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I don't believe there is one "best" way to estimate yardage. For example, picking a 20 yd spot then mentally flipping it over to get to the target works OK until you have to shoot across an open ravine or open water. Likewise, picking a spot halfway to the target, estimating its range, then doubling doesn't work well over open water or a chasm. Probably the best approach is to use a combination of techniques, figure out why the differences or average out the estimates: 1. Pick a 20 yd increment in front of you, then figure how many 20 yd increments there are to the target. 2. Pick a spot you believe to be 20 yds in front of the target, then walk back in increments. 3. Pick a mid-point, estimate it, both from you and from the target, then double it. 4. Pick an object (tree, rock, etc.) about the same distance as the target but off away from the target, estimate it, then estimate the target. Works well shooting across chasms and over water. 5. For steep downhill, pick a tree about the same distance as the target, estimate yardage to the tree on the level (up on the trunk). If no tree, etc. to use and no "cut sheet", cut distance in percentage by 1/2 the estimated angle [30º downhill, estimate yardage and cut by 15% (40 yd target shoot for 34 yds)]. 6. For steep uphill and no cut sheet, estimate distance to the target, cut the distance in percentage by 1/2 the estimated angle. 7. When in doubt, add 5 yds and aim at the bottom of the 10-ring. Most top Pros become familiar enough with the various 3D targets that they get the yardage estimate from the target's apparent size...just remember, small targets appear farther away than they are, large targets appear closer than they are. This technique takes hours and hours of range practice. ... like said, a laser rangefinder is an invaluable training aide.
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