I had the opertunity to play around a bit with a Leupold MK6 3-18 with the Horus H58 reticle. Horus reticles tend to be a polarizing subject as people seem to either love them or hate them.
I am a big fan of the Leupold MK6 3-18. I’d take it over a S&B, Nighforce, or other high end scope as I love its compact size, layout , and features.
Other than the reticle the H58 MK5 is exactly the same as my MK6 with a TMR reticle. So to get you some size by size pictures, I mounted both optics to my Optic Test Fixture, as shown below.
At three power the thick outer bars of the TMR reticle makes it east to quickly pick up.
The H58 has two horizonal bars which are useful for indexing on a target quick at low power. They appeared to be thicker than the bars on the TMR, but just having two made me feel slower and less intuitive for lining up on a target quick at low power.
I took many pictures of the Horus reticle at 18 power and this is the only one that turned out anywhere near acceptable. It does look a good bit better in person. The horizontal lines above the center of the reticle start at 1 mil and then lower at .1 increments to aid in measuring the height of an object for ranging. The set of numbers along with those lines are for finding the movement speed of the target in MPH. Below the center of the reticle is the famous(or infamous) Horus grid.
Here is the TMR at 18 power.
The Leupold MK6 has a nice set of features including zero stops, a capped windage know with +- 5 mils of adjustment before hitting the stop, etc. I think the main benefits of this 3-18 is its large power range in a small size along with excellent glass.
So after having the chance to use the Horus 58 for a bit, I’m really not sure if I like it or not. When I have shot at paper targets at known ranges, the Horus reticle appears to be thicker than the TMR and covers more of the point of aim. The grid can cover a bullet hole in paper making it harder to spot.
The Horus starts to shine at longer distances. Shooting steel at 600 yards it was easy to see the splash in the dirt from misses and quickly adjust from it. You really benefit if you shooting a gun where you can spot your own impact and shooting in an area where you can easily see misses.
I’m not quite sure how to put it, but I wouldn’t recommend the Horus reticle to someone. If you need it you would know. If you don’t know if you need it or not, you don’t. I don’t believe it would aid or be more intuitive for a new shooter, however I don’t believe a good scope with a Horus reticle would hurt a novice either. It is an interesting option, but not a necessity.