uphill shots

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by skandlus, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. skandlus

    skandlus Well-Known Member

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    whats the rule of thumb for shooting uphill? my 12 yr old is shooting a savage 243 100gr... I ranged the buck at 441yards with my geovids, deer was maybe 6-700 feet vertically up the hill from us... we put swarovski tds plex on 12x(200yrd zero)... software says 3rd line down is 461 yards... I set up the tripod and the Claw and he took a shot.

    1st shot 2-3ft high
    2nd shot lined up at 2nd line(381 yrds) still too high
    3rd shot, shot the gap, 1st line(283) on top of back and he shot maybe 2in high...
    deer ran off

    what up?
     
  2. NomadPilot

    NomadPilot Well-Known Member

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    Assuming the deer was 700 feet above you and 441 yards line-of-sight, you were shooting at a 32 degree angle. That means you should have dialed (or held) for 373 yards instead of 441.

    As to why you were high on subsequent shots when you held lower, that's odd.

    ETA: http://www.longrangehunting.com/articles/angle-shooting.php
     

  3. skandlus

    skandlus Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the reply and link... he is 12 and who knows what the reticle really looked like when he shot... he could have pulled instead of squeezed the trigger, or closed his eyes or been too amped up and wobbling ever so slightly ... who really knows...
     
  4. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

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    Nomad’s numbers are good. I just figured it fast in Exbal using a 45 degree angle and for a 243 sighted in at 200 yards and if ranged at 461 the corrected hold would be 380 yards +-. Your 381 yard hold should have popped him.

    Has the youngster shot at that kind of range? Maybe a little buck fever and a little movement. Bet he was having fun though.
     
  5. skandlus

    skandlus Well-Known Member

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    nope, but were gonna get out and practice some longer range stuff... hes getting more comfortable w/the rifle/scope every time... He did have a great time, tho
    thx guys