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# Caculating Wind Drift

#1
02-27-2013, 09:56 PM
 Junior Member Join Date: Feb 2013 Location: Idaho Posts: 11
Caculating Wind Drift

Hello everyone, got a question for ya'll if you can help me out. I'm trying to learn how to calculate wind drift. I have found a Army formula of
(range/100) x wind velocity / constant.
My question is how do you find out what the constant is for the rifle and load? Is there some formula for figuring it out or is it just off of range experience? I shoot a 300 win mag with 165 grain Nossler Accubonds that have a B.C. of .475 and it is has a muzzle velocity of 3200 fps. Any tips would be very helpful. Thanks.
#2
02-28-2013, 09:16 AM
 Silver Member Join Date: Jan 2012 Posts: 169
Re: Caculating Wind Drift

I personally plug in my bullet info to a ballistic calculator with a 1 mph full value wind out to about 1k yds.

That gives me a baseline bullet drift per 1mph full value wind out to 1k

Then i use the bullet drift value ( say .5 @600yds for 1mph full value wind ) times the speed of the wind, then times the wind value. And that will yeild a pretty accurate wind correction.

Heres is my cheat sheet.
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#3
02-28-2013, 11:35 AM
 Silver Member Join Date: Jan 2013 Posts: 486
Re: Caculating Wind Drift

Cool
#4
02-28-2013, 12:04 PM
 Junior Member Join Date: Feb 2013 Location: Idaho Posts: 11
Re: Caculating Wind Drift

Thanks for the help. I think I need to get out and put some rounds down range and try it out.
#5
02-28-2013, 12:13 PM
 Silver Member Join Date: Jan 2012 Posts: 169
Re: Caculating Wind Drift

If you dont have a ballistic calculator i can run your numbers for you but until you start chunking lead its all just theory
#6
02-28-2013, 12:58 PM
 Silver Member Join Date: Jan 2013 Posts: 486
Re: Caculating Wind Drift

He can make charts off the Hornady website as well. They have a nice calculator that is easy to use. I tend to copy and paste the chart into a spreadsheet and delete data I don't need. I make a couple of charts, but them back to back, then tape the whole thing in packing tape to be water proof etc. I slip this under the neoprene cheek cover on my stock. If I can't get to Shooter quick enough I pull the chart. I use 5mph wind for drift vales out to 1000 in 50 yard increments from 200 yards. If the wind is 10 I double the number, etc.

Example: at 650 yards at 5 mph drift is 1.7 MOA/9.8 inches at 3 and 9 Oclock positions. So for a 10 mph wind it would be 3.4 MOA/19.6 inches. To use the 45 degree angle you can now take the number .7 x X = Y and you hold or shoot for Y. Y should be @ 5 mph 1.2 MOA / 6.8 inches if I did it right.

Ballistics Calculator - Hornady Manufacturing, Inc
#7
02-28-2013, 08:59 PM
 Silver Member Join Date: Dec 2012 Location: Charleston, WV Posts: 157
Re: Caculating Wind Drift

Interesting point Brent.

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