Leupold Optics has designed the Mark 5HD line of riflescopes to be the ideal offering for a competition-oriented shooter. I’d also argue that the Mark 5HD product line is the perfect match to a high-end, long-range rifle for the western hunter. I say this because these scopes have proven themselves on my own hunts to be incredibly durable, dependable, and lightweight for the features that they are packed to the brim with. In both scenarios, a clear sight picture, quick and easy holdovers, and dependability are paramount. Leupold has a brand new reticle that improves all of these aspects of a shot, the PR2-MIL reticle.
The PR2 offering comes in both MIL and MOA variants and I have the MIL option that I’ve been playing with. Leupold also offers 6 other reticles in the Mark 5HD riflescopes that I am aware of: TMR, CCH, H59, Tremor 3, Impact-60, and PR-1 which was my previous favorite.
Whether it’s hunting or competitive shooting, precision matters. I’ve grown quite fond of the floating dot that both the PR-1 and PR2 reticles feature. This floating dot provides a distinct point of aim while also allowing an unhindered sight picture around this aiming point. When the riflescope is on low magnification ranges, this open point of aim can be superimposed over targets, or you can crank the magnification up to better see this floating dot due to the growing and shrinking properties of the first focal plane (FFP) design.
The PR2-MIL reticle is a hybrid of the drop-down, “Christmas tree” reticle and the bland, yet clutterless, more traditional style. Wind holds are provided for holdovers up to 10 MILs. This is (almost) enough for even 308 Winchester (tongue in cheek, of course) to reach 1,000 yards.
I could go into detail about how to read this reticle, but writing how to read this reticle gets incredibly dense and tough to interpret. Instead, I’ll leave this to you with the graphic explaining the values of the PR2-MIL reticle below:
Preferences on reticles vary A TON, but I think that the PR2-MIL reticle has found a great balance between usability and cleanliness which will help any shooter where fractions of a second matter. I’ve been using this reticle on an Allterra Arms Convergence in 6.5 PRC, with which, I’ll continue to use and test this reticle out in the field.