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Old 07-31-2001, 08:19 PM
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Re: First shot out of wet barrel

The GPS ranging method generally requirs that the fixes be taken beforehand. However with a good military map it should be possible to get reasonably close by entering coordinates off the map.

Most people hunt the same areas so it should be a simply matter to collect data points over time.

The program can calculate the range from one firing position to 30 Target Reference Points. More if you feel like doing some minor modifications to the spreadsheet.

The spreadsheet requires that a single wind direction be entered and from that the corrected windage (taking angle into account) is calculated for every TRP.

The spreadsheet also compensates for angle and can be used for moving targets.

I have a Cassiopea handheld computer with an LCD screen that is easy to see in broad daylight. Once the gps data points are entered this thing is the cat's ass for ranging and shooting to or near known positions.

The spreadsheet can calculate ranges as quickly as you can enter the coordinates of the firing position.

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Old 07-31-2001, 09:27 PM
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Re: First shot out of wet barrel

Peter

That's an interesting concept.

What we use to do if we hunted the same area was to go out to our ridge or shooting position that we backpacked into.
We would take a camera and take a panorama picture or two of the mountain we were going to be shooting to.
We then would have two or three large pictures developed and put them into a folder.
We then returned to the ridge we took the pictures at with the folder in our backpacks and a Barr and Stroud Rangefinder.
Every prominent thing (rock, group of rocks, odd tree, group of trees, ridges ect) we saw on the far mountain we would range and write down on the picture in the corresponding place.
When that was finished, we would NEVER have to have our rangefinder with us again when we went to that spot. All we needed was the folder with the pictures that had all the yardages written on it.

When a deer or elk stepped out anywhere on that mountain, we had that area ranged and could simply look at the spot he was standing and look on the picture for the yardage.

This worked real well and we never had to take a rangefinder with us if we were going to hunt that same spot.

Now that we have the military lasers, we can move to any location and just set up and when the animal steps out, we laser him for the accurate yardage.

Just food for thought on the picture sinario. That worked real well for us as long as we hunted the SAME place.

In fact, all one would have to do in that situation is borrow a Barr and Stroud rangefinder and range your favorite spot and write the yardages on the picture and then return the rangefinder. Not much expense involved there at all. A 10X12 Pic or two.

Just a thought as to how we did it here in North Central PA and in Colorado when we first went there.

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