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Knowing the distance to the target or to the game is a key to a successful shot. This need comes about as there is no rifle or cartridge on earth that delivers the bullet with no drop. At a gun range we usually know the distance to the paper target. If not, we ask the rangemaster for this information. In the filed we also need to know the distance to the game. We acquire this information by using a device such as rangefinder, a range-finding riflescope or use some method of estimation.

Some people have riflescopes with reticles (crosshairs) that aid in estimating distance A few have rangefinders that calculate the distance. Even if you do not have a riflescope or range-finding device, no doubt your rifle has a front sight of some sort. Your front sight can also be used to estimate distance. You can determine what the width of the front sight represents on the target at a given distance. For the sake of simplicity, let us say that distance is 50 yards.

On a white sheet of paper draw a bold straight horizontal line about 6-10 inches in length. Place vertical marks one inch apart on that line. Now place this paper at a distance of 50 yards from the shooting position. From this spot you aim the rifle at that paper. The width of the front sight will cover a certain number of inches on that paper line. Count these inches. This becomes your reference. Let us say that the width of front sight in this case cover six inches. Later you go out in the field to hunt rabbits. You aim the rifle at a rabbit. You discover that the width of the front sight cover one half the width of the rabbit that is twelve inches in length. From the information you have gained, you know that the rabbit is at a distance of about 50 yards away. If the front sight cover the body of the rabbit more or less, you can make distance-to-target adjustments accordingly.


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@ Zargham, very nice and informative share. Many thanks.

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Nice share Zargham. Thank you.

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Thanks for sharing , i would like to know how we can determine the distance with a just a scope ?

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