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Old April 20th, 2020, 03:33 PM   #1
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MOA or MRAD?

Just as the title says, just starting a discussion for what everyone prefers or uses. What they use it for.


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Old April 20th, 2020, 03:39 PM   #2
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I like MRAD, but I can use MOA.

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When I started out as a SWAT sniper, way back in 1994, MilDot reticles were about all that was offered. (And to muddy the water even more, most scopes had MilDot reticles, but MOA turrets.) Once I got used to MilDot, it was pretty cool.
Then, about 12-15 years ago, our team switched over to MOA reticles. (NF) By then, most scope companies figured out if you have a MilDot reticle, you're going to want MilDot turrets, and likewise for MOA.

Personally, after having to learn both, in retrospect I like the MOA a lot better. I have bought way more MOA scopes than MilDot. To me, MOA is easier, faster, and simply more user friendly.
There will soon be plenty of guys saying MIlDot is better. Ok, I can respect that.



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I like MRAD, but I can use MOA.
^This. Each has its advantages - MOA plugs easily into yards/inches (i.e. 'murican) thinking and is a little finer resolution, mills has the advantage of math working the same for yards, meters, or anything else you want to measure in, and I find it easier and more intuitive for ranging.

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^This. Each has its advantages - MOA plugs easily into yards/inches (i.e. 'murican) thinking and is a little finer resolution, mills has the advantage of math working the same for yards, meters, or anything else you want to measure in, and I find it easier and more intuitive for ranging.

So you prefer MRAD still?


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I don't know about "prefer," I find it more intuitive to the way I think, though I practice ranging equally in both, and the scope I like on my scout squad is only available in MOA, so thats what I use in practice.

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I don't know about "prefer," I find it more intuitive to the way I think, though I practice ranging equally in both, and the scope I like on my scout squad is only available in MOA, so thats what I use in practice.

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I have no experience with MRAD. For what I do MOA is fine. Both of my long range scopes are MOA with BDC features. Both work remarkably well.

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I like MOA if you're shooting yards; MRAD if you're using meters...for distance.

I do have one MRAD scope. All the rest are MOA. You can still use MRAD if you range in yards, you just get more of an advantage with meters.

I have a niffy ballistics program on my phone, so I can use and scope and any turret. It makes life waaaaaaaay easier. Plus, you can print out BDC cards for your reticle and a bullet drop chart...in whatever unit of measure you prefer.

I would suggest you pick one or the other and stay with it.

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I like MOA if you're shooting yards; MRAD if you're using meters...for distance.

I do have one MRAD scope. All the rest are MOA. You can still use MRAD if you range in yards, you just get more of an advantage with meters.

I have a niffy ballistics program on my phone, so I can use and scope and any turret. It makes life waaaaaaaay easier. Plus, you can print out BDC cards for your reticle and a bullet drop chart...in whatever unit of measure you prefer.

I would suggest you pick one or the other and stay with it.

Whatís the app you use? Good info.


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Whatís the app you use? Good info.


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I've been using Mil Dot Ballistics. I think it's like $25 through the app store. I use apple devices, so not sure on android. That's ok though, because I think there's a few apps out there that do the same thing.

My Dad uses the Applied Ballistics app and he's really pleased with it. He has android stuff.

What is also cool with the app I use, you can use your device's GPS and get elev, weather, and I think you can tie a Kestrel weather monitor to it as well. I have not gone that far, but I do use my phone gps.

You can save multiple rifles or multiple loads on there as well. One stop shop.

Whenever I use it, it always puts me on target. First shot. You may have to make a click to two adjustment here or there if your going real long.

I print out the ballistic and reticle charts and tape them to the side of my rifle when I'm hunting. Screwing with your phone when you have to take a quick shot isn't really a great scenario...so I'll use hold overs.

One last note, buy the best, highest quality scope you can afford. It really does make a difference. I use a Vortex Razor on my 300 WM and it's the bees knees. The other top brands are great as well.

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I've been using Mil Dot Ballistics. I think it's like $25 through the app store. I use apple devices, so not sure on android. That's ok though, because I think there's a few apps out there that do the same thing.

My Dad uses the Applied Ballistics app and he's really pleased with it. He has android stuff.

What is also cool with the app I use, you can use your device's GPS and get elev, weather, and I think you can tie a Kestrel weather monitor to it as well. I have not gone that far, but I do use my phone gps.

You can save multiple rifles or multiple loads on there as well. One stop shop.

Whenever I use it, it always puts me on target. First shot. You may have to make a click to two adjustment here or there if your going real long.

I print out the ballistic and reticle charts and tape them to the side of my rifle when I'm hunting. Screwing with your phone when you have to take a quick shot isn't really a great scenario...so I'll use hold overs.

One last note, buy the best, highest quality scope you can afford. It really does make a difference. I use a Vortex Razor on my 300 WM and it's the bees knees. The other top brands are great as well.

Thatís awesome man. I appreciate the info. Iím currently looking at a Trijicon credo. Not super cheap but but stupid expensive. I think it would do fine for my platform.


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Thatís awesome man. I appreciate the info. Iím currently looking at a Trijicon credo. Not super cheap but but stupid expensive. I think it would do fine for my platform.


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What are you shooting and how far is max distance?

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What are you shooting and how far is max distance?

I donít plan on pushing it further than 800 yards max at any point. Itís a socom in a black feather chassis


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Strelok is a good/free app. You can enter your scope reticles and get a view of the holdovers.

I like MRAD, but I can do MOA too.

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