MRAD vs. MOA: A Comparison

Gun Basics

Accuracy at long-range requires a significant degree of precision, which is why it’s critical to pair a precision rifle with a quality rifle scope to put your rounds where you want them. 

When it comes to high magnification scopes there are two primary systems of measuring shot placement – the MRAD & MOA systems. These two systems of measurement are used to calibrate scopes and shots to improve accuracy at range.

We’ll explain and compare these systems so you can move beyond personal preference and make a more informed decision about the right system for you. 

Not to leave you out in the cold, we’ll wrap up with some examples and recommendations for each kind of scope, noting the strengths and weaknesses of each along the way.

By Michael Crites

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.

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