Originally Posted by lovetoshoot
The mil dot looks like it would be hard to use - is it?
Assuming you didn't go to Sniper School?
At first, yes, it's going to take some getting used too, and the range finding aspects of it are going to turn your brain on it's side for a bit, but with some practice it becomes much more natural.
It took me a bunch of "dry fire" ranging practice and about 100 or so rounds at the range to become comfortable with it enough to rely on it.
That said, in this day and age, the Mil-Dot isn't really needed anymore. You can get a "golfers" range finding laser for under $200 that will put you within a yard +/- out to about 400 or 500 yards. With a correct dope card, you can dial in and be on target very easily.
There are purists who will tell you that electronics can fail and that the golfers models aren't the best and on down the line. They are right. I have a Leica that is +/- 1 yard out to 1200 yards. The thing is covered in rubberized "armor" and is pretty much water "proof" and drop "proof". It's part of my range kit and it's in the same case as my .308. I and never with one and not the other. I also have a Mil dot on there, just in case.
Do you need to spend the extra money and get an illuminated Mil-Dot scope with a NV attachment and $2000 glass? Probably not unless you are going to be making a living taking that one important shot for the military or a high profile protection "force" like the Secret Service.
I like the Mil Dot concept and encourage everyone to learn it, because it really is a very good system. But it's just not as necessary in this day and age...
Just my humble opinion - your mileage may vary...