Right you are, though there are some pretty cool non-standard reticles that have enough elements that stand out and guide the eye to center, and as you zoom in get out of the way when magnified. SWFA's donut on their 1-6 hd, or the nightforce NX8 1-8 being good examples for what they are, even if not fitting the OP's end use criteria.Unless it’s a non-standard reticle, any FFP that’s bold at minimum magnification is probably going to be unreasonably bold at max magnification.
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If you like to keep it simple, that would be the SWFA SS 10Xx42 or 12X42 with MIL turrets and reticle.Yes, I have watched a great many videos on the CDOES YouTube channel. He really does an excellent job. So helpful.
When I think of a DMR optic, I think lightweight, with a low end between 2x and 3x and a high end between 10x and 12x, an optic that is easy to get behind and has good field of view and depth of field, and a basic MIL reticle that is usable and bold at the low end. All the other features and optional.
Just trying to find the right one.
Not if you're going to use it at maximum magnification, that does suck. I would rather have had it stop at 8x. You can always just set it to 8x, but there is some value being able to just push the zoom ring/lever to the end position.The only really bad thing about the 2.5x-10 is that C_DOES on YT shows that the image quality above 8x really goes bad. That’s not good.