Originally Posted by BrentM
my abilitity to read the wind in the mountains has not been great.
I don't think there are very many people that will claim their ability to read wind in the mountains to be great...
I know that mine never was and I shot a lot when I lived in Colorado...
Even here in north Florida with the somewhat flat terrain we have I've found that the wind rarely blows consistently the same over a 600yd stretch even on open clear cuts.
Reading the winds is a science that is much more like an art and the SWAG (Scientific Wild Azz Guess) is my best chance.
I'm gonna be hunting ground hogs in Virginia near the Blue Ridge this summer and shots will vary from 200-800yds. I imagine I'll be embarrassed more often than not due to wind and "other factors" that seem to plague that first shot kill any time I get beyond 425yds which seems to somehow be where they get tough for me. Ground hogs sometimes give you another try but not often and rarely 3 unless you're pretty far out and have a lot of time on your hands.
I'm on a break from handloading all day today and I can almost smell the powder I'll be burning in the morning. I was supposed to shoot today but it's raining... <sigh>