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Topic: mildot question
Posted By: Dunno
Subject: mildot question
Date Posted: August/13/2009 at 05:46
I have to start learning how to use a mildot scope. I've read about them on how you need to know the size of the target to range it. The first question that came to mind was when deer hunting, can you judge by the inches between backbone and chest or should i judge from his back to the ground? first i guess i'll have to determine whether he's an average size deer or larger than normal.
Any suggestions?

Posted By: 8shots
Date Posted: August/13/2009 at 06:04
The normal method would be to judge backbone to chest, as the ground is often covered by different lengths of grass or scrub.
You would also have to know the dimensions of the typical animal you intend too hunt. Different age group animals and the sex also determines final measurement.
This type of ranging can only be approximate.
You can also use the size of the head etc to the same effect. Like everything in life it requires practise.
You can draw lifesize targets and put that out in the field or as in South Africa, you can purchase lifesized animal targets.

Posted By: Dogger
Date Posted: August/13/2009 at 07:17
This link is a bit of a read but should help with your understanding of ranging with mildots: -

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Posted By: Dogger
Date Posted: August/13/2009 at 07:29
Damn not being able to edit! 
As 8shots said measure from backbone to chest.  For whitetail we generally use an approximation of 18".
Since a mil at 100yds is 3.6" a "normal" mature whitetail would cover about 5 mildots at 100yds.  If you bracket the deer and it covers 2.5 mildots that tells you it is about 200 yds away, 1.6 dots would be 300 yds and so on.  Takes practice and you must have a good assumption of normal target size.
For groundhogs standing we use 12", prairie dogs 9-10".  If I can find a site that provides a list I will update.

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Posted By: Kickboxer
Date Posted: August/13/2009 at 09:16
Get a Mil-dot Master from SWFA...
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Posted By: Dunno
Date Posted: August/13/2009 at 17:04
Thanks guys....good info

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