bullet drop comp scopes

Rooster52

New member
Joined
Feb 18, 2014
Messages
1,818
What is your input on Bullet drop compensating rifle scope ?

I have a few Nikon Buckmaster with BDC. Only own them because they were on a clearance sale.
 

Rancho Loco

Well-known member
Joined
Sep 2, 2010
Messages
1,097
Location
Bozeman, MT
Vx2 3-9x40 with dots is the shizzle. If I'm not doing dials, that's my go to scope.

Burris FFII is a low price leader. I've got a couple of those on beaters and I can't kill them, neither can my buddy - he smashed one pretty good last year and it's looking for more.
 

sbhooper

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 7, 2012
Messages
4,178
Location
North Platte, Nebraska
`I have a Leupold with B&C reticle and Bushnell Elite. They both work very well. I sight them in dead on at 200 yards and then shoot each line at that range. I then go to a ballistics program to figure out where the dead on is for each line/dot. This seems to work perfectly, but you have to know the bc of your bullet and the velocity for it to be exact.

Nikon Buckmasters are good scopes. I have had one on a 6mm for many years and it has been great.
 

ccc23454

Well-known member
Joined
Sep 22, 2010
Messages
1,664
Location
Wyoming
there is a lot more to them than just calculated drop but are very useful. if you know the rough size of your target you can estimate range and also if a second plane scope as many are, they are only accurate for drop at highest power...

C
 

Rancho Loco

Well-known member
Joined
Sep 2, 2010
Messages
1,097
Location
Bozeman, MT
Which is fine with me. If I'm in the open, the scope is twisted to the right stop. If I'm in the timber, it goes to the left stop, and I'm not doing dots.

Who estimates range when we have rangefinders?
 
Last edited:

Rancho Loco

Well-known member
Joined
Sep 2, 2010
Messages
1,097
Location
Bozeman, MT
`I have a Leupold with B&C reticle and Bushnell Elite. They both work very well. I sight them in dead on at 200 yards and then shoot each line at that range. I then go to a ballistics program to figure out where the dead on is for each line/dot. This seems to work perfectly, but you have to know the bc of your bullet and the velocity for it to be exact.

Nikon Buckmasters are good scopes. I have had one on a 6mm for many years and it has been great.

Practice at range is imperative.
 

schmalts

Well-known member
Joined
Aug 22, 2002
Messages
8,834
Location
WI
I like them as much as turning turrets. You just need to remember what magnification that you dialed the gun in was and make sure that is where you are at in the field.
 

Southwind

New member
Joined
May 30, 2007
Messages
1,575
Location
Augusta, KS
I have both and use both (bdc/custom ballistic turret). I have no problem using either, with a bdc you need to match magnification to your load and then practice or confirm the stadia marks. Do not trust published velocities listed on factory ammo.
 

Laelkhunter

Active member
Joined
Dec 6, 2014
Messages
760
Location
New Orleans, La.
I have both and use both (bdc/custom ballistic turret). I have no problem using either, with a bdc you need to match magnification to your load and then practice or confirm the stadia marks. Do not trust published velocities listed on factory ammo.

I used to have a Zeiss with the Rapid Z-800, and it got real confusing about what power for "optimum" and etc. If you had it on 13.5 and it should have been on 8, it would not be as precise. I now have a Swarovski Z5 3.5-18 with the BRH, and all the calculations are done with the scope on 18X. It should only be needed for shots past 300, so the scope being on 18X won't be a problem. The Swaro Ballistic Program is used to enter the data (bullet wt, velocity, altitude,etc) but as Southwind stated, you still need to confirm and verify by shooting at various distances. Lots of variables figure in, so you can't expect a generic crosshair pattern to be an exact match with your cartridge, it has to be fine tuned.

I don't have a scope with the ballistic turret, so I can't comment on them.
 
Last edited:

sbhooper

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 7, 2012
Messages
4,178
Location
North Platte, Nebraska
I figure my lines at max power, as I believe that you don't need them at a lesser power. If I shoot at a 300-yard animal, then the main crosshair will do anyway with my 7 mag. It can be at whatever power that I want. If it is extended range, where I need the drop comp, then I figure that I will have it on max power anyway.

If you try to figure it based on different powers, it can be confusing when the excitement hits. Just figure each line/dot at max power and be done with it.
 

Laelkhunter

Active member
Joined
Dec 6, 2014
Messages
760
Location
New Orleans, La.
I figure my lines at max power, as I believe that you don't need them at a lesser power. If I shoot at a 300-yard animal, then the main crosshair will do anyway with my 7 mag. It can be at whatever power that I want. If it is extended range, where I need the drop comp, then I figure that I will have it on max power anyway.

If you try to figure it based on different powers, it can be confusing when the excitement hits. Just figure each line/dot at max power and be done with it.

Perfectly stated. I could not have said it better (although I tried to).
 

A-con

New member
Joined
Dec 23, 2000
Messages
2,926
Location
Fresno,Ca.
I have a Kahles "TDS" and a Leo "B&C".
Both work well.
The best way to use them, (for me) is to sight in at 400 yards, useing the 400 yard drop mark.
 

mtmuley

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 11, 2009
Messages
8,176
Location
montana
I've never used one of the compensating reticles. Too cluttered for me. I use a turret, and don't have to twist it till past 400 yards anyway. I would like to have windage marks however. mtmuley
 

Forum statistics

Threads
94,600
Messages
1,411,287
Members
29,673
Latest member
GillyCrush
Top