On Target: What is a Ballistic Reticle?

What is a ballistic reticle? It's one of the latest innovations that's gaining popularity and will help you become a better shot.

One of the most intimidating and challenging aspects of long-range shooting is understanding holdover. Knowing how to use ballistic reticles makes that a much simpler task.


In this video, North American Whitetail's Pat Hogan answers the question of what is a ballistic reticle and explains why they can be a benefit to deer hunters.



In short, a ballistic reticle is a scope reticle that includes multiple aiming points in the sight picture. Once you've zeroed your rifle or muzzleloader (they even make shotgun models), you can then use the ballistic reticle for precise aiming at different distances.

Using Nikon's SpotOn application, you input the specific ballistic information for your gun and ammo choice and create custom charts for the reticle, making extended range shooting much simpler.


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