Originally Posted by lefty15
I was watching a hunting show on the tube last night, and the host was talking about shooting uphill and downhill.
The host said that when shooting uphill at say 400 yards it would be like making a 200 yard shot depending on the angle, and the shooter in alot of cases could just shoot straight at the animal, and in some cases maybe even hold under the animal to make the shot. The host the said when shooting downhill depending on the angle the shooter should hold over the animal to make the shot. The host did say that every situation is different, and to use this as just a guidline.
I know that alot of you have far gretaer knowledge about shooting than I have, so do you think that what the host on that TV show was right with his comments, about uphill and downhill shooting?
The only thing the guy said that was correct was that you need to make corrections for up and down shots.
It doesn't matter if it is up or down. Gravity only affects the horizontal distance that the bullet travels. It will always be a shorter distance than the distance between the rifle and target.
This is why we want the cosine angle or cosine factor. You use this to calculate the horizontal distance that the bullet will travel.
That is about as simple as it can be answered without going into trig and geometric mathematics.
If you want the nut and bolts of the math and how it all works, ask Eaglet. He loves that stuff.