Took my shiny new, optics equipped service rifle down to Quantico for fleet week to give it a work out.
Some quick observations. I am using the VXR 1-4 with a SPR-G reticle.
1. My zeros were 100% and my windage changes went where I expected.
2. The back berm is where it mattered the most. Today was just me vs the wind. As opposed to me vs my eyes. When the math was right the shot went where it should. Best of all after the string my eyes didn’t hurt.
2. I like the dot. There has been a lot of speculation on the right reticle. At least for me it doesn’t seem to matter. I put the green dot in the middle of the black dot and squeaze.
3. Hold off. There was some crazy shifting wind at 600 today. I was able to hold off when I could see the conditions changing. In theory this can be done with irons but it seemed much simpler to me with optics. With the light conditions I could just make out some of the scoring rings and was able to slice up the black for windage in a pinch.
4. Seeing the spotter. This one is minor but I’ve been using the rifle scope to see my last shot instead of my Konus. Shoot #1 > load > see shot #1 > make needed changes >take shot #2 > plot shot #1. While a little goofy at first this way, I am able to use the time the target is down to plot my shot in my score book.
Bottom line: I like it. For me it seems to make a difference and be worth any trade offs at least for now. I posted a 458/500 which is my best EIC so far, even with a Hail Mary in sitting.
Let’s see what I say after tomorrow’s match as they are calling for rain!