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Unread 07-30-2003, 03:28 PM
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Recent article on shooting at angles

Here's a recent article (link) to a seemingly good article. It explains the two (2) basic methods (previously known to me) and a third (3rd) method.

I guess I'll need to setup and find out which system is accurate (near truth ya know).
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Unread 07-31-2003, 09:47 AM
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Re: Recent article on shooting at angles

thats why a range finder is an invaluable tool in the field. your return is always going to be the slant angle range, so all you need to do is comp that from your degree of shot variable for come up or come down.

If it were easy, I wouldn't be doing it.
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Unread 06-29-2008, 10:42 AM
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Using a range finder

What if your range finder stops working because;

1) You utilized a lens cleaning agent on the lens instead of just water.

2) The Batteries Died.

3) The mean time between failure just occurred and the electronics are gone.

4) The internal positioning adjustment of the laser came out of spec.

5) Somehow you accidentally broke it.

6) The air is Hazy and you cannot get a good read.

7) The terrain you are hunting in doesn't contribute to solid readings.

8) It is raining just enough to prohibit readings.

9) It's snowing enough to prohibit readings.

10) You somehow left your LRF back at camp.

Now is when you must have either a Mil-Dot / Milliradian or Minute of Angle Reticle and know how to use it. Your Cartridge Specific BDC reticle that your last Instructor recommended and sold you, is now completely worthless. He really sold you a bag of BS.

In addition, your target is elongated when you are aiming up or down on an angle. How do you range your target now?

For information regarding this and other ranging techniques that work, come out and take my class.

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Unread 07-07-2008, 12:03 PM
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When you are above or below a target and take a vertical mil reading the size of the target is shortened, not elongated. Take the mil reading and multiple it by the cosign twice and you will get the flat line distance.
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Unread 07-07-2008, 04:36 PM
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Before all the gadgets were available this is the system that I
used, It was very simple and if you were a fair judge of distance
it was very good to about 400 yrds.

Looking up or down at the game/target draw an imaginary virtical
line up or down untill you reach horizontal .

Then guess the distance to that point.( all your doing is completing
the triangle ) and you have the "True Ballistic Range" to target.

Its not perfect but it does work very well in a pinch.

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