? about Premier USMC Mil Dot reticle

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by GEG, Mar 25, 2003.

  1. GEG

    GEG Well-Known Member

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    I could not pass up a deal I found on a
    8.5-25x50 30mm tube side adj. matte finish
    Premier Leupold scope. I like and use the
    standard mil dot reticle but have not used
    a Premier USMC mil dot reticle. Anybody
    have any comments on this reticle?
    Thanks GEG
     
  2. Ian M

    Ian M Well-Known Member

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    As you know the USMC mildot shape is that of a football, whereas the US Army mildot shape is round like a baseball. I have been on mildot courses where the guys with USMC dots used the army math and estimated in 1/10's rather than 1/8ths and they did fine.
    One time my partner had footballs and I had baseballs and we agreed on our tenths estimations well enough to hit the unknown distance targets out to 600 with our first shots.
    No doubt the pro-users would disagree. The propronents of the USMC shape have their reasons but for average use the footballs worked with the 1/10's and 27.77 constant.
    Regardless, you have a fine scope and the potential to use it for repeatable hold-offs and ranging.
    I believe that Mildot ranging is a skill that requires constant practice and polishing - it is really not very user-friendly at all. I was fortunate to be trained in it by two of the best, Bobby W. and Steve S. from Badlands Tactical Training in Oklahoma and their patience and skills gave me a very good understanding of how it works.
    Dots work but lasers are so much quicker and easier for the average hunter.