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# Mil Dot and math

Discussion in 'GATE Long-Range Shooting' started by whiskey rebel1, Mar 24, 2012.

1. ### whiskey rebel1

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Zak can you recommend any formulas that would help while using Mil Dot? Thanks!

2. ### Zak Smith3GunnerMillennium Member

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1 mil is 1 transverse unit in every 1000 distance unit.

1 mil = 1 foot at 1000 feet
1 mil = 1 yard at 100 0yards
1 mil = 1m at 1000m
1 mil = 1cm at 100m

3. ### whiskey rebel1

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After watching a history channel show about snipers. One in Iraq was measuring objects from a distance for later reference. How does this help with bullet drop? Thanks!

4. ### Zak Smith3GunnerMillennium Member

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Because then when you're in a hurry later you don't have to range something right next to it.

5. ### whiskey rebel1

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I see, so how does a shooter apply the Mil Dot to bullet drop?

Last edited: May 19, 2014
6. ### Zak Smith3GunnerMillennium Member

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Fort Collins, CO, USA
7. ### whiskey rebel1

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Thanks! Will read up on this. Mil Dot has always confused me.

8. ### Radonkulus

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Aug 5, 2015
First of all , use of a First Focal Plane (FFP) scope is important. Because the Mil-Dots stay the same regardless of magnification. You can use a Second Focal Plane (SFP) , but you need to know the exact magnification setting where the two coincide . Leupold could not give me an accurate setting This is a know fact that many people don't understand ,You need to lay down some money for a good quality scope. It will improve you marksmanship 10 fold . You don't put a \$300.00 scope on a \$1000.00 rifle ! I would rather have a \$1000.00 scope on a \$300.00 rifle ! I guarantee I would be getting better hits !
Next is the good ole MIL- DOT master slide rule ! The thing works so good it s laughable ! It is a simple easy to under stand slide rule . No need for batteries . No weather limitations ! No need for a laser range finder . All this goodness for \$ 29.00 on amazon !
Now all you need to know is a good knowledge in sizing objects ! Like the torso of a deer is roughly 24'' inches ,a stop sign is 36'' inches , a fence post is 4 feet Mil it out , work your magic on a mildot master and bingo , got an accurate estimated range to target .Its that easy my friend !

9. ### Radonkulus

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Buy a scope with the Horus H59 reticle . And never dial your scope in again