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where you can plug in your data on the
Web then the program provides values
for hold-over lines for your scope, rifle
and ammo.
The way they work is simple. There is
a series of extra horizontal lines along the
descending vertical wire that provide multiple aiming points for holding over for long
range. They are set with specific spacing.
Some use milliradian spacing (mils) while
others try to adjust for the external ballistics
for the most popular cartridges. Because
most American-style hunting scopes place
the reticle in the second focal plane so that
it does not change size as you zoom the
power up or down, the data is only relevant
at one magnification, usually the highest.
However, that too can be adjusted. For
example, Swarovski's online calculator lets
you select the magnification you want to
use before it runs the calculations. By turning down the power, you can increase the
distance the scope will allow you to shoot
with the reticle aiming points. Of course,
the first focal plane reticles popular in some
European hunting scopes and on a lot of
tactical scopes maintain the same perspective throughout the magnification range, so
the hold-over distances do not vary.

The advantage of this type of reticle
is that it is extremely fast to use in the
field. You don't need to do any math or
move any dials. Yet it is very precise and
there is little or no guesswork. Obviously,
if the target is not exactly at one of the prescribed distances you will need to make
some adjustments. But it's a lot easier with
multiple aiming points than with just one
aiming point. For example: your settings
are for -yard increments and the deer
is at  yards. If you bracket with the
- and -yard lines and favor just a
bit high to allow for the acceleration of
drop due to gravity, you will be fine-at
least in theory. With any of these methods
you must prove the data at the range.

Check Your Work

All this, whether you dial up or use a ballistic reticle, involves math. Now, the math
will get you close when shooting, but there
are simply too many variables to be exact.
You must shoot your rifle at each distance
to know for sure if the math is correct. It
almost always is not. It will be close, but
you need to fine-tune by shooting.
Your ballistic program may indicate
you need to dial up  clicks to impact

at  yards, but the reality will likely
be something different. That's because
of many factors, not the least of which
is how ballistic programs must make
assumptions on things like ballistic coefficient; elevation; ambient weather conditions; barometric pressure; the angle of
the shot; bullet velocity and more. Most
of those change day to day and certainly
from gun to gun and location to location.
It's the same with ballistic reticles. The
program may indicate the third line down
is for a -yard hold, but the reality will
probably prove that to be incorrect. You
won't know until you shoot and shoot
a lot. Make sure you practice at various
distances on various days. After you turn
a lot of cartridges into empty brass you
will begin to understand that shooting
at long range involves a lot of variables.
Until you understand and can adjust for
those variables, you should confine your
shooting to targets, not animals.
On the other hand, shooting at long
range is a lot of fun. If you don't enjoy
it enough to get out and practice on a
regular basis, you probably should not
call yourself a long-range shooter. Perhaps
another term might apply, like "golfer." ah

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