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Unread 10-07-2013, 08:02 AM
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Shooting in mirage

I know this has been discussed here before but I can not find it using the search.

Yesterday we went out and did some load development and shooting. It was not a good day for any of us. Calm, bright sun, and mirage. Four different shooters and seven rifles. None performed nearly as well as expected. In looking back I am now wondering if we were having trouble with the mirage.

So if any of you would care to give your knowledge of how to shoot in mirage and what one can expect it to do to your shooting, that would be great.

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    Re: Shooting in mirage

    Steve, I had a similar experience yesterday as well. I was confirming zero and drops. In the end I plan to reshoot the data. I think that mirage tends to make me shoot low. Like it elevates the target image. My problem always seems to show up when I am trying to split a fine aim point. groups may be somewhat acceptable but not where I think they should be elevation wise.

    As far as combatting mirage. I guess the only things one could do would be to turn down the magnification. But that is hard if you are looking for solid pin point data. Or wait for a cloud or overcast day.

    Funny that I have never had mirage be a problem while hunting. It is always when engaging a target. We just got some good rain last week so there is moisture in the ground. Then when it warms up like this the afternoons with rising surface temps seem to be the perfect scenario for mirage.

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    Re: Shooting in mirage

    Did you turn your scope down to low power?
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    Re: Shooting in mirage

    Needless to say yesterday was very frustrating. I think we wasted hundreds in bullets and powder.

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    Re: Shooting in mirage

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    Did you turn your scope down to low power?
    Can't see a 1" dot at 300.

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    Re: Shooting in mirage

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    Did you turn your scope down to low power?
    No, I tried but would have to go too low to dissect the aim point so I tried to break the trigger when all aligned.

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    Needless to say yesterday was very frustrating. I think we wasted hundreds in bullets and powder.

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    I agree, I plan to reshoot to confirm all I did yesterday.

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    Re: Shooting in mirage

    In a way I am glad to hear that I was not the only one. I really felt like I should give up all this precision stuff. I can't shoot, can't load, don't know what I am doing. Told my buddy that I was going to go to the store and get a Vangaurd 30-06 and two boxes of factory ammo and go hunting.

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