How Does A Shepherd Scope Work

How does a Shepherd Scope work? I was driving up the highway the other day with two friends and I wanted some items from them to write about in my next blog. One friend asked me basically how does a Shepherd Rifle Scope work? This particular friend of mine hunts with me all the time, has shot my Shepherd scopes and listens to me talk about the scopes frequently. Not until he asked me the question did it dawn on me that a simple explanation of the different types of reticles that a Shepherd comes with would probably answer many questions to many possible Shepherd users. Now obviously this particular friend knows how they work because he has been around them enough but it illustrated that not everyone is around the product and there are many people out there that have never been around the product. In a nutshell, Shepherd is designed around 7 different bullet drop compensating reticle designs. Each reticle was designed with a certain group of rifle calibers in mind. For example the 1A reticle works with the 300 Weatherby Magnum,300 Remington Ultra Magnum, 204 Ruger, and the 7mm STW amongst several other calibers. If you own one of these calibers this would be the scope that would work best on your rifle. If a person owns a 7mm Remington Magnum, 300 Winchester Magnum, or a 22-250 then the reticle best suited for those calibers is the 1 reticle. The 2 reticle is for the 30-06, 270 Winchester, and the .308 Winchester. 6.5×55 Swede, 7×57 Mauser, and the .375 H&H all work beautifully with the 3 reticle. The M556, the P22LR and the P22 Mag all have their place as well. The M556 for example is a more recent design and is specifically designed for the .223 Remington/5.56 Nato cartridge. Each reticle mentioned has the circles that the shooter sees in the scope etched into the glass at various ranges out to 1000 yards. The drops match the external ballistic arc of each of the cartridges mentioned above. Once the bullet is fired from the rifle it begins to drop. At any given range the bullet will drop a specific amount due to gravity and other atmospheric conditions. The circles in each reticle are etched into the glass based upon where the bullet will hit generally speaking. When the correct scope model is matched with the correct rifle caliber it was designed to compensate for the drop of the bullet for a Shepherd Scope can take the average shooter, like me, to a great shooter with very little effort. Check out our website at or please do feel free to give me a call if you have any questions. Due to the technical nature of what I have been writing about, it is sometimes much easier for me to explain it on a telephone. Also, I am a bit “old school” and like to talk with fellow shooters and hunters, it keeps me entertained.