If you are looking for a hunting rifle scope that can offer some of the range-finding and shot-placement features of a true tactical scope, but without having to totally re-educate yourself on how to use the scope, the versatile 3-9x40mm M40 Tactical Hunter Scope may be the ticket.
The basis for this scope is the Hi-Lux Optics re-creation of the Vietnam era M40 USMC sniper scope. What made this scope so “hi-tech” back in the 1960’s was its simple ranging system, which was easy to learn and reasonably accurate.
The Hi-Lux Optics re-creation is better than “authentic”, boasting a new lens coatings that makes images far brighter and sharper as well as a new etched glass ranging scale that is more precise and reliable than the original.
For today’s hunter, Hi-Lux Optics has incorporated a Bullet Drop Compensating reticle with short cross-bar hold-over aiming points on the lower vertical cross-hair for those shots at 200 to 500 yards.
Hi-Lux Optics chose to base the location of the longer range cross-bar aiming points on the trajectory of .308 Winchester Match ammo. Sighted 2 inches high at 100 yards, the BDC reticle will keep hits in the kill zone of any North American big game animal out to 600 yards.
For the hunter who is willing to do some shooting to determine where a particular rifle, load, bullet and velocity combo prints on with the BDC hold-over bars of this scope, the M40 Tactical Hunter just could be the most practical and useful hunting scope you could ever mount on a hunting rifle – no matter if it is chambered for .223 Remington, .300 Winchester Short Magnum, or even .45-70 cartridges. This scope, ranging system, and BDC reticle is compatible with rifles chambered for just about every popular big game cartridge…the shooter just has to do some “homework” on the range to determine where those long range hold-over marks print bullet impact down range.