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- 2 You know how to read a map.
- 3 The more precise variable you ever met.
- 4 MOA or MILs? Figuring out which is better can be a pain.
- 5 Choose the perfect scope for your next hunt.
- 6 A circular unit of measure.
- 7 When an MOA reticle is too big, read it as a fraction.
- 8 You don’t have to be perfect.
- 9 It’s OK to be different.
- 10 Do you want a target that can actually see your reticle or one that is so close to the front of the scope it will never be in focus? The second focal plane has its place, but our advice is always first focal.
- 11 Sharper than a sharpie.
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If you’re a prepper who’s been doing what some call “homework” and some might say is just plain obsessive, then you are familiar with the acronym MIL vs MOA. The first thing that comes to mind when reading this is probably, “What does it mean?” Let me break down the two acronyms for you so that whether or not your life depends on it, you can know which scope will work best for your needs. MIL stands for milliradian while MOA stands for minute of angle. What makes these two different? Well if I had more time I would write an entire post about it but in short-milliradians are angles measured by dividing one full circle into 1/6th (or
1. We hear a lot about how MIL and MOA are independent of one another, but what could account for a 0.6-MOA difference?
2. How important is it to use the correct turret adjustment for your weapon’s caliber in combination with MOA or MILs?
3. Exactly how does target drift affect our aim when using scope yards?
4. What if you’re using an MPBR: what happens if we have to hold over or under in order to hit the target at that distance?
5. Is there any disadvantage to shooting from either side of cover while using MILs as opposed to MOA scopes assuming both will achieve 100% accuracy on hitting the target given enough time ?”
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Rifle scopes are a jumble of acronyms, insider jargon and scientific terms with often obscure meanings. The two most popular measurements in rifle scope add to the confusion; what is MIL or MOA? MILs use an angle of 57 degrees for these calculations while MOA stands for Minute Of Angle.
A circle has 21,600 minutes which provides a basis for making estimations of distance. In the US, most popular method of measuring rifle scopes is MOA as it gives you an accurate representation in relation to your target regardless how far away they are and what magnification power you’re using on your scope at that time. Most rifle scope manufacturers sell their products with either type measurements but be aware both types work differently depending on the adjustment setting currently set inside or outside of your optic device’s rangefinder settings when hunting game from distances greater than 100 yards out so always make sure to know this before pulling up any shot placement program like Ballistic Calculator by clicking here if you want more information about these calculations-
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Imagine you are at the range, and it’s your turn to shoot. You’re aiming downrange into a four-inch target zone that has hash marks on the reticle for 1.04 inches each – how far would you have to hold off from 100 yards? Hold six feet left or right of center!
If we subdivide each degree in a circle by 60 minutes, then there is 21,600 minutes (or hours) in one circumference around an object with 360 degrees total measurement. If your rifle scope divides measurements up into MOA units when looking through them out 50 yards away at something small like a 4″x3″ paper box full of index cards, then every mark on the dial will equal about 1/2″.
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The milliradian is a unit of angular measurement that can be used to measure the range and size of targets. It’s not an acronym for anything military, contrary to popular belief; it stands for Milli-radians.
Let’s look at our circle again. This time we divide the circle into 1000 equal slices, which is one milliradian each. Each slice of a thousand equals 10 centimeters or 3.6 inches respectively and that’s too big for fine adjustments even at 100 yards — let alone when you’re shooting from more than 500 meters away! Scopes with metric measurements typically have 1 centimeter increments per click while those who use American (MIL) units will be using .36 inch adjustment clicks on their scope to adjust up-down and left-right movements by just 1/10th degree
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A MIL scope works in any measurement system. A MOA reticle is a hash or tick mark on the crosshairs for each one milliradian, which can be used to estimate holdover adjustments and windage adjustments needed.
With a MOA scope reticle, the shooter can do things such as range estimation and holdover adjustment estimations. However, some people believe that because of this proprietary-ness for these adjustments they may not be able to know how exactly everything is happening inside the scope which might make it more difficult.
To the untrained eye, a MIL reticle and an MOA reticle look almost the same. The differences are not that much. However, one key difference between these two scopes is how they measure distance: 1 Mil at 100 yards equals 3.6 inches while 1 MOA at 100 yards equals only 1 inch! This makes it more difficult for long-range shooters to shoot accurately using MIL dot scope because each hash mark on your crosshair represents less than ¼ of an inch (about .2″) in real life measurement compared to what you see through your scope; but this can also be beneficial when shooting shorter distances such as 25 or 50 yards where every little detail counts–the smaller dots allow for higher precision without sacrificing
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Mils and MOA are two different measurement systems used on scopes. The most popular system in the US is MOA, but that doesn’t hold true elsewhere where MILs find favor due to differences among countries’ measurements types.
MOA or MILs? Figuring out which is better can be a pain.
