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I just picked up a Simmons 4-12x50 scope in trade and don't really know much about it. The guy I traded with said it was still in the plastic, but of course it shows up with no manual and wraped in a tasco bag. It is marked Pro 50 Plus 4-12x50 A/O VRC Fully Coated Optics as well as range markings for the AO on the forward bell. The elevation turrent appears to be a bullet drop compensator marked from 150 to 500 and marked VRC-2. The power ring is marked like this (No astricks they just make the spacing work out):
D***140***200***250***300***350***400***450***D
E***200***250***325***400***475***525***600***E
A***100***150***200***225***275***300***350***A
*******4******5******6******7******8*****10*****12*****


The bottom number apears to be the power setting but I have no clue what the other numbers mean.
The reticle is your typical duplex with heavy cross hairs that get thin in the midle, however there is an additional horizontal line over the cross hair.

So anybody that can shed any light into what any of these numbers mean, what the extra line in the reticle is for (I'm guessing hold over?)or how to set the zero elevation for the BDC turrent I would appreciate it.
 

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I suspect the BDC has a set screw or allen screw that locks it and needs to be loosened then moved to zero and retightened once 100 yd zero is established.

Okay, I am gonna take a stab at those numbers on the power ring. My guess is they are ranging aids that relate to the two horizontal strata wires. Put the object between the wires. Adjust the power until the wires are just touching the top and bottom and read the corresponding distance.

Now the three values... My guess is they represent three different object sizes like the chest height of a whitetail deer, an elk and maybe an antelope - D E A?

Hey, I tried....

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I've got one of those.

Charlie xray is correct. The DEA is for deer,elk, and antelope. The idea is you start on 4 power and increase the magnification until the animals body/chest fills the area between the two lines and then you look at the power setting and get the distance.Not sure if I'm being clear, say you turned it up to 8 power to get the deer to fill up the space, the D line at 8 power says 350 so that deer is 350 yards from you.

Your scope should have a turret style elevation adjustment with numbers on it.If I remember right mine came with a regular cap also. If you don't have the turret style you need to get it from the seller or Simmons.The turret cap is numbered from 150 to 500, you sight your rifle in at 150 and then take the cap off and reposition it so it is at 150. Now to shoot your deer you turn the cap until it is at 350 aim dead on( at any power setting for the scope by the way) and bang venison.GI6
I know that this won't always work in hunting(or combat) but when you don't have time you just use it like any other variable scope. And it is kind of fun to just dial up a new zero when your out plinking.
Hope this make sense and helps, if not ask questions and I'll try again.
 

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Okay, what did I win?

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