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Actual or Horizontal Range ? which do you use

with the new rangefinders that use I/D technology ,do you use the actual or horizontal range they give you ??
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-10-2016, 08:30 PM
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Re: Actual or Horizontal Range ? which do you use

I've been using one for 6 yrs now.
I set it to I'd and use that. But I hunt the side of hill. Every shot has been up or down. I also use the range finder for sighting in. I think that way the bow is calibrated to the range finder.
So far it's worked perfect for me.
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Re: Actual or Horizontal Range ? which do you use

I have the Remington with T3 angle technology, works great, level ground or up in the tree stand.

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Re: Actual or Horizontal Range ? which do you use

My rangefinder doesn't compensate for angles, so I just subtract a few yards depending on distance and my treestand height.

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Re: Actual or Horizontal Range ? which do you use

Here is how you do it:
WITHOUT the angle compensating range finder--while sitting in your treestand--range straight out NOT down--straight out to a tree, or other object in a straight line. This is the actual distance. With most shots being close range you will not be off by much in your compensation.
NOW--with the angle compensation range finders--point, and shoot your range finder, and they will compensate.
Here in the east the angle compensation feature isn't such a big deal. If you will be stalking in places such as out west in hills, mountains, bluffs, and really steep angles is where the angle compensating range finders really shine especially longer range rifle shots.
For the most part here in the east I simply suggest what I stated above, or stand at the base of the tree that your stand is in--aim your range finder at various trees, and land marks--STRAIGHT LINE, and get your ranges. Make a mental note, and know or have a little area mapped out in your head. When a deer is at, or within that area--I do a little arc shaped area as far as ranges. When the animal is at, or within that pre-ranged area I know it's at--20, 30, or 40 yards.
I hope I have helped in some way.
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Re: Actual or Horizontal Range ? which do you use

I have never had a situation where it really makes any difference.

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Re: Actual or Horizontal Range ? which do you use

At reasonable hunting ranges the difference is small unless the hillside is really steep or your stand is 20' or higher. I've been to 3-d shoots where the shot is 50+ yards down a very steep slope and the difference is very noticeable, going from a pinwheel 10 to a high in the back 5!
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Re: Actual or Horizontal Range ? which do you use

There shouldn't be any difference if your arc is working properly? Stand say 20 yards from the base of a tall chimney or light pole and shoot straight at the object and then shoot at the top and your readings should be the same? Most rangefinders are listed as being accurate within 1-3% so your readings may differ by 1/2 yard or so. When compared to others in a group using different brands of rangers there is always a small variance.
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Re: Actual or Horizontal Range ? which do you use

I always aim a tad ,low just a tad, for deer flinch but my max range is 25 yards.
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