When I am teaching a student to range an unknown distance target using their ranging reticle (mil or MOA based), by far the hardest part for the student is to acccurately measure the target and get the proper mil/MOA measurement.

One of the most difficult parts is that most students have a hard time getting a 1/10 or finer measurement. For instance, I will oftentimes be able to get a 1/1000 measurement, i.e., 4.25

I've tried to come up with a way for the students to practice ranging and try to see these finer measurements for themselves. Here's what I have come up with, and it has worked for many students.

1. Place 1 or more ranging targets out at known distances. An LRF is handy for this. Home Depot sells for sales signs and the like (some are plain, solid white), which make excellent ranging targets. Mark them each with a large number to tell them apart; I use spray paint for this.

2. Once you have your target(s) in place and you know the exact distance, as well as the exact measurements of the ranging targets, figure out the ranging math for each target "backwards". Like this:

You are ranging an 18"x24" target, using the 18" measurement. Our formula for ranging a target measured in inches, with a desired results in yards, using a mil reticle is:

mil measurement

or

Size of target " x 27.778 = X. X divided by (mil measurement) = range to target in yards

So, we already know the answer for our targets, because we put them out and ranged them with an LRF already. What we don't know is the mil reading.

Let's say that we put the target out at 345 yards. The target is 18"x24", and we decided to range using the 18" side.

18" x 27.778 = 666.672.

The range is 345 yards. To figure out what the mil reading should be, we divide 666.672 by 345 = 1.932 mils.

Now we know that when we range our target at 345 yards, using the 18" side of the target, our measurement should be 1.932 mils.

Lie down and range the target, trying to capture exactly what 1.932 mils looks like.

This exercise has helped many of my students to become more proficient with ranging. Give it a try and see if it helps you as well.

This method will work with MOA reticles as well.

One of the most difficult parts is that most students have a hard time getting a 1/10 or finer measurement. For instance, I will oftentimes be able to get a 1/1000 measurement, i.e., 4.25

**5**instead of 4.2 or 4.25. I did not used to be able to do this, but after ranging with a reticle for over 20 years, I can oftentimes*see*that fine a measurement when measuring wtih a reticle. I can only say that it comes from all the practice I've had over the years.I've tried to come up with a way for the students to practice ranging and try to see these finer measurements for themselves. Here's what I have come up with, and it has worked for many students.

1. Place 1 or more ranging targets out at known distances. An LRF is handy for this. Home Depot sells for sales signs and the like (some are plain, solid white), which make excellent ranging targets. Mark them each with a large number to tell them apart; I use spray paint for this.

2. Once you have your target(s) in place and you know the exact distance, as well as the exact measurements of the ranging targets, figure out the ranging math for each target "backwards". Like this:

You are ranging an 18"x24" target, using the 18" measurement. Our formula for ranging a target measured in inches, with a desired results in yards, using a mil reticle is:

__Size of target" x 27.778__mil measurement

or

Size of target " x 27.778 = X. X divided by (mil measurement) = range to target in yards

So, we already know the answer for our targets, because we put them out and ranged them with an LRF already. What we don't know is the mil reading.

Let's say that we put the target out at 345 yards. The target is 18"x24", and we decided to range using the 18" side.

18" x 27.778 = 666.672.

The range is 345 yards. To figure out what the mil reading should be, we divide 666.672 by 345 = 1.932 mils.

Now we know that when we range our target at 345 yards, using the 18" side of the target, our measurement should be 1.932 mils.

Lie down and range the target, trying to capture exactly what 1.932 mils looks like.

This exercise has helped many of my students to become more proficient with ranging. Give it a try and see if it helps you as well.

This method will work with MOA reticles as well.

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