes out of the LRBC application and use it to match your caliber specifications to the specific BDC hash marks in the reticle. 9.4 . Vortex scopes are a big seller at my day job, and for good reason as they offer a wide range of rifle scope options to address the needs of most every shooter or hunter. Other Reticles. When choosing a rifle scope, the reticle options available on a particular scope can play a big role in the purchasing decision. How Much Should I Spend on a Rifle Scope? I want something so I can see (damn eyes getting older), paper punching and possible rodent control. BDC 800 Reticle, MOA Turrets 2. For a 400-yard shot, you would use the 2nd hash mark down, and so on with the bottom of the vertical post marking a hold over point for a 600-yard shot. Skylar Mac. This rifle served my Grandpa well for years as an excellent choice for hunting white tail deer in Eastern North Carolina. It's fun to mess with on the range, but I have never had the time to figure it out in the field. The BDC reticle of the Nikon Prostaff 3-9×40 Riflescope adds a lot of value to the product. But, before I get into the specific details of comparing those two reticles, let’s start with some basics. I managed to hit the buck in the lungs. Is 200 yard shooting all you want to do? You’ve probably already mastered rifle scope basics, so with this post we’re going to get a bit more advanced. I’ve seen plenty of situations with customers at my day job where a specific scope model had every feature they wanted: ideal power range, the desired objective size, desired tube size, etc., but the reticle choices for that scope model ended being a deal breaker. Every click is a 1/4 MOA adjustment. Nikon Reticles. Copyright riflescope-review.com 2021 - Disclaimer: Rifle Scope Review is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program and the Ebay affiliate program, which are affiliate advertising programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com (or any related Amazon web property), and Ebay.com or any related Ebay web property. reticle. This most popular reticle in the world was Invented in 1962 by Leupold. Nikoplex Reticle – The Nikoplex reticle is Nikon’s taken a duplex reticle with thicker posts that taper down to a fine crosshair. The BDC Handgun reticle is optimized for handguns in the following rifle calibers and bullet weights with velocities between 2500 and 2600 fps: 7mm-08 Rem., 140 gr. DEpending on which line you are looking at, I prefer the Nikoplex. The BDC functionality can extend a shooters range without any ballistic math or calculations. I chose it over the sig p365 for a few reasons. Without practice at longer ranges, the BDC function may encourage a shooter to take a less than ethical shot at a game animal at distances outside of his or her comfort zone compared to the V-Plex reticle. Those ranges are determined by the specific BDC configuration, which varies based on the scope model. From the above table we recommend to select the Nikon PROSTAFF 5 BDC Riflescope, Black, 3.5-14×40. [ARCHIVED THREAD] - Nikon M223 2-8 Nikoplex vs. B600 reticle. Class E – The suggested sight in distance is 50 yards. However, when discussing Vortex scope reticles, I spend quite a bit of time comparing the Vortex Dead Hold BDC vs Vplex reticles. Out to about 300 yards or so, if you have a decent bullet at a mv of about 3000 fps, who needs BDC anyway. If you want an easy to use reticle where you just basically point and shoot, then the Vortex VPlex may be a better option for you. Get the app from Nikon and plug in your load data. The mechanism paves the way for adjusting bullet drop by 600 yards. Yes and no. Weaver Scopes is Officially Out of Business, A Look at the Top 6x Fixed Power Rifle Scopes on the Market Today, Vortex Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27×56 vs Nightforce NX8 4-32×50 F1 Comparison, Understanding the Differences Between Tikka T1x Scope Mounts, Tikka T1X Scope Rings, and Tikka T1X Scope Bases. In comparison: Nikon ProStaff 4-12 x 40 ranks #28 out of 113. If you opt to use the BDC function, you’ll be way happier with the accuracy results if you invest the time to validate the BDC POI with your specific rifle or shotgun. This BDC functionality gives the shooter the ability to shoot at certain preset distances without having to calculate the drop of the bullet over the distance. As I come across more questions or info about either of these two Vortex reticles, I’ll update this section. Helpful. bullet; 308 Win., 165 gr. View original . Well for starters, the Nikoplex version of the Nikon M-308 4-16x42mm has an elevation cap marked in yards. bullet. I have used it at 250yds and was hitting the target easily, 2 inch group. Nikon Monarch 7 Rifle Scope - 3-12x56mm SF 1" SFP Advanced BDC Reticle Matte …adjustments, MONARCH 7 