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Here are to reviews of this scope, one by Bill Meyers and another mine.  We were not comparing notes and working on these independently, so it is pretty neat to see two independent assessment go live at about the same time:



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Great reviews. When you said you were going to complain about the reticle, I assumed it was TMR or CCH or Tremor3. I was surprised you didn't like the H59 - seems like the best of the MRAD tree reticles Leupold offers. I'm contemplating purchasing a Mark5HD H59, but before I do, I'd like to hear more about why you don't like H59, and what features you look for in a tree reticle.
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Originally posted by SageRatSafaris SageRatSafaris wrote:

Great reviews. When you said you were going to complain about the reticle, I assumed it was TMR or CCH or Tremor3. I was surprised you didn't like the H59 - seems like the best of the MRAD tree reticles Leupold offers. I'm contemplating purchasing a Mark5HD H59, but before I do, I'd like to hear more about why you don't like H59, and what features you look for in a tree reticle.

I have not seen any Horus reticles that I liked.  H59 is not the worst of them though.  I dislike Tremor reticles even more.

Leupold's CCH is a little better, but not by much.  

I think all of these are unnecessarily busy with the grid blocking too much of the FOV.
Primary aiming point is not sufficiently well defined.
The grid going so far down at low magnification is just stupid, IMO.

Let's take H59.  Under what circumstances do you need 38mrad of the vertical span of the grid on 4x? 

On lower magnification, it looks like a very fine mosquito net that is not visible enough to make a decent aiimng point, but is visible enough to make it hard to see.  It is kinda like the worst of both worlds.

If they took the top 12 mrad or so of the reticle, added a few thick bars for low light visibility on low power and got rid ov ereverything else, I would like it a lot more.

Practical considerations aside, Horus has some of the most dishonest marketing in the gun and optics world and that is a very difficult bar to clear, since marketing departments of all the major scope companies seem to be filled with semi-literate snake oil salesmen.

The guy who originated Horus brand was just a lying sack of manure best I can tell, although now that Nightforce owns them, perhaps they will go about things differently.

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I've tried, very hard, to like the Horus reticles, not much success.  However, the H59 is a favorite of that type.  I'm still trying to find a way to like the Tremor.  It is not a favorite, though I TRIED to "make it so..."
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