Nikon Introduces Breakthrough BDC Riflescope Reticle

Posted on 13 December 2009 by Tom Wiley

Nikon has announced a new reticle designed to be used in conjunction with its popular laser rangefinders to provide hunters with an easy-to-use system for determining proper long-range shot placement on animals.

The new Nikon BDC (Bullet Drop Compensating) is actually a trajectory-compensating reticle designed and calibrated to provide fast, simple aiming points for various shot distances. This unique system integrates a series of small “ballistic circles”—each subtending 2” @ 100 yards— allowing unimpeded lines of sight to even small targets.

Nikon’s BDC is designed to be used with most standard centerfire cartridges with typical bullet weights, providing aiming points out to 500 yards, with a 100-yard sight-in. With Magnum cartridges and typical bullet weights, the same scopes with BDC reticles offer aiming points out to 600 yards, with a 200-yard sight-in.

After sighting-in the crosshair at 100 or 200 yards with the highest magnification, determine the distance to the target and use the appropriate ballistic circle. Verify the aiming points by shooting at actual, measured distances.

Mastering the art of long-range shooting has always been one of the greatest challenges for the hunter. Determining the correct hold-point on an animal at long range has a lot to do with the velocity of a cartridge, bullet weight and ballistic coefficient—or science—and little to do with luck or guess work.  While there is no substitute for practice, Nikon’s new BDC reticle— particularly when used with a Nikon Laser Rangefinder—can provide the necessary edge in determining proper shot placement at a variety of known distances. Nikon’s BDC reticle is available in the following scopes, Monarch Gold 2.5-10×50, Monarch 3-9×40, Monarch 3.5-10×50, Monarch 4-12×40, Monarch 5.5-16.5×44, Monarch 6.5-20×44, Buckmasters 3-9×40, Buckmasters 4.5-14×40, Buckmasters 6-18×40 and ProStaff 3-9×40.

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Nikon Inc. is the U.S. distributor of Nikon sports and recreational optics, world-renowned Nikon 35mm cameras, digital cameras, speedlights and accessories, Nikkor lenses and electronic imaging products. For more information on the new BDC reticle, plus information on Nikon’s full line of Riflescopes, Laser Rangefinders, Binoculars, Fieldscopes and Spotting Scopes, write:  Nikon Sport Optics, 1300 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, NY 11747-3064 or call 1-800-248-6846.

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