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How much does humidity really affect ballistics?

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Unread 06-20-2007, 09:53 PM
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How much does humidity really affect ballistics?

I have a Kestrel 2500. Really enjoy it. Am wondering if going to a Kestrel 3000 w/ humidity function will really make a difference in 600 yd to 1500 yd shots?

I hunt in the west from 4500' to 11000' with a 30 cal, .507 bc, doing 3000-3050 fps.
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    Re: How much does humidity really affect ballistics?

    Just about zilch. Benchrest shooters who load at the range watch it because it can change the thrown weight of volume type powder throwers and push you out of "tune" but it hardly makes any difference on exterior ballistics.
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    Re: How much does humidity really affect ballistics?

    What if?

    I would suppose zilch means I don't need to worry about %Hum when shooting a big game @ LR.

    What about chuck's and the small stuff?
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    Re: How much does humidity really affect ballistics?

    Not an expert by any means, but I think that drop will increase by less than 2 inches. Assuming sight in @ 70% and actual conditions are 10% humidity @ 1000 yards. Seems like the least of your worries.....unless that last 2 inches make or break the shot location.

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    Re: How much does humidity really affect ballistics?

    It is tough to put a value on humidity only. If you go into a program and only change the humidity it will make almost no difference, however it is a lesser but key component of barometric pressure and BP will have a fair amount of affect on flight. Like with all conditions it depends on distance as to how important any of it is.
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    Re: How much does humidity really affect ballistics?

    Well, if obvious none of you have any stock shares in Kestrel! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

    Guess I'll keep my 2500.
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    Re: How much does humidity really affect ballistics?

    It's one of those things that is similar to some steps we go through in the case prep and reloading process. When I turn my Kestrel and Palm on it only takes me a few seconds to enter the humidity so I do it. I agree that for all practical purposes it's a non-issue but my feeble little brain likes to control everything I can, and a few seconds spent keeps my subconscious happy, and that keeps my anal side happy. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    If your meter doesn't have it, don't sweat it. At most ranges and under most conditions you can forget it. If you like controlling everything you can to eliminate all variables for that looooong range shot........then use it. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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