View Full Version : Range Estimation

05-22-2011, 6:33 PM
is there any way to estimate rang accurately without the use of mils. basically i was shooting a 12 inch steel plate at an unknown distance on 9 power. is there anyway to judge how long the shot is if i have a standard duplex reticle?

05-22-2011, 6:39 PM
Don't compensate for range on the first shot, then observe how much bullet drop, and from this (and knowledge of your ammunition) you could estimate the range for the second shot.

05-22-2011, 6:43 PM
right on thanks, looks like the target was a tad under 500 yrds

05-22-2011, 7:24 PM
If you have an accurate dope card, you could just keep dialing and shooting untill it impacts, then consult your dope for the range. Otherwise, you need to measure it in your reticle somehow. Contact the Manufacture, or do the measurment your self as to how wide your duplex reticle is. It will be pretty course, but if you know, you can make a ball park guess. For example, if you measure and find out the center of your crosshairs to the edge of the duplex (the fatter line) is lets say 6 moa, and your 12" wide target only takes up half that space, you know it is 3 moa wide. The math tells us a 12" object ranged at 3 moa is aproximtaly 380 yards. Without the finer graduation of a mil or moa reticle, your estimation is going to be pretty corse.