Leupold’s Combat Competition Hunter Reticle: Multi-Purpose Perfection?

The CCH reticle is a mil-based hold over-type of reticle that is practically brand new to Leupold’s reticle line up. This first focal plane reticle has features that help with hold over, ranging, and moving targets that are accurate at any magnification setting, living up to its name, Combat Competition Hunter.

The 6.5-20X50 LRP scope that I reviewed came with Leupold’s new first focal plane Combat Competition Hunter (CCH) reticle. There hasn’t been a lot of information put out about the CCH so I felt that this was a good opportunity to explain the features of the reticle as I see them. The first thing that you’ll notice is that the CCH resembles some other well-known hold-over reticles, but that’s about where the similarities end.

Unlike most hold-over reticles the CCH breaks down into .25 mil increments as opposed to .2 mil increments. When you consider that this reticle was created for combat, competition, and hunting scenarios you realize that it was made for fast, accurate holds, sometimes done under stress. In those situations, if your data says you need 2.3 mils of elevation do you worry about getting a perfect 2.3 mil hold over? No, you hold 2.25 mils on the CCH reticle and let it eat. That .05 mil difference is negligible really and will still result in a hit on target. Laying the reticle out in .25 mil increments and making all of the little reticle intersections open further helps lessens the clutter and blocks less of the target. This was a common complaint about many other hold-over reticles that were described as looking through a fly swatter or screen door.

Another distinctive feature of the CCH reticle are the chevrons located to left and right of the vertical axis.  I could find no specific information about these chevrons other than they are spaced 1.6 mils and 3.2 mils from the center. Considering the design intent of the reticle I can only imagine these can be used as quick reference points for ranging and moving target leads. For hunting, you can use the chevrons to bracket an animal and help determine the range based on its length or width. In terms of target leads, the inner and outer chevrons could roughly correspond to the hold needed for a target moving about 3 fps and 7.5 fps respectively. You’ll have to do your homework prior to going out of course to see how those chevrons relate to your ammunition and intended target, but they can be handy tools.

With the magnification turned all the way down on the first focal plane reticle the large triangular stadia at 12, 3, and 9 take over and create an easy to see the aiming point. The numbers on the fringes of the hold-over reticle are still visible so in theory you can still hold over if you need to but don’t count on seeing the .25 subtensions. Overall, I enjoyed using this reticle very much and consider it the must-have option if you get the 6.5-20 and 8.5-25 LRP scopes, perfect for the long range hunter or shooter. 

Read the full review of Leupold’s LRP scope HERE.

About the author: Ian Kenney Ian is a lifelong firearms enthusiast and veteran of the Global War on Terror. For over a decade, he has been actively competing in precision rifle and action shooting competitions. Ian has also contributed to multiple online publications, covering general firearms topics, precision rifles, and helping to improve the skills of shooters.

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  • Jim88 October 1, 2018, 11:16 am

    Precision reticles make sense for the well practiced shooters. That said I’m sure this reticle can work pretty well with good ambient light. No risk shooting on paper is fine all the time. But for hunting I’d just like to know how well I would perform on a low light background at dawn or dusk. (With this or any similar product).

  • NeoBlackdog October 1, 2018, 7:56 am

    Let me state first off that I am a diehard Leupold fan. That said, this looks like a cluttered up mess to me. It might be fine for a military sniper set up in a fixed position with known ranges to various points, but for the average hunter it’s nothing more than a confusing mess.
    If you need to use that type of holdover on your targets you should probably learn better stalking skills and get closer to your quarry.

    • Julia December 23, 2019, 10:56 am

      Sometimes, stalking closer to your prey is not possible. If you have hunted long range in the Rockies, you will know what I mean.

      • Paul April 12, 2020, 9:13 pm

        Julia, you said exactly what I was thinking. Beat me to it. I live in Colorado. Hunt all big game species here, and this CCH reticle is a game changer. Used to use a simple duplex, but never again.

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