Using a MIL dot or MOA Reticle to Zero Your Scope. I don’t know how many times I have watched an inexperienced shooter trying to zero a scope at the range with little success. It is frustrating for everyone involved, and can be embarrassing when you are not sure what you are doing wrong! But there’s no need for that – follow these six simple steps:
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Shooting a rifle is like any other sport, and honing your skills can be made easier with the proper equipment. As such, it may seem daunting for beginners to zero their rifles accurately without breaking down every aspect of shooting mechanics – but this task need not invoke feelings of frustration or anxiety if you follow these few basic steps: First off, make sure that both yourself and the target are at least 100 yards away from eachother when sighting in on an object; also remember to set up targets so they have five aiming points across them (preferably using ARMA Dynamics Optic Zero Targets) because this will help ensure accuracy as well as enable shooter much more easily estimate distances between objects by looking through his scope’s grid reticle.
A good spotter scope is a necessity for 100-yard shooting. A spotting scope will allow you to see your shots land at the target, which can make it easier to zero in on the perfect point of aim and adjust accordingly if necessary.
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Even the slightest difference in your shot, wind and technique can change where you hit a target. Use a spotting scope to see if what’s on paper matches up with reality. Take three shots at once when zeroing new rifles – this will give an idea of consistency from different loads or techniques for every shooter.
To estimate the corrections for your shot, examine where it landed. If you’re low and left of your aim point count how many grid squares from that aiming point until it’s in line with center bullseye on target diagramming each grouping as an X or O so there are no guessing games about which way to go next.
When shooting at a target, most likely you will have three bullets in one area of the paper. This is your best bet for adjusting what needs to be changed so that next time all of those shots hit where they are supposed to go. If this has happened and if you know how many MOA it takes on your scope (just divide 100 yards into 1 inch) then move up two inches or down 2 inches depending on which way the shot was off from its intended point – left side or right side- with either direction being equal distances apart because as we learned before when using an MOA scale each increment equals about one inch.
When an MOA reticle is too big, read it as a fraction.
Estimate where the center of the three-shot group lies on the target and use that point for your
The adjustment on most modern MOA scopes changes the scope by 1/4 of an inch per click. In our example, turning the turret to move the aiming point up 2 inches takes 8 clicks of your turret. Moving it right one inch will take 4 clicks; this is how you line-up shots with accuracy in mind! Step four: Take another three shots and align them as closely together as possible on that same aimingpoint from before (center). If all things are equal, your second shot group should be lined perfectly around center again – or at least close enough for government work!
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When you’ve finished adjusting your scope, make sure to fire three more rounds in the next aiming point. This way, you can tell whether or not your adjustments are giving you what will be accurate as a whole and if they need any last-minute tweaking.
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Once you have zeroed your rifle and scope, shooting a target will help to ensure that they are both consistently hitting their targets. Depending on the type of firearm you are using, it may be necessary for more than one shot before adjusting your sight’s settings in order to hit the bullseye with accuracy. If this is not done properly by re-zeroing once again, shots can go astray from where they would normally land when taking into account distance or windy conditions during aiming.
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The crosshairs on the target help you make more accurate shots. I will tell you from experience that using an MOA and trying to zero a MIL-dot scope is frustrating business, but it’s not hard if your reticle size stays constant throughout the magnification levels (First Focal Plane). The other type of long range scopes known as Second focal plane are calibrated for specific ranges with different sized dots at each level corresponding to their distance in yards or meters.
First focal plane reticles are great for shooters that like to dial in their shots. They can keep the same size of target and windage calculations no matter what magnification they’re using by adjusting from 1x all the way up to 20x without any mental gymnastics. Second focal plane reticle markings change with each zoom, so you’ll need your math skills on standby if things go south quickly or just adjust accordingly before zooming out too far!
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A scope is a personal preference. What works for one person does not work for another; you just have to find what’s right for your specific needs and shooting style! I personally prefer first focal plane scopes with variable reticle size, but there are drawbacks that some people may experience while using them. In the end it all really boils down to comfort level when deciding which type of scope will best suit you in different scenarios.
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Optic styles include either MOA or MIL: mils make things easier because they do not change relative sizes as magnification changes- making calculations simpler on paper targets where every increment matters (in 1/10th millimeters). A lot of people also like this effect due to its increased visibility at low powers – perfect
Do you want a target that can actually see your reticle or one that is so close to the front of the scope it will never be in focus? The second focal plane has its place, but our advice is always first focal.
MOA and MIL are two different units of measurement usually seen on rifle scopes. MOA stands for Minutes Of Arc, while MIL is the abbreviation for Milliradian. It is important to note that when using a scope with these measurements, it can be difficult to determine which one will work best because both have their pros and cons depending on usage by the shooter in order to achieve accurate results at distances from yards away all the way up into miles distant targets.
Weighing Pros vs Cons: When measuring progress towards your target, you might choose either an MOA or a Mil (which refers specifically as 1/1000th of arc). However if accuracy matters more than speed then this may not matter much so long as you’re
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My friend told me the best way to learn how to use your scope and rifle capabilities is through practicing with a buddy. You can take turns shooting at targets, or you could even set up an obstacle course where one person shoots while the other traverses different terrain on foot or in their vehicle. It’s more fun than just sitting around reading about it! I’m looking forward to experimenting with my new toy this weekend–I’ll let you know what happens next week 🙂