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Unread 07-26-2004, 09:19 PM
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mil dot rangeing

Does anybody range with mill dots ?
does anybody know where i can find a listing of key physical dimensions of game animals deer, moose, coyote etc.
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Unread 07-26-2004, 11:47 PM
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Re: mil dot rangeing

I have found the mil dot reticle to be of some help ranging big game, but my 1/2 mil IOR MP8 reticle is much more accurate for me. Currently I am using a Leica rangefinder and with it I discovered that I was off by a full 100 yards on an elk I had reticle-ranged to be 700 yds. Out to 500 I have been reasonably accurate on elk using the reticle.
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Unread 07-27-2004, 02:03 PM
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Re: mil dot rangeing

COBrad, How are you ranging Elk? I have been told a six point Elk would be between 34"-40" from the top of the back to the bottom of it's brisket. I am thinking the average six pointer would measure right around 2 Mils at 500yds. The 1200 Leica is on my list for next year but for this year it's going to be Mils. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Unread 07-27-2004, 02:46 PM
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Re: mil dot rangeing

Have used everything but a rangefinder in the past, but from what the pros say on this board, the Leica 1200 don't lie! Have one on my wish list, and will be putting in some overtime to get the $$$ to buy it before Texas Whitetail season.
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Unread 07-27-2004, 10:23 PM
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Location: Blackfoot, Idaho
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Re: mil dot rangeing

Did a bunch of ranging w/the mil dot scope. Worked quite hard at it. One example is a 595 yd 5X5 bull elk ranged several times over 20 minutes.

Later got a Leica 1200 and went back to the spot. It was 395. My 320 yard elk, cows etc, was actually 220.

NO more ranging w/the mil dot. Its near perfect for hold-over once the drop chart is made.

I may be the slowest guy on the mountain . . . . but . . . . I'm on the mountain!
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Unread 07-27-2004, 10:47 PM
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Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Southern Illinois
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Re: mil dot rangeing

Mildots only work with practice. You can't just pick up a scope like a rangefinder, press a button, & expect results. It's an art, NOT a science.

I've used one to take coyotes out to 500 yards with a 308. The biggest factor besides practice is knowing the size of your target. I know I looked like a loon pulling over on the side of the highway, but every road kill & rifle shot coyote I saw for many months had a tape measure against it! It works...if you work at it.
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Unread 07-28-2004, 05:55 PM
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Location: wis
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Re: mil dot rangeing

Get a good laser they are much faster and more accurate. Use the mildots for hold over and windage they work find for that.
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