Re: How do you compensate for mirage?
Thank you, 4xforfun, for sharing your 1000 yd BR experience with me.
For field shooting purposes, your advice to use the mirage to read wind conditions makes a lot of sense.
When it comes to actually compensating for mirage, though, it sounds like kind of a crapshoot. I am thinking that the only way to learn to deal with it is to practice a lot in mirage in order to develop a more refined "best guess" kind of firing solution.
Your comment about mirage causing you to shoot high seems to be pretty consistent with what I experienced on my last range trip. I will keep that in mind next time around. I am curious to see what will happen if I back the power down and hold slightly low (or dial a couple clicks lower).
One question I have is if wind can affect the perceived location of a target in mirage conditions. For instance, without wind, we already know that mirage will cause the target to appear to be located higher than it actually is, causing the shooter to miss high.
If there is a crosswind, say from left to right, would the wind cause the mirage to make the target appear further to the right than it actually is, as well? It occurs to me that such a condition could cause the shooter to think that a bad wind call was made, when the real problem involves compensating for the image shift caused by combined wind and mirage.
As you said, "VOODOO!" Maybe I should just keep a witch doctor on speed dial instead...
"...I called the witch doctor. He told me what to say. He said ooh e ooh ahh ahh ting tang walla walla bing bang..."
Maybe that would help me as much as anything else I might try!
Last edited by benchracer; 11-21-2012 at 11:05 AM.
Reason: not enough walla