Originally Posted by JST
I live on Oklahoma. The wind is most always blowing. Especially this time of year. Wind at 40mph with gust at 60 is not uncommon. So my question is, at what point do you personnelly consider to be to much wind. Where it stops being good practice, and becomes just slingging lead down range? OR is there such a thing? What say you?
30+MPH winds were not uncommon on some of the days I have hunted. Too much wind is not so much the problem, too much inconsistent wind at the wrong angle is. I use a general rule for establishing maximum shooting ranges in the wind.
If I can reasonably estimate the wind to be within 1 MPH full value crosswind I use my high confidence maximum range.
If I can reasonably estimate the wind to be within 2 MPH full value crosswind I use my medium confidence maximum range.
If I can reasonably estimate the wind to be within 3 MPH full value crosswind I use my low confidence maximum range. Any variations over 3 MPH is too much for me.
If the wind direction is 0 or 180 deg and blowing 10-15MPH I use my medium confidence maximum range regardless of consistency in 0 or 180 direction.
If the wind direction is 0 or 180 deg and blowing 15-30MPH I will use my low confidence maximum range regardless of consistency in 0 or 180 direction.
Over 30MPH plus, no mid or long range shooting for me.
Establishing my confidence maximum range. I input 1 MPH 90 degree wind in my ballistics program. Take the range corresponding to 5” of wind drift and this is my high confidence maximum range. Do the same for 2 MPH and 3 MPH. You will see your ranges significantly decrease with increased crosswind uncertainty. The 5” wind drift equates to uncertainties of both ends and is roughly a 10” error and should leave room for the shot to hit the vitals of a deer. For an elk I use 6” of wind drift to establish confidence max range.
Each person will establish their own criteria but I have found this method to work extremely well and consistent. Yes there is “such a thing” as too much wind and you will have to find your own comfort level. 30MPH+ is it for me.