## 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

 Meters 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.45 0.5 0.55 0.6 0.81 0.91 1.5 1.67 1.75 1.80 Inches 9 12 16 18 2 22 24 32 36 60 66 69 72 Yards 0.25 0.333 0.444 0.5 0.558 0.611 0.667 0.889 1 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

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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