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Old 10-07-2013, 09:45 AM
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Re: Shooting in mirage

If you're trying to do precision zero work in bad mirage, IMO it's out of the question. If you already have a good zero and know your trajectory then it's probably good practice to see what affect the mirage is giving you.

I do know the feeling of "wasting" shots in mirage. Definitely frustrating.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:57 AM
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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.

Steve
I would be lying if I said I had not felt the same way at times. What I need to do is be more selective in choosing the day I zero and confirm drops. Once I am past the finalized drops and make my program match I have the confidence to engage game. Then a few good clean kills and I am a happy shooter. Like I said I have never had an issue with mirage on game either. Maybe a sunny day shooting long range prairie dogs, but never large game.

To finish the day yesterday I got the wind mostly behind me and sent a few to 2971 yards on a huge rock face with a aim point of about 1 moa. I was surprised that for this shot there was little to no mirage. So, maybe we need to look for targets and aim points higher off the ground away from the surface moisture that is boiling out of the soil ??

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Old 10-07-2013, 10:53 AM
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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.

Steve
That would be a lot cheaper
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I would be lying if I said I had not felt the same way at times. What I need to do is be more selective in choosing the day I zero and confirm drops. Once I am past the finalized drops and make my program match I have the confidence to engage game. Then a few good clean kills and I am a happy shooter. Like I said I have never had an issue with mirage on game either. Maybe a sunny day shooting long range prairie dogs, but never large game.

To finish the day yesterday I got the wind mostly behind me and sent a few to 2971 yards on a huge rock face with a aim point of about 1 moa. I was surprised that for this shot there was little to no mirage. So, maybe we need to look for targets and aim points higher off the ground away from the surface moisture that is boiling out of the soil ??

Jeff
Yes. We shoot in a hay meadow. Flat with grass. Finding places to shoot long in NW MT that you can drive to the target is difficult.

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Old 10-07-2013, 11:36 AM
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Re: Shooting in mirage

I have one and think it works. Many top bench rest competitors use them.

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Old 10-07-2013, 11:51 AM
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Re: Shooting in mirage

here is a thread I have saved from another forum I read . it is long but has some good info .

the range I use is a 500 meter silhouette range . it is only being taken care of to the 100 meter line . from 100M on out to 500M is goldenrod and small trees almost up to my shoulders . there is a small stream that weaves it's way through the range . to say there is a lot of moisture here is an understatement . the shooting conditions get horrible as soon as the sun comes out . Jim





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Old 10-07-2013, 04:34 PM
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Re: Shooting in mirage

For what it's worth MontanaMarine and I went out to shoot again today. My last shots yesterday with mirage were 10" or about 1 moa low at 1050 yards. I knew this was bad data and decided to reshoot it. The aim point was constantly moving and a center hold was next to impossible. Today, same load same rifle I was on at 1118 yards. So I think if shooting in mirage you may want to hold on the targets highest elevation as it rises and falls. Like I said before it seems the mirage makes me shoot low.

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