In this quick guide, we are going to breakdown 3 MOA VS 6 MOA reticle to help you better understand how they work and why pick one over the other beyond just the obvious specs.
Most people just pick randomly without knowing why one over the other.
So Let's check it out.
There are tons of red dot sights out there and many of them offers up to 3 or more different reticle sizes. Typically 1 MOA, 3 MOA, 6 MOA and even 12 MOA.
Different dot sizes can benefit your particular shooting applications
Reticle Size Covers The Target Differently
- Is it a rifle or pistol?
- Is it for distanced shooting?
- Will the smaller dot tremor more due to hand motion?
- Does the shooter have astigmatism?
- Is the dot covering too much of the target for a precise shot?
Features FN509 LS Edge With Trijicon SRO 5 MOA
6 MOA covers:
- 6" diameter at 100 yd
- 3" diameter at 50 yd
- 1.5" diameter at 25 yd
- Faster to pick up for close range targets
- Less emitter starburst or reticle smear
- Much bigger dot for shooters, less emitter refraction, a fix for astigmatism
- Less hand motion translated to the reticle for steady aim
- Similar size to pistol front sight post
- Covers up too much of the target sitting far away
- Not great for precision distance shooting
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3 MOA covers:
- 3" diameter at 100 yd
- 1.5" diameter at 50 yd
- 0.75" diameter at 25 yd
- Best balance between precision and speed
- Great for hitting small steel targets
- Covers a 3" diameter hit zone at 100 yd
- Great for PCC
- Hand motion tremors the reticle
- Hand sway tremors the reticle even more at long distance
Ok! I Get The Point - So Which Dot Size To Get?
Features Springfield Hellcat
If you have to pick ONE dot size for pistol use, pick the 6 MOA.
- Much bigger dot to see and acquire at close up
- Better dot clarity with less emitter refraction for astigmatism
- Roughly the same size as most front sight post
- Less reticle tremors for steady aim.
It has more pros over cons and it works well for pistols for close range applications.
Can You Shoot Up To 100 yards with a 6 MOA dot?
Yes a pistol can potentially shoot up to 100 yard accurately, and the 6 MOA dot covers up the target too much.
When Is A 3 MOA Dot Useful?
The 3 MOA is a much finer dot than the 6 MOA, and it's a great in-between reticle size for PCCs and rifles.
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