Mil Ranging Shortcuts

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Here are a few ways to speed up your mil-ranging. First, get your spotter a small handheld calculator, so he can tap out the mil formula data as quickly as you read it through your scope. He tells you the indicated range, you dial your BDC, and "bang!" It gets a little more complicated in darkness, but you can figure your own way around that challenge.

Another shortcut is the Quick Mil Dot Calculations chart we've printed on page 126. Copy it, cover it with clear tape or acetate adhesive, and use it in the field. Every distance solution is right on the mark, but, as you can see, it condenses a lot of data, especially when it comes to the longest distances. This originally was published by the Austrian military scope maker, K a hies, but I've modified the format to make it easier to read.

A third shortcut is to scrounge a set of laminated cards that contain all the possible solutions for mil-ranging, in tenths of a mil, out to 2,000 yards. These cards have been floating around in the U.S. Special Ops community for at least a decade, but I don't know where they're available commercially. Any major military sniper school probably has a set on-hand.

Finally, an ingenious device called the Mildot Master was recently developed by-New Mexico rifleman and engineer Bruce Robinson. Operating like a slide rule, it allows you to quickly compute mil ranges, bullet drop, and up/down angled shooting and works so well that it's now standard issue to U.S. Army snipers. I'm sure it can be ordered through the Internet, and it's well worth it.

QUICK MIL DOT CALCULATIONS

Actual Object Height or Width

Meters

.20

.30

.40

.45

.50

.55

.60

.81

.91

1.50

1.67

1.75

1.80

Inches

9

12

16

18

2

22

24

32

36

60

66

69

72

Yards

.250

.333

.444

.500

.558

.611

.667

.889

1.00

1.667

1.833

1.917

2.00

3/4

333

444

593

666

741

815

889

1185

1333

2223

2444

2556

2667

1

250

333

445

500

556

611

667

889

1000

1667

1833

1917

2000

1 1/4

200

266

355

400

445

489

534

711

800

1334

1466

1537

1600

1 1/2

167

222

396

333

371

407

445

593

667

1111

1222

1278

1333

13/4

143

190

254

285

318

349

381

508

571

953

1047

1095

1143

2

125

167

222

250

278

306

334

445

500

834

917

959

1000

21/4

111

148

197

222

247

272

296

396

444

741

815

852

889

21/2

100

133

178

200

222

244

267

356

400

667

733

767

800

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2 3/4

91

121

161

182

202

222

243

323

364

606

667

697

727

s

3

83

111

148

167

185

204

222

296

333

556

611

639

667

2

31/4

77

102

137

154

171

188

205

273

308

513

564

590

615

Z

3 1/2

71

95

127

143

159

175

191

254

286

476

524

548

571

H O

3 3/4

67

89

118

133

148

163

178

237

267

445

489

511

533

|

4

63

83

111

125

139

153

167

222

250

417

458

479

500

UJ *

41/4

59

78

104

118

131

144

157

209

235

392

431

451

471

41/2

56

74

99

111

124

136

148

197

222

370

407

426

445

0

4 3/4

53

70

93

105

117

128

140

187

210

351

386

404

421

UJ OE

5

50

67

89

100

111

122

133

178

200

333

367

383

400

CO

51/4

48

63

85

95

105

116

127

169

190

318

349

365

381

UJ 5

51/2

45

61

81

91

101

111

121

162

182

303

333

349

364

5 3/4

43

58

77

87

97

106

116

155

174

290

319

333

348

6

42

56

74

83

93

102

111

148

167

278

306

320

333

6 1/4

40

53

71

80

89

98

107

142

160

267

293

307

320

61/2

38

51

68

77

86

94

103

137

154

256

282

295

308

6 3/4

37

49

66

74

82

91

99

132

148

247

272

284

296

7

36

48

63

71

79

87

95

127

143

238

262

274

286

8

31

42

56

63

70

76

83

111

125

208

229

240

250

9

28

37

49

56

62

68

74

99

111

185

203

213

222

10

25

33

44

50

56

61

67

89

100

167

183

192

200

The Mildot Master (R) is now standard issue to U.S. Army snipers, while mil dot cards (L) are useful, and a hand-held calculator essential.

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