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Old 04-09-2013, 01:54 PM
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How much wind, is to much?

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?
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:32 PM
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Re: How much wind, is to much?

For me anything over 15 is a pain. I have shot in 20 and it was tough conditions for LR. With my current skill level anything over 15 and 1000 yards is not good practice and I won't shoot animals in that.

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Old 04-09-2013, 03:37 PM
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Re: How much wind, is to much?

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For my anything over 15 is a pain. I have shot in 20 and it was tough conditions for LR. With my current skill level anyting over 15 and 1000 yards is not good practice and I won't shoot animals in that.
I second those limits... 15-20 mph @ 1000 yds is all I'll put up with before heading home. It's fun sometimes to try for long range windy-day shots just to get the practice though.

If 40 mph is the best it ever gets all year then you might have to deal with it Otherwise wait for good days...
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:56 PM
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Re: How much wind, is to much?

I agree with the the previous post of 15-20 is managible but the biggest cause for me to not waste money and my barrel is the changing conditions that we typicaly run in to around here. if you are shooting in a steady wind you can shoot in 40 MPH all day if it stays that.
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:09 PM
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Re: How much wind, is to much?

Here I take a field pratice shot at about 1100 meters with my 338LM.
I made this video after a discussion on a Norwegian forum, regarding taking hunting shots in wind at long range.

I was aiming for the white left dot on the rock's right side at the end of this video.
The wind was gusting up in 22-24 mph.

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Old 04-09-2013, 04:26 PM
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Re: How much wind, is to much?

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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.
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:38 PM
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Re: How much wind, is to much?

Yep, skill level. I don't have it.

I guess I should have said in the field vs in the range shooting. I don't range shoot any more, so all of my stuff is in the field. In the field means mountains. The wind is a real mess in the mountains and varies wildly from ridge to finger, to draw, etc. Drives me nuts so I tend to start backing down my LR shots to the margin of error as was just mentioned. Meaning if I error a MPH or two I am still within the kill zone. I passed on a wolf pair at 1400 yards in 16 mph wind coming right to left and in my face. It was inconsistent and changed directions enough during flight that my confidence went way south. The bullet had to travel over a couple of terrain features.
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