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    Shooting at higher altitude

    So I hope there is someone here on the site that will have the answer to this one.

    Heading off shortly to Namibia, the altitude will be circa 5500 ft. ASL. I fully appreciate that my lungs may be wheezing a bit up there but are there any concerns about bullet drop ?

    Using a 308 with 180gr ammo. Your thoughts and any practical experience gratefully received.

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    Blaser K95 Luxus Kipplaufbüchse .25-06Rem. Zeiss 8x56, 110gn Nosler Accubond = Game Over!

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    I hunted chamois and capercaillie for many years, since i was a teenager, in the mountains, at a average altitude of 6500 ft , and i can tell you,at higher altitudes, the air have a lower density, so there is less drag on the bullet. Therefore, the bullet behaves as if it has a higher ballistic coefficient. The higher the altitude, the less the bullet will drop.
    Hope this help!

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    Yes, drops less, about 1/4 MOA
    0.5 inch at 200 yards
    1.0 inch at 300 yards
    2.1 inch at 400 yards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern View Post
    Yes, drops less, about 1/4 MOA
    0.5 inch at 200 yards
    1.0 inch at 300 yards
    2.1 inch at 400 yards
    I wouldn't worry about such minutae, old Angus couldn't hit a wheelie bin at 300 yards, never mind 400....

    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claret_Dabbler View Post
    I wouldn't worry about such minutae, old Angus couldn't hit a wheelie bin at 300 yards, never mind 400....

    you young cubs have no respect !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claret_Dabbler View Post
    I wouldn't worry about such minutae, old Angus couldn't hit a wheelie bin at 300 yards, never mind 400....

    I recently even witnessed old Angus fondling a plastic stocked rifle...could have even been a Remington...

    edi

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    Wheelie bin & Remington in the same post - What springs to mind??

    (sorry - just my warped mind wandering again)

    Advice to the OP - Walk slower at high altitude. Check zero at high level at the range that you expect to hunt at. Then point & shoot. Don't over think it. (Brain work is more difficult with lower oxygen levels at altitude) --- Anyways you're only going to be at a "Munro & a half" so it shouldn't hardly be noticable.

    Enjoy!!

    Ian

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    Thanks for the pertinent advice guys. I am actually surprised that the bullet drops less.in another life windsurfing in hotter climates we piled on a bigger sail owing to the air being thinner/hotter.

    and yes,before any Irish smart arse gets in the windsurfing was at sea-level. Now I must go back out and practice at that wheelie bin with my Remington. Really what did I do to deserve this.....and when did I suddenly become old Angus. The anonymity of the internet be damned.

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    Sorry buddy, felt the need to take the piss slightly.

    Any pig trips planned this year?
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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