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Do You Find Variable 3-5mph Wind Difficult?

 
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:16 PM
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Do You Find Variable 3-5mph Wind Difficult?

I sure do...

I shoot in mountainous terrain over a valley at 550-1000 yards at my regular spot. I have found that some of the more challenging days for shooting are when the winds are actually calmer. Winds in the 3-5mph range often tend to be variable at this location and full value, vacillating between 90 and 270 degrees. I believe it is a combination of wind and updrafts that plague this spot. This gets to be very challenging beyond 600 yards. The wind is not strong but will cause you to miss a 15in wide target if you are not very carefully paying attention to the mirage (the only reliable indicator I have found as you are shooting over a valley).

Shot this last weekend and there were a number of times that the winds were going different directions at the same time at different distances.

When we pulled up my buddy thought we were going to "tear it up" as the last time we shot the winds were gusting to 30mph. I told him that it is going to be harder than he thinks because I could feel the wind shifting direction 180 degrees while we were setting up targets. He then proceeded to miss the first four shots at 680 yards. These misses were only a few inches off target but misses all the same. I had a little better luck, but it wasn't my first time shooting in these seemingly "easy" conditions. Give me a 10-15mph wind any day!

Anyone else had a similar experience?
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:09 PM
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Re: Do You Find Variable 3-5mph Wind Difficult?

I shoot a place just like what your explaining. On the hill where we set it is usually about a 3-5 from 90* L>R or R>L. Then there may be a slight up draft at the same time. On the other side the wind can be going the same direction, straight up the field, or opposite direction with in minutes of each shot. It's so hard. Even when I was on the far side trying to do some 300yd shooting, the wind started left to right, within 20 minutes had gone to my 6, then shifted right to left within 10-20 minutes. It is ridiculous!!! I know when we hunted some flat fields to 800-850yds it was a whole lot easier to adjust for wind change.
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:29 PM
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Re: Do You Find Variable 3-5mph Wind Difficult?

The wind is hands down the biggest challenge in this sport. I shoot in some areas that I would swear I could judge the wind and it embarasses me over and over.

One of the things I use often to judge wind (like many other shooters) is mirrage. A few months ago I was in northern Arizona (where I shot my 3rd best personal 1000 3 shot group) the mirage was telling me to hold 0.9 MILS left and I could see the dust behind the target right through the crosshairs. I held right on the bull's eye (even though the mirrage was strongly to the right) and fired 3 quick shots. Sure enough, the group was spot on target. Later, a zero check was performed and was spot on. Obviously, somewhere along the bullet's path there was wind from another direction. Maybe the wind near the ground was one way and 20' off the ground it was another.

Yes. It can be difficult!!
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Re: Do You Find Variable 3-5mph Wind Difficult?

I have a terrible time reading mirage. I can see it, but it's hard for me to decipher which direction it is going.
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:40 PM
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Re: Do You Find Variable 3-5mph Wind Difficult?

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I have a terrible time reading mirage. I can see it, but it's hard for me to decipher which direction it is going.
Most of the time, I do pretty well with it. Sometimes not so much. It is just one of the many clues that often present themselves. If it is all I have to guage wind, it is a worthwhile clue much of the time. Otherwise I hope I can recover from the recoil fast enough to spot my shots!
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Re: Do You Find Variable 3-5mph Wind Difficult?

This describes the situation where I often shoot and is very difficult to read. Shooting accross a canyon which is roughly 1500 vertical feet deep causes a whole host of problems. Not only variable winds but up and down drafts to boot. Sometimes you think things are fairly calm, but when the low clouds roll through, it really shows up!. Quite often you can have opposite air movement on either side of the canyon........Rich
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Re: Do You Find Variable 3-5mph Wind Difficult?

Times like that a body can learn a lot especially with a spotter and both of you watching closely. Takes a team effort to break shots when it counts.

The ones I find challenging are when it's shifting from one o clock to elleven o clock with nothing underneath to clue you in.
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