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Muleys 24/7
05-01-2012, 08:12 PM
With most of us living out west, we are blessed to hunt in some of the most beautiful terrain our country has to offer. We pursue game from rolling foothills to high elevation,rugged steep canyons.

The shots we make are not always flat, like at your local shooting range. Dose anyone have tips or a system that works for incline and decline shots? What is your preferred way to practice these shots before hunting season?

Old Hunter
05-01-2012, 08:40 PM
Never did practice them. When they pop up hunting I shoot a little low.

JNDEER
05-02-2012, 10:39 AM
I do not have a system. Based on yardage (either up or down) on the rangefinder and nowing what my drop is on my rifle I estimate. The steeper the angle the more I take of on yardage. In reality with a fairly flat shooting round your hold should not be too far off.

NoMoreOldNo7
05-02-2012, 12:27 PM
Both responses nailed it. The amount of gravity affecting a bullets performance when shooting a steep incline or decline will make the bullet act like the yardage is closer. Its hard to explain, but easier to understand with a drawing. If you take point A (being your location) point B (the target location)
A ========= (Horiziontal line = 180 yards)
---- *
-------- *
----------- *
------------- *
-----------------B (line of sight 240 yards)

The amount of gravity affecting the bullet is the distant of the straight line horiziontally between the two rather than the distant from line of sight, so to make a long story short, aim lower (as if the target is closer). And as JNDEER mentioned, it doesn't matter if the target is up or down.

NoMoreOldNo7
05-02-2012, 12:37 PM
Now all that being said unless the distance is way out there (maybe in excess of 400 yards) the path of the bullet won't be affected that much, at least with my rifle sighted in at 200 yards. Anything beyond 300 yards in that circumstance I would reconsider the shot and try to get closer or pass on the shot.

In God We Trust
05-02-2012, 03:09 PM
You can buy an angle measurement tool that mounts onto your rifle. Once you get the angle plug it into a ballistic calculator and you will have your adjusted yardage. Another way is to get a rangefinder with the angle compensation. See the thread titled "High Country Range Finder".

Old Hunter
05-02-2012, 07:19 PM
It's all relative to what you're shooting. I shoot a slow poke muzzleloader. So, i'm affected at short distances.

Elkoholic307
05-02-2012, 08:48 PM
ACI Indicator. Works pretty slick.

Montana
05-03-2012, 07:30 AM
Nice post... Informational.

Ikeepitcold
05-03-2012, 09:41 AM
I've been thinking of getting a range finder with the ARC technology built in just for the angle shots.

8750
05-03-2012, 10:19 AM
Both responses nailed it. The amount of gravity affecting a bullets performance when shooting a steep incline or decline will make the bullet act like the yardage is closer. Its hard to explain, but easier to understand with a drawing. If you take point A (being your location) point B (the target location)
A ========= (Horiziontal line = 180 yards)
---- *
-------- *
----------- *
------------- *
-----------------B (line of sight 240 yards)

The amount of gravity affecting the bullet is the distant of the straight line horiziontally between the two rather than the distant from line of sight, so to make a long story short, aim lower (as if the target is closer). And as JNDEER mentioned, it doesn't matter if the target is up or down.

That is a great drawing.
An easy way to think about it, as well, is that gravity only works perpendicular (vertical) to the earths level surface. the bullet will only be affected in this direction by gravity, so horizantal distance only affects the time the bullet, or arrow, is in the air i.e. the time that gravity has to act on the object.
The vertical distance to angle distance will always be d=R*cos(theta), where R is the actual line of sight distance, and theta is the angle. easy things to remember are that cos(30)=sqrt(3)/2~~.87 and cos(45)~~.71
so if you are shooting 100yds at an angle of 30degrees, then this is like shooting 87yds horizontal. 100yds at an angle of 45degrees is like 71yds horizontal.

Just remember those two numbers and you should be pretty good with a fairly flat shooting rifle.

Elkoholic307
05-03-2012, 10:21 AM
Nice post... Informational.

Did you want me to write a review on it? It's pretty simple to use but I can break it down for you.

Jeremy
05-03-2012, 04:40 PM
I've been thinking of getting a range finder with the ARC technology built in just for the angle shots.

Be careful with these, most are mainly designed for bow hunting and don't work worth a crap at distance.

Elkoholic307
05-03-2012, 07:57 PM
If you have the money, get the G7 BR2.