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    Incline and Decline Shots

    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?
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    Never did practice them. When they pop up hunting I shoot a little low.

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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".
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    It's all relative to what you're shooting. I shoot a slow poke muzzleloader. So, i'm affected at short distances.

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    ACI Indicator. Works pretty slick.
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    Nice post... Informational.

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    I've been thinking of getting a range finder with the ARC technology built in just for the angle shots.

 

 

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