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Old 02-06-2018, 08:03 AM
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School me on "1st focal plane" versus "2nd focal plane" when it comes to scopes. I have a Bergara HMR in 6.5Creedmoor on the way and am looking for the proper path to optics. I understand how each works in regards to magnification of reticle versus magnification of target...but I need to know the actual pros and cons of each when getting technical.

I'm intimately familiar with fairly long distances in hunting...I use Zeiss with the RapidZ reticle, so the guesswork is pretty much already done, I just need to know how far it is. Haven't done any technical stuff however. This is just going to be a fun gun.

Thanks in advance!
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Originally Posted by ParatusMS View Post
School me on "1st focal plane" versus "2nd focal plane" when it comes to scopes. I have a Bergara HMR in 6.5Creedmoor on the way and am looking for the proper path to optics. I understand how each works in regards to magnification of reticle versus magnification of target...but I need to know the actual pros and cons of each when getting technical.

I'm intimately familiar with fairly long distances in hunting...I use Zeiss with the RapidZ reticle, so the guesswork is pretty much already done, I just need to know how far it is. Haven't done any technical stuff however. This is just going to be a fun gun.

Thanks in advance!
go over to snipershide.com. that would be a better place to help you out.
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Originally Posted by ParatusMS View Post
School me on "1st focal plane" versus "2nd focal plane" when it comes to scopes. I have a Bergara HMR in 6.5Creedmoor on the way and am looking for the proper path to optics. I understand how each works in regards to magnification of reticle versus magnification of target...but I need to know the actual pros and cons of each when getting technical.

I'm intimately familiar with fairly long distances in hunting...I use Zeiss with the RapidZ reticle, so the guesswork is pretty much already done, I just need to know how far it is. Haven't done any technical stuff however. This is just going to be a fun gun.

Thanks in advance!
Ive heard close in can be hard to see the reticle with second focal plane but I'm not an expert by any means, agree on the sniper forums

Let us know how that gun is, people are raving about it in all the forums
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Get a first focal plane.
The reticle appears to change in size as the scope is zoomed in and out. This makes the reticle accurate throughout the range of the scope. Mil or moa dots stay accurate.

Second focal plane the reticle stays the same size and is only accurate at one power setting. This makes the mil or moa dots accurate at one setting.

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