# Meters vs. Yards

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by metalvelo, Mar 22, 2011.

1. ### metalveloMember

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Hey there,
Just getting in to this long distance thing, and have come up with a question I have so far not been able to find and answer to. I've read quite a few articles on this site, so figured I'd register on here and see if anybody can help set me straight. Could be a dumb question, we'll see.
My problem is this. Everything I've read, it seems people talk about distance in either yards or meters as if they are interchangeable. On the shorter side of things, that seems ok, but longer it doesn't add up. This is an example of what I'm reading and the reason I'm confused.

1 mil @ 1000 yrds = 1 yrd (36 in)
1 mil @ 100 yrds = 0.1 yrd (3.6 in)
0.1 mil @ 100 yrds = 0.01 yrd (.36 in)
1 mil @ 1000 m = 1 m
1 mil @ 100 m = 0.1 m (10 cm)
0.1 mil @ 100 m = 0.01 m (1 cm)

So, looks straight forward, but when you really convert meters to yards you get this:
1 Meter = 1.09 Yard
10 Meters = 10.94 yards
100 Meters = 109.36 yards
1000 Meters = 1093.61 yards.

At 1000 meters, that's almost 94 yard difference! So, help me out here. This really stems from me learning mil dot and being able to use it accurately as a range finder, and also use mil for hold over. It just wasn't making sense when every where I look, people are talking as if yards or meters are the same, because they don't seem to be.

Thanks in advance from a newbie who is possible over thinking this. Although, after reading numerous posts and articles, I know I'm not the only one who "geaks" out on this stuff.

2. ### soundwavesWell-Known Member

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ok if you want to learn mill you first have to forget about yards.

its so easy to find distances by mil dot.

a human target from hips to the top of the head is estimated about 1 meter in size so from there, the formula is: 1000 x target size / mil. so heres an example for you. 1000x1=1000/1=1000 meters. understand? another example 1000x1=1000/3.5=285.7 meters. understand? so the formula again is 1000 x Target size in meters / mil

3. ### groperWell-Known Member

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a yard is a yard
a meter is a meter
your conversions are accurate, so whats the question?

People do not interchange yards with meters as if they were the same, its just that there are people on this forum from all around the world, some use meters some use yards, thats all...

Soundwaves,
you can range using mils in yards or meters, or fathoms or wigets, or apples or oranges... it doesnt matter... its a simple 1:1000 ratio of whatever unit you want to use,

so 1 mil;
= 1 apple @ 1000apples...
=1 wiget @ 1000 wigets
= 1 inch @ 1000 inches
= 1 yard @ 1000 yards
= 1 meter @ 1000meters
just the keep the unit your working with the same, and the angular mil is always 1:1000

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4. ### soundwavesWell-Known Member

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yeah you are right but calculating in meters is much easyer than yards. if it wasnt all the world would be using yards and the US would be useing meters

5. ### metalveloMember

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Ahhhhh. Ok, makes sense. I thought that was maybe what it was, but at the same time, reading all these articles sorta left me with the impression that maybe yards and meters are interchangeable. Thank you for the answers. The 1 to 1000 ratio with mil is now getting ingrained in my head. I think I got it.

Thanks!

6. ### RMulhernWell-Known Member

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Simple!

A yard is 36 inches. A meter is 100 centimeters, which works out to 39 inches.
A yard in measure is about 9/10 of a meter (0.9144 meters, to be exact).
1 meter = 1.0936133 yards.

A yard=91.44cm
A Meter=100cm