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I've not shot long range, but my one thought regarding BDCs is...yeah, you've accounted for drop, but what about wind? If you're shooting at any distance, that should be a concern, no?
You have heard from the experts, and I defer to their superior skills and knowledge. I read all of the negatives and understood them well, before I purchased a BDC. I now have four of them, but not because they are the best choice for shooting beyond 100 yards.My reasoning is that, since I grew up understanding the basics of bullet drop, and applying 'Kentucky windage,' as they called it when I was a kid, the BDC was an improvement over the simple crosshair. The men who taught me understood about holding off of the bulls eye so that the wind would drift it over, and holding over the bulls eye for longer shots, so that it would drop in at the extended range. None of the people whom I learned from ever owned a scope, and only a couple of them could consistently hit small targets beyond 300 yards. All of them had occasionally guessed windage and elevation correctly, and were regularly able to surprise the uninitiated (me) with some of the shots they made. I tended to remember their successes, and forget their failures.All you really gain from a BDC is the additional reference points on the vertical axis, unless you happen to have ammo that is ballistically matched to the reticle. I understand that 55 grain ammo in .223 fits certain BDC reticles pretty well, but I've never seen it, to know for sure. Personally, I use my rifles mostly for whitetail deer hunting, although like everyone else, I spend many hours on the range, preparing to fire one or two shots a year, hunting, which makes me fit the description of 'hobbyist' better than 'hunter' or 'shooter.' The BDC retical provides reference points that can aid a shooter, if he practices enough to remember how to use them at differencet ranges and different magnifications. This works OK, out to about 300 yards. I've never tried it beyond that, but obviously, it's efficiency is going to decline as the range gets longer. My longest shot on a whitetail is about 120 yards, so obviously, I neglect my practice for longer ranges. But I have experimented out to 300 yards, and I know the BDC is workable, if I ever need to use it enough to put in some more practice.All I'm saying is that the BDC is not useless, in every case.
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