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power, each dot (from center to center) is one mil apart (3.6 inches at 100 yards). When trying to find the range of an object you estimate the size of the object in yards, multiply that by 1,000 yards, and divide that by the number of mils that spans the target height. So if we have a standing deer that has a chest depth of 18 inches, we convert that to yards by dividing it by 36 inches and that equals a half yard. Then we measure up the deer’s chest using the mil dots in the scope, which in this case let’s say it is 2 mils. So we plug those numbers into the equation and come up with 250 yards: .5 yards x 1,000 yards = 500 yards ÷ 2 = 250 yards away. Now, for a cartridge that drops seven inches at 250 yards with a 100-

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yard zero, the crosshairs would have to be raised two mil dots (remember, the distance between dots is 3.6 inches) to compensate for bullet drop and you will put that bullet inside the lethal zone. For most big game woods hunters the mil dot system is a bit much, because most shots are taken within 200 yards (more likely within 100 yards). For varmint hunters and long range competitors, however, Fun Game answers: endangered, rodents, furbearers, cervids, carnivores, flying mammals, climbs trees.
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it works pretty well. I’ve even seen a new breed of .22 LR rimfire competitors use it when shooting at 6-inch steel forms of animals beyond normal rimfire ranges (which is about 75-100 yards). It’s fun to watch these guys working the Mil-Dot system and tag these small targets from 50 to 300 yards. For those who don’t want to take the time using the Mil-Dot system, scope manufacturers have created reticles for the cartridges that have common ballistics (such as .223, .22-250, .3006, .308, .7mm Mag and some others). Once zeroed in at either 100 or 200 yards (depending on cartridge), they are designed so all the other sub-tending lines, circles or dots, are separated in 100-yard increments Leupold has its Boone and Crockett and Varmint reticles with their ballistic aiming system. Burris has its Ballistic Plex system, Zeiss has a Rapid Z reticle, Nikon has the BDC (bullet drop compensation) reticle, and other manufacturers have their own versions. One thing I need to stress, though, is that any of these systems are just aids in determining range and bullet drop, they do not make up for poor marksmanship. So despite the new scope technology, practice is a necessity. For those who hunt woods or brushy areas where shots are close, there is still the post type reticle that fills the bill perfectly for tagging venison. The modern posts usually come in what is called the German #1 and German #4 styles. Rather than a thick single stadia rising to the center, there are three coming in from the east, west and south parts of the lense that do not intersect but give plenty of room in seeing the whole animal.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012
History of the Whitetail
Contents
Decisions, Decisions
Hiking the Elk Range
Young Gun 2
Pennsylvania’s “Wildest” Places
Out of the Fog
Looking Forward To
European Skull Mounts
You Never Know
Just Gittin’ Started
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Decisions, Decisions
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Hiking the Elk Range
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Young Gun 2
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Pennsylvania’s “Wildest” Places
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Out of the Fog
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Looking Forward To
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - European Skull Mounts
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - You Never Know
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Just Gittin’ Started
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - August 2012 - BB1
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