I recently spent some time with one of the new FFP Leupolds – the Mark 4 4.5-14X50. I have absolutely been converted to a few things when it comes to optics for a “precision” rifle (funny, I expect ALL of my rifles to be precise!) :
Having the reticle and the target image being in the front focal plane means they in a 1 to 1 ratio. This means that for ranging or holovers at distance it doesn’t matter what power you have the scope on unlike a SFP reticle where you typically have to be on the highest power setting.
Mil based reticle
I grew up with inches and MOA being an American but have been converted to Mils as it just seems easier and more consistent.
If you have a reticle that has markings for holdovers or ranging, then why on earth would anyone make a scope that doesn’t have a turret that matches?
Having a Mildot scope with 1/4 MOA turrets just doesn’t make any sense.
Leupold responds to the demand for FFP/Mil/MIL
I was quite happy to get to test the new Leupold scope, the TMR reticle is a Mil based reticle that has hash marks instead of dots. This makes for more precision at extended ranges as the dots tend to cover and obscure the target.
I also like the small clear opening at the center of the crosshairs, this makes it really easy to be ultra precise. I can put a bullet hole at 100 yards in paper then hammer that same hole.
I tested the scope many times out to 1000 yards.
I tested the turrets and they absolutely tracked true.
If I needed 3 mils of correction, I dialed it in, fired, and connected.
Returning back down 3 mils would be the bullet back on target.
The turrets are very crisp and have a definite feel to them.
The glass on the new Leupold Mark 4 has their Extended Twilight coatings and had execptional clarity and resolution into low, low light. I think Leupold has really made great improvements in their glass quality lately. I also liked that the scope was fairly compact and light for a tactical scope.
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View of TMR reticle at 1K (note, this was on a SFP Mark 4 4.5-14×50)