# How many clicks will it take to correctly set a rifle scope that is shooting off center 1" @ 25yds?

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Posted on Apr 12, 2011

• John Fourteen Six Apr 12, 2011

Think of a circle as it is divided into 360 degrees. Each degree is divided into 60 minutes. Each minute is divided into 60 seconds, but
We will be talking about minutes of angle, so..A Minute of Angle is 1 MOA = 1/60th of a degree

• John Fourteen Six Apr 12, 2011

1 MOA = 1.047 inches at 100 yards or to just be cool about we just say 1 MOA = 1 inch. Most accurate long range scopes are set in quarter clicks, So for instance 4 clicks will move the center of impact 1 inch... make since? (4 clicks = 1 MOA)

• John Fourteen Six Apr 12, 2011

eighth clicks (8 clicks = 1 MOA) but less accurate short range scopes are sometimes set in half MOA clicks (2 clicks = 1 MOA) would be each click = 1/2 inch.

• John Fourteen Six Apr 12, 2011

Most accuracy testing is done at 100 yards, because it makes the math easier, and it is close enough to see the bullet holes through a spotting scope.
So you will have to do the math on your settings at 25 yards. Hope this helps Fixya up.

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