The 300 AAC Blackout cartridge has rapidly gained acceptance from the nation’s tactical, competition, hunting and personal defense communities. This extremely versatile cartridge is capable of providing both supersonic and subsonic velocities that result in vastly different performance characteristics. New for 2014, Trijicon has expanded its reticle offerings for the 300 Blackout in its most popular ACOG models, the 3.5×35 and 4×32. The 4×32 model will feature the Blackout reticle in both the tritium/fiber optic and LED versions.
The new 300 Blackout reticles are equipped with merged aiming points that are optimized for simplicity and efficiency. The supersonic BDC (out to 600 yards) has been merged with the subsonic BDC (out to 200 yards) to provide one set of aiming points for both types of ammunition. These reticles allow users to instantly switch between supersonic and subsonic ammunition without having to re-zero the optic. Additionally, these BDC reticles are not limited to one or two specific bullet weights; once properly zeroed, the majority of commonly available ammunition will fall within the 2 MOA diamond aiming points.
Utilizing standard 16-inch barrel velocities, the 3.5×35 and 4×32 300 blackout models have drops designed to be calibrated with both supersonic (110gr – 125gr) and subsonic (174gr – 240gr) ammunition Zero the scope with supersonic ammunition at 100 yards using the center of the crosshair. The bottom tip of the crosshair serves as the 200 yard supersonic aiming point. The ballistic drop compensator (BDC) diamonds represent the supersonic hold-overs for 300 yds, 400 yds, 500 yds and 600 yds.
For subsonic ammunition, the diamonds serve as the aiming points for targets from 25-50yds, 100yds, 150yds, and 200yds respectively.
The drops (in MOA) for each aiming point are provided for users who wish to develop their own handloads, or for those who wish to deviate from the recommended zero distances or 16” barrel length.
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