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how do I figure come-ups in MOA

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Unread 03-03-2003, 07:58 PM
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how do I figure come-ups in MOA

After i get my ballistic chart written down after some actual testing, what's the best way to figure come-ups in MOA. Will be using a Leupold 8.5*25 LR w/ duplex reticle. Thanks
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Unread 03-04-2003, 09:53 AM
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Re: how do I figure come-ups in MOA

Dave King again, under groceryman's login.

Check this thread for come-up and chart data.

Also check using the search feature using come-up and/or MOA
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Unread 03-04-2003, 11:46 AM
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Re: how do I figure come-ups in MOA

This assumes you are basing it on an accurate 100 yard zero and just shooting groups to record total drop in inches first, which happens to be the best way to get an accurate BC too.

1 moa is equal to 1.0467 at 100 yards, so that inch figure will double at two hundred yards, triple at three hundred and so on because it is a measurement of angle.

Example; 1 moa at 200 = 2.093 1 moa at 300 = 3.14 and so on.

If your bullet drop at 500 yards is 49.4, then 9.4 moa is the correction needed.

moa correction needed = D /M / (R / C)


D = Drop in inches
M = MOA in inches (1.047)
R = Range
C = Constant (100)

49.4 / 1.0467 / (Range in yards / 100) = 9.439 moa correction needed

For all practical purposes, I move the decimal two places to the left on the range distance and divide this into the number of inches of drop and multiply by .955, this will be real close if your scope is calibrated to true moa.

Using a chronograph and a 4x8 sheet of plywood standing on end using the top edge as an aim point will help you get a drop chart out to 600 or 700 yards depending on the MV and BC. When you are all done you have the data to get a drop chart from any program to go out farther. If you know the average velocity for each group shot, you will be able to modify the BC on the program to make the trajectory fit your data, this BC is the one you should use. Take good records of the temp and elevation especially, BP and humidity are somewhat less important, humidity especially.

I like to do this at 20-30 degree temperature swings to record velocity drop along with new zero data too. Velocity at different temps will be very important if your powder is not too stable, which a lot of them are not.

The important thing to establish and record for a drop chart is what moa "your" scope indicates when zeroed at each range interval you've went back and verified using the method of dialing it in. Sometimes this takes some time to nail down here.
Brent Moffitt
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Unread 03-04-2003, 08:21 PM
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Re: how do I figure come-ups in MOA

Thanks, one thing I forgot about was the 1moa=1.0467" @100 yrds. When shooting short range < 600yrds. its just easier to figure 1moa as 1", but as the distance increases, so does the margin of error.
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