Understanding Shooting-Angle Compensation

(Last Updated On: February 4, 2021)

Are you trying to grasp reimbursement for shooting angles? Just in case there is any misunderstanding, it means compensating for uphill or downhill firing. If you go hunting in the mountains, you’ll want to know exactly what it entails.

It can be difficult to fire uphill or downhill, but it is essential to understand. I don’t know about you, but I would hate to miss a mountain hunting shot because I didn’t make up for the angle at which I would shoot properly. We’ll go over some of the basics in this article to help you understand this definition.

The Basics

There has been a long-standing rumor about whether you need to target up or down when aiming uphill or downhill. It’s one of those things that families have been through. I hate to break it to you, but there’s a fair chance the rumor you’ve read is incorrect.

Before making your shot, there are a few things you have to learn. Gravity is the most apparent one. The bullet would be impacted by gravity after shooting the gun, and the bullet flies through the air. The shot will be pushed towards the ground by gravity. The speed mainly dictates the sufficient distance of the round, so if a bullet is quicker, it will continue traveling before dropping.

Next, simple angles have to be learned. They’ve all mastered algebra, so we’re going to leave it at that. It is essential, however, to be able to estimate about 45 degrees up or down.

Take The Shot

Now that you understand the fundamentals, we can learn the shot.

Right at the beginning, let’s get this out of the way. When shooting both uphill and downhill, the bullet will strike high. When shot at an angle, gravity influences the velocity of the shot rather than the trajectory. Whatever the rise, you’re going to be hitting a little low.

If your shot is at a decently close range, however, you’re not going to have to change your target point at all. Within 175-225 meters, the shot won’t need to be changed.

If you are shooting at an angle greater than 45 degrees or at a distance greater than 200 meters, you have to begin thinking about changing your aim. You will have to change the space that you are aiming at these steep angles or longer ranges.

There are two simple ways of doing it, and both of them enable you to calculate angles or estimate them accurately. You can install devices on your weapon to do this, such as an angle cosine indicator. To reliably determine what range you should be aiming at, you will need this angle. If you use the cosine angle indicator, it will give you the percentage of cosine to aim at it. You will multiply 500 x .98 to figure out that you will keep at 490 meters if your measured range is 500 meters and your angle cosine indicator gives you 10 degrees or 98 cosine percentage.

Less math is required for the next way to do this. Based on projections, it’s just a simple fix. You’re essentially going to guess or weigh your angle. You’ll need a reference guide to remember the conversions, but here are a few popular ones for you. You’re firing 10 degrees at 98%, 20 degrees at 94%, 30 degrees at 87%, and 45 degrees at 70%.

The angle cosine predictor will give you a much more accurate reading, so you will not have to do any guesswork. However, it will allow for a far more reasonable picture to remember these few numbers for a short shot.

Finally, some high-tech rangefinders for you will spit out all this stuff. This could be a worthwhile investment for you if you hunt in steep terrain regularly,


As you can see, it’s not as hard to fire uphill or downhill as people make it out to be. There are a few simple rules to bear in mind, and you’ll be able to make more precise shots as long as you understand them.

No matter which approach you choose, knowing the basics will make it possible for you to succeed.



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