Nightforce reticles are etched on precision multi-coated glass. This ensures exact alignment and eliminates
breakage. All Nightforce scopes are equipped with reticle illumination that aids
in creating the ideal contrast with the target regardless of the
ambient light level. This type of reticle is substantially stronger
than outdated wire reticles that may break or distort under extreme
recoil or impact plus it allows the design of truly innovative
reticles that would be impossible to create otherwise.
If desired, Nightforce reticles can be changed at the Nighforce factory for a nominal fee.
Ranging Power Ring Settings
If your Nightforce scope has a ranging reticle, the power setting for
using the ranging features at their listed spacing, may be
marked with an “R” on the power zoom ring. If no “R” marking is
found then set it to the corresponding power zoom setting as
shown in the chart below.
All models are calibrated to give the specified distance spacing
spacing at the following power zoom settings:
- 1-4x @ 4x
- 2.5-10x @ 10x
- 3.5-15x @15x
- 5.5-22x @ 22x
- 8-32x @ 22x (R)
- 12-42x @ 22x (R)
Nightforce NP-1RR Reticle
- Easy ranging of the target in the field with no mathematical
- Quick and accurate compensation for wind drift and bullet
The NP1-RR ranging scale works on the principle of known size
of the target in inches. The diagram above is a breakdown of
the ranging scale: step, circle, baseline and yards. Distance from
step to baseline (inside edges) = 18 inches. Diameter of circle =
9 inches. Distance from bottom of circle to baseline = 9 inches.
- Deer average 18–20 inches from brisket to shoulder.
- Coyotes average 18–20 inches in height.
- Fox average 10–12 inches in height.
Prairie dogs average 9–10 inches standing.
The ranging scale remains effective in the field even with small
variances in target size.
You can recalibrate the ranging scale in your Nightforce scope for target sizes other than 18 inches and 9 inches.
Decreasing magnification from specified settings will increase
values of the ranging scale and bullet drop scale. Increasing
magnification will have the opposite effect and will decrease
Recalibrating the ranging scale for a 20-inch target.
Place a target 20 inches in height, exactly 300 yards away. Looking
through the scope at the target, decrease the magnification
until the inside edges of the step and the baseline bracket
the target in the 300 yard column. Mark your magnification
ring at this point to align with the indicator mark on the tube
body. Your scope is now capable of ranging 9 inch, 18 inch and
20 inch targets, depending on the magnification you have the
scope set on. This can be done for a wide range of target sizes
Varmint, long-range hunting
NP-1RR Reticle Close Up
Nightforce NP-1 Reticle
Superior to duplex reticles, this floating three-plex design utilizes
all the functional elements of a duplex without unnecessary
obstructions of your field of view at the 12 o’clock and 6
o’clock positions. Measured at 22x, a fine crosshair with a .080
M.O.A. subtension extends 4 M.O.A. from center and is bracketed
by heavy bars at the 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock
positions. The NP-1 directs your eye to center for quick target
Nightforce owners and members of our own staff pick the NP-1 as their preferred reticle for traditional hunting.
Big Game Hunting
NP-1 Reticle Close Up
Nightforce NP-R1 Reticle
The NP-R1 reticle provides the smallest graduations on the
verticle line of any Nightforce reticle. The 1 M.O.A. elevation
spacing and 2 M.O.A. windage spacing is ideal for precision
long range shooting but also works well for benchrest or allaround
The uncluttered field of view in the four quadrants provides a
clear image of the target and surroundings, without sacrificing
the ability to use multiple holdover or windage points when
The 1 M.O.A. spaced vertical “ladder” or the 2 M.O.A. spaced
windage tics can be used for ranging objects of varied sizes
rather than being locked into one or two dimensions. Whatever
the known target height, you can usually determine the
range by superimposing the reticle over the target and bracketing
it between two points on the reticle. Any size target can
be easily ranged using a simple formula: (target size in inches ÷
M.O.A. x 100 = range in yards).
Suggested Use: Field tactical, varmint, long-range hunting
Note: The 3.5-15x models have additional lines on the
vertical and horizontal axes with the NP-R1 reticle. See
NP-R1 Reticle Close Up
Nightforce NP-R2 Reticle
The Nightforce NP-R2 is a performance-proven reticle designed
specifically to enhance a shooter’s long range accuracy
and ranging capabilities under a variety of field conditions. The
NP-R2 allows the shooter to accurately range a target, utilize
multiple zero points and select from numerous hold points to
compensate for both windage and bullet drop.
Due to Nightforce’s illumination technology, the glass etched
reticle glows red and can be illuminated at different intensities.
This technology ensures excellent reticle contrast in low light
when illuminated or a well-defined black reticle when not illuminated.
In addition, the fine line subtension (area of target
covered) makes this reticle ideal for long range applications.
Using the latest advancements in laser etching the shooter is
guaranteed consistent spacings and therefore accurate range
estimation. What makes the Nightforce NP-R2 reticle truly
unique. The vertical line of the NP-R2 reticle is divided into 2
M.O.A. increments (approx. 2 inches at 100 yards). These vertical
increments are used for range estimation, multiple zero
points and accurate bullet drop compensation.
Any size target can be easily ranged using a simple formula:
(target size in inches ÷ M.O.A. x 100 = range in yards). Once
range is determined select an appropriate hold point based
on the bullet drop of your cartridge. The vertical spacings
can easily be split into 1 M.O.A. increments further enhancing
long range accuracy. The horizontal line is divided into equal 5
M.O.A. increments for windage compensation.
