Mildot For Everything ?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Zep, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. Zep

    Zep Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone use Mildot exclusively? I am giving this some serious consideration as I am relatively new to scoped rifles and while I have been working with holdover I can see limitations on longer range shots. As I understand it, Mildot can also help me with ranging. Shooting eastern woodchucks now but I am sure things will change in time.

    Many thanks.
     

  2. marinetowgunner

    marinetowgunner Well-Known Member

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    All I use now are mil or moa based reticles. I make sure that my reticle matches my turret (meaning if my turret is in moa then my reticle is in moa also) and if I am using a mill based reticle I like to have .5 mill markers on my holdover values.

    I don't really like many of the velocity based reticles because you are forced to use the values as they may fall. With the exception of the Nightforce velosity 1000 reticles I try to stick with an moa or mil based reticle.
     

  3. D.ID

    D.ID Well-Known Member

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    I like having a mildot or a comparable reticle in moa or bdc as a back up range finder or medium range hold over but for precision fire or rockchuck sized targets Your going to need to dial. I dial in everything beyond 650 and mostly everything else depending on precision required. Very few reticles would be adequately precise. The basic mildot has very few reference points and most of the more basic hold overs are even worse. A laser is way better , faster and easier to range with. A lrf is a solid investment. Reticle ranging is very doable but slow and much less precise unless your targets dimensions are very accurately known. Just my .02
     
  4. Coyotekillerat7

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    I use Mill dots to shoot out to 800 yards. In good conditions I can cold bore a milk jug at 800. I use a LRF and not the dots for range finding its easy to use milldots if you know your target size the formula is: Size of target in inches X 27.77 / Mill reading= Distance to target in yards.



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  5. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    I would prefer it on all,but have older scopes that are hard to replace cost wise
     
  6. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    +1

    I use the mil dot somewhat different than most. With the advent of the new LRF range finders
    I no longer use the mill dot to range with.

    I like to zero the rifle and then find out where each dot will be on at what distance. this works
    well if there is no time to adjust the turrets on known distances.

    I have used mill dot scopes successfully at 800+ yards using them for bracketing game but this
    is on pest and pigs and prefer to adjust the turrets on Deer and Elk .

    As said the LRFs are much more accurate and should be used if at all possible. But in a pinch
    a mill dot scope can save the day if used properly.

    I still use the mill dot (Although not exclusively) and find them very useful for doping the wind.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  7. Zep

    Zep Well-Known Member

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    I greatly appreciate the time you all have spent replying to my original post. I have been following each reply but waited until today to say thanks. There is a lot of very good information in this thread and it certainly answers my question and then some.

    Best,
    Zep
     
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    sscoyote Well-Known Member

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  9. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    I used Mildots for several years for everything from ranging, holdovers, leads, etc. Once you get used to it, it can become second nature and very effective. The biggest issue for hunting is when used for ranging, the size of your target/game will effect your ranging accuracy. I had good success deer hunting with my 308 out to around 500 yards. Beyond that, the system(at least with my skill level), did not provide the precision for high confidence kill shots, mostly due to the trajectory of the 308 load at those ranges. For ranging critters the size of woodchucks, precise ranging distance would be less.