This article contains affiliate links.

This is the edited down audio podcast version of my recent stream with Jeff Gurwitch and Ilya Koshkin about reticles.In that edition of Marksman Live, the conversation covered a huge swathe of topics, and had a lengthy Q&A session at the end. In all, it was nearly two hours.

This edited down version covers the highlights of the conversation and gets you the goods in a bit over 20 minutes. Keep it in your pocket for future reference!

Keep in mind that the stream also included a lot of visual elements, including pictures of reticles, example optics, and questions popping up on the screen that we were responding to. I took most of that out from the edited version so that it wasn’t confusing, but if something caught your attention you can go back and check the stream recording itself.

Don’t forget to check out the respective channels for Ilya and Jeff.

Key Takeaways

When it comes down to it, there isn’t really a “right” answer to this question. Jeff rightly brings up that a BDC dominates when speed is of the essence, a sentiment I’ve heard many times from combat veterans. 

On the other hand, Ilya explains that the deviation between a BDC and MRAD reticle, especially within 500 yards, is too small to worry about. So an MRAD-based reticle gives you more flexibility for precision without making it much more difficult to shoot.

I think there’s an argument to be made for BDC reticles being suited for inexperienced shooters who just need a “hold here and pull the trigger” marking. 

In the end, my main takeaway is that in this class of optic, a prism or LPVO, the reticle choice between BDC or MRAD is secondary to other functions of the scope like optical performance, durability, and illumination.

Matt

Matt

Matt is the primary author and owner of The Everyday Marksman. He's former military officer turned professional tech sector trainer. He's a lifelong learner, passionate outdoorsman, and steadfast supporter of firearms culture.
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email

Support
The Everyday Marksman

The Everyday Marksman is primarily funded by readers like you. The Everyday Marksman is primarily funded by readers like you. If you like what you're reading, then please consider helping the site out.
Buy a Round

Discussion

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

0 Comments

Support
The Everyday Marksman

The Everyday Marksman is primarily funded by readers like you. If you like what you're reading, then please consider helping the site out.
Buy a Round

Adventure Awaits

+ Newsletter
+ New Content Alerts
+ Deals and Sales

Subscribe now

Affiliate Links

Or...How The Everyday Marksman Makes Money

I would write for the site and produce content for free if it was practical, but domains, webspace, and other online services cost money. Not to mention practice ammo and gear to review.

So what is an affiliate link? There are times where I link to specific products or companies that I recommend. If you click on the link and buy something, then I receive a small commission, typically 4% to 5% of the sale.

It’s not much, but it adds up over time.

Some Frequently Asked Questions:

No, my commission comes at no additional cost to you. It’s simply an arrangement I have with the retailer.

My primary goal is providing you with quality information and recommendations. I often link to products and companies that I receive nothing from because I genuinely think it’s a good product.

If I can also get a percentage from a retailer selling the product, then great, but it’s not a primary motivator.

Check out my affiliate disclosure page, which has a bit more information. You can find that by clicking on this link.

The Everyday Marksman is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for website owners to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com, audible.com, and any other website that may be affiliated with Amazon Service LLC Associates Program.