EBR-7C vs EBR-2C | Rifle Scope Reticle Comparison

Vortex has developed many ground-breaking scope and reticle designs in the past – one prime example being the Enhanced Battle Reticle (EBR). This reticle is specifically designed to enhance a shooter’s long-range capabilities. The two most common EBR reticles are the 2C and 7C, but what are the differences between these two reticles, and which one should you get – let’s find out!

EBR-7C Reticle Overview

EBR-7C Reticle

The EBR-7c is the latest addition of reticles to the Vortex Optics line. This reticle was released in 2019, specifically with the objective of helping shooters maximize their long-distance shooting capabilities. You can choose either the EBR-7c MRAD or MOA option, depending on your preference.

I have always enjoyed the windage tree featured on the EBR series, but Vortex optimized the EBR-7C to be even better, making it red and moving the numbers outside the windage dots. This means that the vertical stadia have less obstruction, increasing visibility on target and shooting rate.

EBR-2C Reticle Overview

The EBR-2C is basically a modified German 4 style reticle also intended for long-range shooting. It was a game changer in the long-range world when it was released, providing an accurate yet simple way to aim at long-range targets. When I first tested the EBR-2C, I was amazed by how quickly I could make shot corrections and still shoot accurately.

The EBR-2C features the same design as the EBR-7C, just a more basic version. But it still features bullet drop and windage corrections.

EBR-2C vs EBR-7C Comparison

EBR-7C vs EBR-2C Reticles

1) Scope Center

Both these two reticles have thin and short center hairs for precise aiming. However, the EBR-7C has a more refined design. Because the crosshairs connect with the outer posts, my eyes get naturally more drawn to the center – reducing eye strain and increasing the target acquisition rate.

The EBR-2C has a .25 Open Center, and the EBR-7C has a .14 Floating Center Dot.

2) Outer Posts

The EBR-2C has short and thick outer posts on both the vertical and horizontal axis. In comparison, the EBR-7C has longer outer posts that help your eye focus on the center dot.

3) Holdover Numerals

Both these scopes have accurate holds. However, the holdover numerals on the EBR-2C are placed beside the lower vertical line – which was really not ideal as it interfered when aiming at the target. Vortex listened to our cries, and they updated the holdover numerals on the EBR-7C to be located on the left and right edges of the reticle.

I find this to be a much better location, and other shooters also agree – it reflects in the average rating value for the EBR-7C, which is much higher than the EBR-2C.


4) Reticle Subtensions

The EBR-7C has tighter subtensions on the horizontal axis than the EBR-2C, allowing you to make more precise shots.

When Is The EBR-7C Best?

The EBR-7C is best for shooting at exceptionally long ranges or in low-light conditions. Also, when you want to make hair thin, precise measurements, thanks to the tighter subtensions.

When Is The EBR-2C Best?

The EBR-2C offers the same features as the EBR-2C, just a bit more rugged. Therefore, I use my EBR-2C Diamondback scope for hunting deer in the mountains or wide open areas, but not in dense brush or the woods. It is an older model than the EBR-7C, so the prices for these scopes are also generally lower. Hence I don’t feel too sorry for it when battling it out against the elements.

Other Vortex Optics Reticles

Here is a list of other reticles Vortex has to offer.

Which Vortex Scopes Have EBR-7C Reticles?

You can find the EBR-7C reticle in the following product lines.

  • Vortex Viper PST Gen II First Focal Plane Reticle Riflescope series (MRAD and MOA) – features the Revstop zero system, which is a game changer for your long-range shooting.
  • Vortex Razor Gen II (MRAD and MOA)

All these scopes feature some of Vortex’s best craftsmanship. They are all built from aircraft-grade aluminum to withstand recoil and the elements. They also have a variable magnification range, glass etched reticle, and feature Vortex’s high-quality lens coatings on the exterior lenses to allow increased light transmission and sharp images.

Which Vortex Scopes Have EBR-2C Reticles?

The EBR-2C reticle is also featured in the scopes listed above, making it important to check what reticle the scope has before buying. Some of the scope series that feature the EBR-2C include:

  • Vortex Viper PST Riflescopes – features the precision glide erector system.
  • Vortex Razor HD Gen II Riflescopes
  • Vortex Diamondback Tactical Riflescopes (great scope series – known for their ranging abilities, zoom lens mechanism, accuracy, and high durability)

Frequently Asked Questions

What does EBR mean on a scope?

What is EBR 4 MOA?

An EBR-4 refers to the hash marks that subtend 4 MOA at the specified magnification.

How does Vortex dead hold BDC work?

The Dead-Hold is designed to help shooters with the holdover and compensation of bullet drop at variable distances. What makes the Dead-Hold so great is its elegant and smart design. Each reticle is calibrated for a specific cartridge and load - ensuring accurate holdovers.

What is the difference between EBR-2C and EBR-7C?

Both feature the same reticle design and Christmas tree-style layout on the lower vertical stadia. However, the EBR-7C is the evolved version of the EBR-2C, featuring a more refined design with finer hash marks. This enhances your holdover and windage correction options and allows you to aim more precisely.

The Bottom Line

The addition of the EBR series has opened the door for many recreational and tactical shooters to have an affordable yet highly accurate long-range scope. The EBR-7C is the evolved version of the EBR-2C. It features a much more refined design than its predecessor. Both reticles are featured in the same product lines, such as the PST and Razor series. Therefore, it is vital that you make sure you know which reticle the scope has before buying to prevent disappointment.

About the author

Patrick Howard

I have been working as a gunsmith for 20 years. Rain, fog, moisture, high temperature, or even snow are all the things a product must withstand in order to be recommended by me.

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