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Leupold CDS Dial
And Custom Reticle

By Keith Wood

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very hunter has his or her own
idea of what constitutes "long
range." If you live in New England, you may consider 
yards a long shot. Wyoming
residents might think  yards is pushing
the envelope. For me, any shot that falls
beyond my rifle's maximum point blank
range-i.e., a shot that requires me to
adjust my aim to account for bullet drop-
is long. I'm not trying to start an ethical
debate about purposefully taking long
shots when the opportunity to get closer
exists; I'm talking about the real-world
problem of effectively compensating for
bullet drop when closing the distance
isn't possible. Leupold offers some highly
effective products that make life easier
when these shots present themselves.
To compensate for bullet drop, you
have two options: turret or reticle. Dialing
for range involves changing the setting of
your scope's elevation turret to account
for the bullet's trajectory. It's precise and
it works. Though several turret styles are
available on Leupold's tactical and target
scopes, the Custom Dial System () is
the one designed with hunters in mind.
Available as a factory option on many
Leupold models and as a Custom Shop
addition to a number of existing, already
purchased scopes, the  replaces the

elevation turret cap with a low-profile,
click-adjustable dial.
A standard dial based on minutes of
angle () allows the user to adjust for
any range with any given load in . increments. Using a ballistic table
or a ballistic app on your smartphone to
determine bullet drop, dial the needed
elevation and hold dead-on. While this is
great on the range, it could get tricky in
the field, where game doesn't often stand
around waiting for you to do the math. For
this reason, the Leupold Custom Shop will

  ❘

create a dial for your exact hunting load
that makes the process painfully simple.
You provide Leupold with specific
data on your factory round or handload,
such as bullet type and weight, ballistic
coefficient, muzzle velocity, temperature
and elevation (I use averages for the environmental conditions), and the Custom
Shop sends you a dial calibrated from 
to  yards or from  to  yards.
Once it's zeroed, simply dial the range to
the target and hold dead-on vertically.
You still have to account for wind if it's
going to be a factor, but the  takes
care of holdover. I've tested the  on
three scopes and four rifles out to 
yards, and it works as advertised. One
technique I've learned is the farther you
can fine-tune the dial's zero ( yards is
my preference), the more precise your hits
will be at the longer ends of the envelope.
If the dial isn't for you, Leupold also
offers the rugged simplicity of a custom
reticle. Provide the same load and environmental data stated previously, and the
Custom Shop will make you a specific
reticle with aiming dots that correspond
to various distances. If you need to make
a shot at  yards, put the -yard dot
on the target, hold for wind, and squeeze
the trigger. Though it's not quite as precise
as the  dial because it can't be adjusted
for the exact range to the target, the custom reticle is as fast as it gets.

 ❘ .


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