MIL vs MOA: Understanding The Difference in Scope Measurements

When the military standardizes particular ammo calibers, the civilian world usually catches on. Although it was not made as a military round, the 6.5 Creedmoor chambering suddenly becomes very popular in the long-range shooting community and thus the quest for the perfect 6.5 Creedmoor Scope gained considerable interest among competition shooters and hunters.

While a few decades ago, “long-range” was considered distances of 400 to 800 yards, today those ranges are well beyond 1,000 yards.  Currently, more and more target shooters and long-range hunters skew towards specific rifles chambered in an adequate caliber and equipped with specially designed optics featuring more precise ballistic reticles.

For a better understanding of the difference between these two terms, let’s explain their names and roles in precision marksmanship.

With a growing presence of those long and mid-range-capable cartridges and more affordable precision rifles, the conversation between long-range shooters lingers around MIL vs MOA.

Actually, you can’t really go wrong with either.

Until the first decade of 21st century, the Minutes of Angle (or more precisely “minute of arc”) were the only accepted units of measure for riflescopes and gun accuracy among North American hunters and shooters.

Somewhere between the years


Originally posted on The Prepper Journal