Author Topic: First Focal Plane vs. Second Focal Plane  (Read 1902 times)

Offline StevenTing

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First Focal Plane vs. Second Focal Plane
« on: October 07, 2012, 09:11:10 PM »
So I had my first experience with a FFP reticle this weekend.  I've read a little about them but I think I like it.  The scopes are a little more expensive.  Anyone else have experience with them?  I know there are some advantages to them but I'd like to know from those that use them often.

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First Focal Plane vs. Second Focal Plane
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2012, 10:57:28 PM »
My brother in law just pick up a leupold mark 4 with ffp as soon as he got back from Kuwait.  And it's great. When you zoom your mils stay the same. If your willing to spend a lil extra it's worth it.

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Re: First Focal Plane vs. Second Focal Plane
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2012, 09:38:31 AM »
The downside for me is that your reticle gets larger as you zoom up.  If you use the mildots to range with, then ffp is the way to go.
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Re: First Focal Plane vs. Second Focal Plane
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2012, 08:46:51 PM »
The downside for me is that your reticle gets larger as you zoom up.  If you use the mildots to range with, then ffp is the way to go.

I understand the reticle gets larger as you zoom.  But why is that a downside?  Wouldn't that provide for more clarity when preparing to shoot?

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Re: First Focal Plane vs. Second Focal Plane
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2012, 04:03:19 PM »
The larger reticle obscures more of the target = potential for less precision.   In some cases/targets, this may not matter. 
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Re: First Focal Plane vs. Second Focal Plane
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2012, 09:30:58 PM »
FFP are great for fast "tactical" type shooting, if you do a lot of quick holds for drop and wind compensation. Chris is right as you increase magnification the size of the reticle, including thickness, increases. This can obscure your target if it is small enough. I personally use the Vortex Razor which has a .1 mil open center thus eliminating this issues. But their Viper PST FFP does not have this feature and with a .06 mil thick reticle would cover a prairie dog @ about 1000 yards, there again not really an issue for most.

If the extra cost is worth it depends on how much you will use it and of course the bad ass factor