Look Ma, no batteries! Yes, yes, laser range finders are, for the most part, affordable and available just about anywhere. Ask yourself a question, though. You’re on an important hunt, perhaps a bucket list, once in a lifetime opportunity, or you have just one last day to score some meat for winter. Without warning, your range finder quits, doesn’t matter why, it’s done and you can’t fix the problem. As Karl Malden used to say in the commercial, “What will you do? What will you do?”
Guess what? Your hunt isn’t up the spout, as the Brits would say. If you have the proper reticle in your scope and you know how to estimate range with it, you’re back in business. Here to show you how to do this are the fine folks at Vortex Optics (no, LocaCarnivore doesn’t have an agreement with Vortex).
Just a note. The video talks about a target’s width, but you can also use its known height. If you know the withers to brisket chest dimension for whatever game you are hunting, just superimpose the vertical cross-hair over the target rather than the horizontal one shown in the video. For example, a mature male deer’s chest is about eighteen inches high. Put the horizontal wire at the chest’s base and count the mil or MOA dots up the vertical wire to the beast’s withers.
Range estimation with a MOA or Milliradian reticle is straight forward. It does require some math, but anyone can handle it with a simple pocket calculator. So, watch and learn. You’ll never have to fear range estimation again.
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