I learned from watching and asking, making mistakes, and achieving success. Remember how many clicks are on your windage turret, so you can quickly come back to zero should the wind die down, or switch direction. …and it will hit the target in a spread of inches according to its MOA. 1 MOA increment at 200 yards is 2″. These crosswinds have different values, which range between 0 and over 10 miles per hour (we are going to consider how to gauge wind speed and direction later in this article). In a left wind (from 9 o'clock), picture the bullet landing on the right side of the target. And likewise, 1/2 MOA is 1/2 of those 3″ increments, or 1.5″. Good long-distance shooting, even on steel targets, takes hard work and extensive practice. If you don’t, some giant buck or bull will jump up right in front of you and you’ll miss him because your scope is still dialed for a 500-yard shot. Now, let’s go back to basic trigonometry (you’ll need it for long-range shooting).

For the long pass, you’re going to give the ball a higher angle in order to reach the receiver.

But there are crosswinds, which can sway your bullet from side to side. It doesn't matter, because the angle itself is devoid of units, it's just an angle. © 2017 Barney Outdoor Outfitters.

When hunting the wide-open spaces of the West, being able to dial the turret on your scope so you can hold the crosshairs directly on vitals for a shot is a huge advantage. For instance, your 500-yard group may impact 0.5 MOA low, and the 1,000-yard group 0.75 MOA low. You need to hear 9 clicks to make the correction. If 1 MOA is 1″ at 100 yards, how many MOA is 2″ at 200 yards? Crosswinds have different values.

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For example, 1 MOA at 300 yards is 3”.

In our context I'll use the term “minute” to be interchangeable with MOA. how many clicks would you need in order to hit your target?

Of course, combining the systems creates the perfect marriage. Six days I’d been hunting one big mule deer buck; six days of cat-and-mouse maneuvers among the sagebrush and pinyon/juniper breaks of southern Utah. To understand the minute of angle, let’s consider an hour. So don’t scrimp on research or funding when you’re scope shopping.