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What exactly does MOP stand for in reference to shooting? I know MOA is 'minute of angle' but am unfamiliar with MOP. Thanks in advance for the education.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

steve182

Since I started this, I should answer it! Has you know everyone is hell bent on shooting groups at 100 yards with the accuracy of less than one inch or better known as “MOA” Minute Of Angle or one inch . Generally these same individuals are the ones that will give you hell for shooting past 150 yards when they too have a rifle that shoots less than MOA and brag about one hole groups. This may be fine talking about MOA, but let’s move from the range to the field. Now we are switching the ability of shooting “MOA” to “MOP” Minute Of PiePlate. If you can hit “MOP” known as hitting a pie plate at the range your shooting, you are defiantly in the kill are or “DEER DOWN”! If you can hit ½ MOP at 100 yards then you should be able to hit MOP at 200 yards. During High Power Competition, I was shooting rapid fire with ¼ MOP at 200 yards sitting. By shooting ¼ MOP at 200 yards my effective accuracy of MOP will be 800 yards.

Bottom line!
A many hunts are ruined because the hunter has gone to great lengths of getting to their destination only to find there rifle has been bumped and the scope is off. Ok your rifle shoots 2 inches low and right at 100 yards. First of all, how far are shots normally taken? I would say less than 150 yards, more like 60 to 100 yards. You’re still shooting less than “MOP” and that’s good enough for the moment until you can resight you rifle.

IT”S ALL IN THE HEAD WITHER IT’S A SUCCESSFUL HUNT OR NOT!

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Clay, thanks, i had a feeling that's what it meant. And I agree with you. My deer rifle shoots nearly MOA...probably would if not for the heavy trigger and mediocre skills of the shooter. My Shotgun shoots slugs MOP, and thats good enough for me.

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

My kid and I often use cheap paper plates stapled to a box or plywood for targets at longer ranges. Thanks to Clay we now refer to them as pieplates so we can adopt the term MOP. Makes perfectly good sense to us.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Varmint guys use the term "minute of Prairie dog"

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

When sighting in a new gun or scope i use the backside of a pizzabox, just use a magic marker or tape some crosshairs on it.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

About damn time you explained that to the young folks Coop!

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

steve182, I like pizza boxes or the round cardboard plates.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

steve182

Since I started this, I should answer it! Has you know everyone is hell bent on shooting groups at 100 yards with the accuracy of less than one inch or better known as “MOA” Minute Of Angle or one inch . Generally these same individuals are the ones that will give you hell for shooting past 150 yards when they too have a rifle that shoots less than MOA and brag about one hole groups. This may be fine talking about MOA, but let’s move from the range to the field. Now we are switching the ability of shooting “MOA” to “MOP” Minute Of PiePlate. If you can hit “MOP” known as hitting a pie plate at the range your shooting, you are defiantly in the kill are or “DEER DOWN”! If you can hit ½ MOP at 100 yards then you should be able to hit MOP at 200 yards. During High Power Competition, I was shooting rapid fire with ¼ MOP at 200 yards sitting. By shooting ¼ MOP at 200 yards my effective accuracy of MOP will be 800 yards.

Bottom line!
A many hunts are ruined because the hunter has gone to great lengths of getting to their destination only to find there rifle has been bumped and the scope is off. Ok your rifle shoots 2 inches low and right at 100 yards. First of all, how far are shots normally taken? I would say less than 150 yards, more like 60 to 100 yards. You’re still shooting less than “MOP” and that’s good enough for the moment until you can resight you rifle.

IT”S ALL IN THE HEAD WITHER IT’S A SUCCESSFUL HUNT OR NOT!

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

My kid and I often use cheap paper plates stapled to a box or plywood for targets at longer ranges. Thanks to Clay we now refer to them as pieplates so we can adopt the term MOP. Makes perfectly good sense to us.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Varmint guys use the term "minute of Prairie dog"

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

steve182, I like pizza boxes or the round cardboard plates.

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Clay, thanks, i had a feeling that's what it meant. And I agree with you. My deer rifle shoots nearly MOA...probably would if not for the heavy trigger and mediocre skills of the shooter. My Shotgun shoots slugs MOP, and thats good enough for me.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from steve182 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

When sighting in a new gun or scope i use the backside of a pizzabox, just use a magic marker or tape some crosshairs on it.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

About damn time you explained that to the young folks Coop!

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