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# MIL vs. MOA

#1
03-15-2013, 05:47 PM
 Junior Member Join Date: Mar 2013 Location: No. Cal Posts: 16
MIL vs. MOA

I realize that this topic has been addressed before but i would like to confirm my findings on this topic.

-MIL is a meaurement of 1/1000 of the distance
-MOA is in inches usually 1/4" per click

basically like an american vs. metric measurement??????

Im debating on which system to use. Each is probly a personal prefference but ive read MOA is simpler sytem/less math than the MIL system...

can you fellas give me some insight on this topic, maybe just outline the differences in both systems so as to help me make my decision
#2
03-15-2013, 06:00 PM
 Platinum Member Join Date: Feb 2007 Location: Townsend, Montana. Posts: 7,163
Re: MIL vs. MOA

For all practical purposes here is MOA broken down with a .25 MOA turret.

Four .25's = 100 so four 1/4 moa's = 1 moa

1 MOA @ 100 YDS = 1inch
1 MOA @ 200 YDS = 2"
1 MOA @ 300 YDS = 3"
1 MOA @ 400 YDS = 4"
1 MOA @ 425 YDS = 4 1/4"
1 MOA @ 450 YDS = 4 1/2"
1 MOA @ 475 YDS = 4 3/4"

and so on

so 1 MOA at 1000 yards = 10"

Jeff
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#3
03-15-2013, 06:09 PM
 Gold Member Join Date: Feb 2013 Location: Central MT Posts: 525
Re: MIL vs. MOA

Southpa,

Really, again?

What's easier for you to visualize:

1 MOA as one inch at 100 yards?
or
1 mil as 1 meter at 1000 meters?

Take the easier of the english or metric system which you can visualize.

Good luck

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#4
03-15-2013, 07:07 PM
 Platinum Member Join Date: May 2008 Location: South of Canada and North of Wyoming Posts: 5,410
Re: MIL vs. MOA

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 Originally Posted by MMERSS Southpa, Really, again?
This should be good

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 Good luck
Yup
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#5
03-15-2013, 08:41 PM
 Junior Member Join Date: Mar 2013 Location: No. Cal Posts: 16
Re: MIL vs. MOA

haha!

ok thats pretty much it. MOA!

-thanx
#6
03-17-2013, 03:15 AM
 Silver Member Join Date: Oct 2006 Location: Helena,Mt. Posts: 257
Re: MIL vs. MOA

It is not metric! It is only base 10. A circle is broken into 1000 slices, if you will. That works out to 1 yard at 1000 yards. Nothing metric about it.
Normally, it is easier to think in inches, so moa is what we use. Most scopes use 1/4 inch graduations for adjustment. Pretty simple to use as one inch and one minute of angle are almost the same.
No biggy, pick one, learn it and use it.
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#7
03-17-2013, 08:30 AM
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Re: MIL vs. MOA

It truly does not matter. Both are angular units of measure. As was stated... NOT metric or imperial. Both work the same way, and are just broken into different operational units.

I prefer mils, because my brain likes a base 10 more than it likes a base 4. 10 mils to 1000yds, or 35 minutes? Yup, I'll take the 10.
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