Knowing your range to target is a must for long-range shooting. In the field, shooters usually carry a laser rangefinder or, in some cases, use their reticle to "mil" the target. Besides using a laser rangefinder or your reticle, how else can you get the range to your target? This video looks at milling and using a laser rangefinder and discusses GPS and map-and-compass techniques.
The first technique demonstrated was the map-and-compass technique. This simple technique requires a map and compass and is the slowest to use. If you live and work in the backcountry and carry a map and compass, it is not bad to familiarize this technique. However, leveraging a laser rangefinder, GPS, or even milling your target is more efficient. If you don't have a GPS or laser rangefinder, or you don't know the size of your target, this is an excellent option for finding distance.
The second technique demonstrated is the GPS method. This method requires you to take the waypoints of each target, then measure from your shooting position. This method is excellent for setting up static ranges and especially useful for setting up extreme long-range ranges.
Before laser rangefinders, precision marksmen would MIL their target to find the distance. In the video, the host demonstrates this technique. All shooters should have a rough understanding of this technique in the event their rangefinder dies in the field. The only downsides are milling requires a lot of time, and you have to know the size of your target. The last technique demonstrated is the use of a laser rangefinder. Laser range finders are lightweight, fast, and accurate. Laser rangefinders can give you an angle and even a firing solution. Use a stable platform like a tripod or a natural barrier for longer ranges.
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ORYX Rifle Chassis.Photo courtesy of Matt Hornback.
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