Originally Posted by Boss Hoss
The bottom line is when competing at 1K if you do not know how to judge condition you do not win----fact plain and simple. Shooting at an anmial if you do not know how to judge condition at long range is nor responsible. People who struggle with the wind make it easier for me to beat them. Personally I hate shooting a match in calm or close to calm conditions.
So you were talking match competition. That was the furthest thing from my mind. When I'm hunting, the environmental elements are my competition, and the wind has never been my friend - ballistically speaking.
The wind always wins if it gets knarly enough. I shot one brown bear in 70 mph cross-winds on Kodiak Island, with gusts exceeding 90 mph based on the wind meter mounted on a commercial fishing boat anchored back in a saltwater bay. The first shot missed, not because of bullet drift, but because of rifle drift. I was laying down, rifle rested on pack, and the wind gusts buffeted the rifle to the point that bullet drift was the least of my concerns. This wasn't long range - to avoid any ethics complaints. About 125 yds. It was tough enough to keep the rifle from being blown off the pack, let along draw a steady zero on the bear. Unfriendly conditions.
The bear was oblivious to the wind. He had a hard time reacting to the first missed shot because the background wind noises made it difficult to determine if there was any unusual noise, let alone the source of it.