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Im wondering as to what the tactical difference is between the two Leupold M1 and M3 knobs on the tactical line of scopes? The advantages and disadvantages of them.

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M1 Dials have 1/4 moa on elev and 1/4 moa on wind. The M3 has 1 moa elev and 1/2 wind so the M3 will give you more adjustment. M3 also has elevation adjustment that compensates for bullet drop. The elevation dial is calibrated for bullet drop to a maximum range that depends on your caliber.


 Here is a little more information I found on it.


"The M3 knobs move the crosshairs 1 MOA or approximately one inch at 100 yards with each click. The one inch clicks resulted form the Army's request to have adjustments that could reach to 1000 yards with one turn of the knob for snipers. It is faster and easier to keep track of than 1/4" clicks most scopes have. A scope with 1/4" clicks requires  four full turns of the knob for 1000 yards of elevation.  If you think you need 1/4" clicks, there is an identical scope with M1 knobs for more precise adjustments. 


Calibers and load combinations not covered by the standard dials can be created by the Leupold Custom Shop


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The tactical difference is that a military shooter, going from a 100 yard zero to a 1,000 yard shot (I know, Army, SEALS, and Marines don't zero at 100 yards, it's for effect) on a .308 would need 38 click to be on target with M3 and 152 to be on target with M1 - using 118LR ammo.

The first time you get lost on an elevation dial, you too will appreciate this. 

Since most shooters never leave the 100 yard line, maybe venture out to the 200 yard line when their confidence is sky-high, either will do the trick.  If you plan to shoot at many targets at significantly varying distances, M3 is faster but rougher.  If you plan to shoot at targets of know and consistent distance, M1 would be the wise choice: finer adjustment for precision, near and far, but more clicks to accomplish this.

My recommendation would be buy something other than Leupold, but if you heart is set, I'd say get the M1.  If you would like recommendations on other scopes that might better fit your needs, let us know the caliber shooting, type of shooting, ranges shooting, and budget.  There are many knowledgable shooters in here, and Optimus Prime is here too.

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