Re: Range Finding - Mil-Dot vs Laser
Even in the distance range you have specified I believe that you should look a the lazer option. If you use the mil-dot system it does have a couple of accuracy short comings. Distance accuracy counts on the fact that you know the size ( exactly ) of the animal you are ranging. Take a whitetail deer @ 500 yards, based on an 18" belly to back distance this would be exactly 1 mil. Now lets say we are looking at a buck that is 1 mil but he happens to have a little larger body say 20", the distance is 555 yards. A 55 yard error with even a fairly flat shooting rifle will result in a miss low, the opposite is true of a 16" deer but high. Now add to this the inability for accurate hold over. Say you range a 19" deer based on 18" @ 500 yards, you are off 27 yards to start with and will shoot about 5 or 6 inches low. Now your mil hold with a flatter shooting rifle is say, 2.7 mils. If you hold 2.6 instead you will be another 1.8 inches lower for a total drop from target point of about 8" low for most people that would be a miss. If you held 2.8 you would luck out and gain 1.8 of the 5 or 6 you lost in range estimation, but this is not about luck. It is my opinion that you will be happier and more successfull with quality knobs and a reasonable lazer. You can pick up a lazer (1000 yard) for 325.00 or so that would fill your needs nicely. good luck hope this helps.