Mil vs. MOA – A Realistic Break-Down by Precision Rifle Blog

    While I am not a typical precision rifle shooter, I do occasionally go out and reach to the long ranges with a good bolt gun. Like many today, I was once confused on the two major systems for scope reticles that populate the market: Milliradians and Minutes-of-Angle.

    Precision Rifle Blog has an excellent write-up of the two systems and their function. They focus on the factual differences, rather than get emotionally attached to one system or another.

    For those looking for the nickel-tour, the summary is below. I personally recommend that all shooters follow the last bullet point. 

    • 1/4 MOA adjustments are slightly more precise than 1/10 MIL
    • MIL values are slightly easier to communicate
    • If you think in yards/inches the math for range estimation is easier with MOA. If you think in meters/cm the math is easier with MIL.
    • If you have a friend that is already using one, there is some advantage to being on the same system.
    • Around 90% of the pros use MIL
    • More product options in MIL
    • Whatever you decide, go with matching turret/reticle (i.e. MIL/MIL or MOA/MOA)
    Nathan S

    One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

    The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.