Suggested Use: Field tactical, varmint,
Note: The 2.5-10x and 3.5-15x models have additional
lines on the vertical and horizontal axes with the NP-R2
reticle. See Figure 2.
NP-R2 Reticle Close Up
Nightforce NP-2DD Reticle
Favored by two classes of shooter, the NP-2DD is the reticle
most preferred for predator hunting in low light conditions.
When measured at 22x, tapered horizontal bars reaching 4
M.O.A. from the center and a floating .1875 M.O.A. center dot
draw the hunter’s eye to center for quick target acquisition
with minimal illumination flare around the center aimpoint.
This reticle is also highly functional for benchrest shooters
when combined with Nightforce Precision Benchrest models.
A secondary .125 M.O.A. diameter dot is located 8 M.O.A. below
center at 22x. This dot is a 500-600 yard holdover point for most
flat shooting cartridges. This simple and effective reticle performs
in long range situations while maintaining quick target
acquisition capability for short distances.
1,000 yard benchrest competitors prefer the NP-2DD reticle
when selecting the 8-32x56 and 12-42x56 models in the
Precision Benchrest series for its optimum dot subtension. The
unobstructed field-of-view allows the shooter to observe the
wind flags to detect a change of condition.
Suggested Use: Varmint, 1000 yard benchrest
NP-2DD Reticle Close Up
Nightforce CH-1 Reticle
Designed for benchrest competition, the CH-1 reticle is a
popular choice for a broad range of benchrest shooters.
A subtension of .036 M.O.A. measured at 22x was selected
after extensive research by Nightforce to offer competitors a
reticle with an optimum subtension best suited for benchrest
The CH-1 provides an unobstructed field-of-view, allowing
the shooter to observe the wind flags to detect a change
Suggested Use: Benchrest
CH-1 Reticle Close Up
Nightforce CH-2 Reticle
Designed for long range, high power competition, the CH-2
features a .200 M.O.A. dot on a .036 M.O.A. crosshair when measured
at 22x. This .200 M.O.A. dot is calibrated for scored shooting
on standard NRA high power competition targets.
This reticle was designed in response to extensive research
conducted by Nightforce with the cooperation of the world’s
foremost high power competitors. Nightforce is proud the
United States Army Marksmanship Unit has chosen the CH-2
over all reticles for high power competition.
USAMU’s use of this reticle in 5.5-22x56 NXS demonstrates
Nightforce’s achievement in developing the best scope
and reticle combination for the elite sport of long range, high
Suggested Use: High-power competition
CH-2 Reticle Close Up
Nightforce CH-3 Reticle
Designed for benchrest shooting, the CH-3 reticle features an
extremely fine crosshair and dot.
This fine crosshair and floating dot creates the perfect long
range benchrest reticle to compensate for mirage and wind
conditions in 1 M.O.A. increments. Combined with a high
magnification and variable power, the CH-3 allows the
competition shooter to bracket the bullseye while maintaining
a center aim point.
Note: Only the dot is illuminated on the CH-3 reticle.
Suggested Use: Benchrest
CH-3 Reticle Close Up
Nightforce MLR Reticle
The MLR reticle is ideally suited for field tactical and long range
The 1 mil and 1/2 mil divisions allow for multiple zeroes, holdover,
hold-under and windage adjustments without touching
the elevation or windage knobs.
Additionally, there are 1/4 mil marks at the 12:00 and 3:00
positions to aid in more precise range estimation.
This reticle along with the Mil-Dot works well with the optional
Suggested Use: Field tactical, long-range hunting
MLR Reticle Close Up
Nightforce Mil-Dot Reticle
Developed by the military, the mil-dot reticle allows the sniper
to estimate the range to his target. The mil-dot is now the standard
reticle found in law enforcement scopes.
Advanced developments at Nightforce have resulted in the
creation of a new style of mil-dot reticle. Rather than the solid
dots that obscure most of the target, the Nightforce mil-dot
reticle consists of see-through round dots which are placed on
the vertical and horizontal cross lines that serve as reference
points. In addition, all four posts are also see-through. Because
both the dots and posts are clear, the target is no longer obscured.
As a result, these features enable the sniper to more
accurately estimate the range to his target.
The dots are spaced precisely 1 mil apart which represents
3.6 inches at 100 yards at specified power. The mil-dot
design is etched on precision multi-coated compound glass.
This eliminates breakage and misalignment of the reticle.
Because of Nightforce’s illumination technology, the glass
etched reticle glows red and can be illuminated at different
intensities. This flexibility ensures excellent reticle contrast
in low light when illuminated or a well-defined black reticle
when not illuminated.
Suggested Use: Field tactical
Mil-Dot Reticle Close Up
Nightforce FC-2 Reticle
Created for close to medium range use in military, law
enforcement or hunting applications, the FC-2 provides a highly
visible naturally centering aiming point. The center dot gives a
finer aiming point and the larger circle a wider zone for fast or
The triangular aiming point under the circle can be used as a
10 M.O.A. holdover point from the center dot, and as a ranging
tool in combination with the circle and dot.
The tapered horizontal lines on either side lead the eye to the
center of the reticle and provide good contrast against the
target in low light situations and with cluttered backgrounds.
This reticle is the number one choice on the 1-4x NXS.
Note: Only the center dot and surrounding circle illuminate
with the FC-2 reticle
Suggested Use: Hunting, CQB
FC-2 Reticle Close Up
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Nightforce MLR2 Reticle