Originally Posted by imasam
Hey, guys you're making it too difficult shooting up and down hill.
The only distance that really matters is the horizontal distance to the target. The velocity gained from shooting down hill or velocity lost shooting up hill doesn't make any difference to your hold over point. Longer distance vertically (up or down) only speeds up or slows down your bullet your bullet. The added time in flight shooting up hill might add a little bit of difference but at hunting ranges it is minimal. The hold over to use is that of the horizontal distance to the target.
Dont start. You will loose.
I will tell you what is too difficult. That is using the horozontal distance and missing the trophy of a lifetime. I know I dont want to live with that.
For closer ranges at minimal angle, horizontal distance is fair. If you are going to do something at all, do it right.
Aside from using the horizontal range method being mathematically wrong, add the factor of your line of sight distance is STILL 'X' yards. By using horizontal distance your MIL value is wrong, your MOA values are wrong, your click values are wrong etc....In other words if you are shooting at 1K and aim for 700 yards based on LOS distance * cosine of angle which your drop chart tells you to aim 69 clicks for 700 yards. Using a .25 MOA click value this works out to 1.75 MOA per click at 700 yards. The value for 1K is 2.5 MOA per click. So 2.5 MOA instead of 1.75 = 48 clicks. You would hit WAY too high my friend! To me, that is too difficult. There is a reason NONE of the ballistic calculators DO NOT use the horizontal distance method. If it worked at all, they would use it.
If you are going to cut corners at least use the improved riflemans method. That is taking actual line of sight MOA, Click or inch value * cosine of the angle. This method is FAR more accurate than taking line of sight * cosine.