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Old 11-05-2012, 06:01 AM   #1
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Default Scope for a .300 WSM - Nikon 4-12x40 - Nikoplex or BOC?

I'm looking to change from a 3-9x40 Nikon Prostaff to a 4-12x40 Nikon Prostaff for my .300 WSM, as I'll be doing some longer distance shooting.

I am not sure of what specific advantages the BDC may have over the Nikoplex when reaching out from about 300 to 600 yards and was hoping someone could provide some insight.

I'd appreciate helpful replies.

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It has yardage markers for most basic magnum cartridges. First dot down is like 300, next is like 400, 600 and such. If you look up the reticle it will tell you precisely. It allows you to know pretty close where to hold over wo having to rough guess on where to put the reticles.

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I bought a Nikon Monarch years ago when they first came out with a BDC reticle for my Ruger #1 300WM. It took a lot of time shooting the rifle at different ranges to find out where each O mark in the scope really shot at. IMO,All of these types of scopes are just an advertising ploy.
I would rather just know my ballistics for the bullet I'm shooting,and dial in the scope to whatever range it needed to be adjusted to.I can do that just as fast.

My choice would be for the Nikonplex reticle,and then learn your ballistics for your gun.

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I bought a Nikon Monarch years ago when they first came out with a BDC reticle for my Ruger #1 300WM. It took a lot of time shooting the rifle at different ranges to find out where each O mark in the scope really shot at. IMO,All of these types of scopes are just an advertising ploy.
I would rather just know my ballistics for the bullet I'm shooting,and dial in the scope to whatever range it needed to be adjusted to.I can do that just as fast.

My choice would be for the Nikonplex reticle,and then learn your ballistics for your gun.
Exactly. Either learn your ballistics or get a GOOD mildot.
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the BDC has its place and when it works out right can be great. if your not willing to spend tons of hours shooting at different distances, using lots of ammo. its probly the better idea to learn your rifle, and get the nikoplex.

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The problem w/ most, if not all BDC scopes is the horizontal lines intended to show different distances cover the target basicly making them useless. Shepard makes a better system that still allows you to see your target, alhough is is in no way perfect.

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The problem w/ most, if not all BDC scopes is the horizontal lines intended to show different distances cover the target basicly making them useless. Shepard makes a better system that still allows you to see your target, alhough is is in no way perfect.
Bushnells DOA reticle is better as well.
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Sub, If you utilize Nikon's Spot On Ballistic Program, it will give you very accurate distance for your BDC circles when you enter all your shooting data into the program. Best of all it's free. Go to Nikonhunting.com, click Spot On, register ( over 1,000,000 registered users), enter your data and away you go. I have used Nikon's BDC reticle scope since it came out 8 years ago, Spot On makes it much more acurate. I have them on all of my hunting rifles now. Once you range a target, choosing the correct circle is easy. Thus far my longest shot is 427 yards. 1 shot stop on Ks. whitetail. The PROSTAFF 4-12 BDC is what I have on my son's and father in law's rifles. Both did very well last year with multiple deer and all 1 shot stops. Check out Spot On, I think you will be impressed. The subtension of the circle is 1.5 inches at 100 yards or 6 inches at 400 yards. I hope this post helps ?

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Thanks for the feedback.

I was looking at a Prostaff today and they also showed me a Monarch, which had a side "focus / distance" adjustment knob on it.

I really did not understand what that did. Is it some kind of range-finder?

Lots to learn before I make a final choice.

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