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MOA reticles, anyone use them?

 
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:03 AM
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MOA reticles, anyone use them?

Nightforce has two MOA reticles, which seems like a nice fit with MOA dials. Anyone using these?

This would be for tactical match shooting.

NP-R1: Field tactical, Varmint, Long-range hunting
http://www.nightforceoptics.com/RETI.../NP-R1-22x.pdf
NP-R2: Field tactical, Varmint, Long-range hunting
http://www.nightforceoptics.com/RETI.../NP-R2-32x.pdf


Is there any benefit to a mil / mil setup vs. moa / moa?
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:55 AM
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Re: MOA reticles, anyone use them?

I have the NP-R2 and like it. For tactical match shooting i would probably go for the NP-R1, but for hunting I like the NP-R2.

I like MOA vs Mil, because that's the way I think. Others like the Mil system. One advantage to the MOA systen is very easy adjustment at the target range if your targets are based on inch or half inch references.

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Old 11-11-2009, 12:15 PM
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Re: MOA reticles, anyone use them?

When a Mil reticle is used for range finding it does simplify the calculations a little as the width 1 mil subtends is exactly 1/1000 of the distance to the target. Thats the only reason Mils are used. When a laser range finder is used the only benefit of either system is what a person is comfortable using. In either case for precise shooting you need fractional markings or adjustments. 1/4 MOA adjustments are comfortable. 1/10 Mil adjustments are comfortable. Maybe half that for benchrest shooting.

All reticle systems are a trade off of speed and adaptability A simple "target dot" reticle with target knobs is very adaptable, but it is slow requiring turning knobs and counting clicks. A custom reticle calibrated for drop and windage is very fast, and requires no knob twiddling, but it can only match one bullet at one velocity at one elevation angle in one atmospheric density. You also have to interpolate between the markings which is an additional source of error. Other reticles lie somewhere in between for speed and precision.

In the future high resolution LCD displays may replace a fixed reticle. They could automatically be generated based on range finder, inclinometer, and atmospheric measurements. Until then whatever reticle you pick will be a compromise and will require computations, either mental, lookup table, or calculator.

One additional choice is to make only "point blank" shots relying on a flat trajectory. Wind has to be light too but it can work to over 300 yards with the right selection of cartridge and bullet.

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Re: MOA reticles, anyone use them?

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One advantage to the MOA systen is very easy adjustment at the target range if your targets are based on inch or half inch references.
While I understand what you're saying with the 1" targets, the target really is irrelevant if your knobs match your reticle. It's really not an advantage for either MIL or MOA systems. Measure the difference between POA and POI with your reticle and turn the knobs accordingly. The target could be polka dots and you could still get an angular measurement and correct your POA.
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:44 PM
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Re: MOA reticles, anyone use them?

I have and use both the NP-R1 and teh NP-R2 reticles. I like them both but prefer the closer windage stadia line distances for the R1. My brain no longer thinks in mils, and MOA is pretty intuitive, at least for me, when it comes to ranging object and guestimating distances.

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Old 11-11-2009, 05:27 PM
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Re: MOA reticles, anyone use them?

1 to add is Holland's ART Reticle in the 3.5-15 NF NXS FFP.

Not a great pic, but it gives you a good idea.
Having the MOA actually listed internally makes a MOA reticle jus that much faster and less confusing.

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Old 11-11-2009, 08:22 PM
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Re: MOA reticles, anyone use them?

I have the NP-R1 in a few 3.5x15's and a 5.5x22 and the NP-R2 in the 2.5-10 compact.

I like them and for ranging as I find the math much more simple.........and I'm simple so that helps.
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