Re: air pressure - relative or absolute?
Originally Posted by EXPRESS
That's what I was thinking. Bow do you measure humidity? Have you ever known it do make any real difference in your trajectory?
Some of the Kestral stations provide humidity measurments. So do some of the Brunton units. I use the Brunton. Some models have it and some dont. Honestly, the difference between 0% and 100% humidity has a very small effect on trajectories. At least using average loads up to 1K. For my 308 the difference is somewhere around 6" at a full 1000 yards. This can definately be a deciding factor between a hit and a miss. At least it is a managable variable in the case you dont have a pocket station that measures humidity whereas pressure and temps are not quite as managable on a long shot. You REALLY need to know the pressure and temp.
If you cant afford the top end models that measure humidity, you can document it from the nearest airport etc....during you range sessions. When you are out hunting it should be fairly obvious whether or not it is average, dryer or more humid. A minor addition or subtraction is typically adequete. I cant see where anyone would actually sight in their rifle in 0% or 100% and then shoot the exact opposite. There are extremes such as sighting in at Phoenix and hunting in Ketchikan. Even then you could expect 20% versus 80% which is not too bad. On average, the difference will be between 50% and 80% which is minimal as far as we are concerned.
Beyond 1K and you had better not 'wing' any variable.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.