integrates Spring-Loaded Instant Zero-Reset Turrets and the Locking Side Focus Parallax Adjustment. The reticle is very clean and doesn’t hog most of your vision. Its basically an easier way to shoot longer distances without having to do ballistic based mathematics. The Deadhold BDC reticle features a slightly thicker horizontal and vertical posts that taper down into a duplex based reticle. Unlike the BDC reticle, the Nikoplex reticle has fine crosshairs in the middle. It features slightly wider and darker horizontal and vertical posts, that narrow down to a finer line with a duplex based crosshair. You certainly can, and Vortex even has a BDC based setting within their BDC manual specifically for the .22 LR caliber. This means you never obscure your target. I went with the Nikoplex reticle which are simple duplex crosshairs. Over the years, I’ve had a number of conversations with customers at my day job who bought a Vortex scope with the BDC reticle and returned to the store to complain that the BDC marks “were not accurate”. You'll be able to dial in distance and wind changes accurately. At one point, it was offered in a standard version and a V-Plex Wide version, but Vortex has since gone back to the standard V-Plex reticle option. Comparison of the Vortex Crossfire II Scopes vs Vortex Diamondback Scopes. Once that has been done, you should be able to use the BDC marks as hold-over points when shooting at targets or game at longer distances. Waxahachie, Texas. Reticles available: BDC, Mil Dot, Nikoplex; Suggested Retail Price: $359 – $369; Range Time. One of the extremely common reticles that you’ll find in hunting rifle scopes. Read on for more details. You should be able to shoot to 800 yards on both models. Class B – The suggested sight in distance is 200 yards. The Vortex Dead-hold BDC will absolutely support the 5.56 or .223 calibers. The Prostaff 5 (see full specs) uses Nikon’s BDC reticle which features unique see-through dots as hold markers. Nothing like success to make a believer out of you. BDC Reticle. If you use the Spot On software, which is free from Nikon, the BDC reticle is very easy to use. Class D Firearms – Vortex identifies the Class D firearms as modern black power rifles in most any caliber. The thicker lines of this reticle give you quick target acquisition. While not specifically designated as “long range” reticle, the BDC functionality of this reticle does offer the shooter the ability to shoot longer distances. Because, Nikon Prostaff 5 3.5-14×40 BDC best rifle scope under 500 is an attractive and awesome new scope for your hunting needs. Class C Firearms – The Class C firearms are rifles chambered in high velocity smaller caliber cartridges like .204 Ruger, .22-250, 6.5 Creedmoor, etc. Get out to 400 or more and I find it useful. Heck, I make the same buying decision with scopes as well. To get a good feel for the Prostaff’s performance, I mounted it on my Ruger MK77 bolt action rifle chambered in .257 Roberts. These riflescopes by Nikon Sport Optics are waterproof, fog-proof and shock-proof. And one last point to mention about BDC reticles in general, just because a BDC reticle platform says that using a specific BDC mark on the reticle to shoot 600 yards, doesn’t always mean that it’s ethical or practical to take a 600 yard shot, especially in a hunting scenario. But, if I were giving advice between the two reticles, I’d say the following: Here are some frequently asked questions that I’ve both heard and read regarding the Vortex V Plex reticle and the Vortex Dead-Hold BDC reticle: The DeadHold BDC reticle is a reticle that features MOA based hash marks on the horizontal and vertical lines of the reticle. Its up to the shooter to test the specific cartridge they shoot (in conjunction with their preferred ammo) up against the recommended BDC hold-over positions to ensure their accuracy. This is a feature or device that helps compensate for the drop of the bullet as it travels specific distances. Posts: 3,502. In my opinion it is not ideal for precision shooting because the crosshairs are thick and cover up a small point of aim. 8x32mm with Nikoplex or BDC reticle, 3-12x42mm with Nikoplex or ... Monarch vs Monarch 3 Rifle Scope - Long Range Hunting Online MagazineAug 28, 2013 ... Been considering getting a Nikon Monarch because of their great value and It can be accessed here: Vortex LRBC. According to the Vortex BDC data, the effective BDC based range for those calibers is 50 yards to a max of 225 yards. I'll shoot at 8 or 10 power. BDC 200 Reticle ; Hand-turn 1/4 MOA Adjustments and Spring-Loaded Instant Zero-Reset Turrets ; Rugged One-inch Aircraft Grade Aluminum Main Tube ; Aluminum Quick Focus Eyepiece and Generous, Consistent Eye Relief ; Read more ; Consumer Score . 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