Re: Vertical component of wind drift
I think you will find that the longitudinal balance point has little to do with the eventual line of drag as we are thinking of the air creating the drag and really it is the bullet that makes it's own. This is a crazy deal.
Max and S1.
OK. I said that I WOULD test this and attempt to rethink the idea if I could "See" something that would make me beleive I should entertain any other possibilities. Well, I have seen results that incline me to say that you and your cohorts are absolutely correct on the bullet flying to it's destination instead of being sent there.
I stand corrected.
Since the onset of this thread I have known that there is a tremendous difference between airodynamics and hydrodynamics, Air, Liquid and Solid physics. I simply could not see with my limited education on the subjects how the common sense physics do not apply. I tried to see it, but, till I got hit with it, it was foggy. Well, the main thing that Vaughn never points out that I did know ahead of time was that a wiffle ball travels through air and a bullet does not. Air, above the speed of sound is a solid. Or, at least it's dynamics for flight are treated as such. I think that Vaughn's statement of how fast the bullet turns into the wind is incorrect but that He most likely never expected anyone to care enough to actually test the theory while the bullet is still in the supersonic muzzle blast. You can affect the hell out of it shortly therafter.
Now, this afternoon I had the opportunity to test this at 1024 Yards, twice, and video'ed the effects. (actually the cause).
It's a most interesting discovery.
The most disheartening part of all this is that after all this pissing around, I still aimed 36" left and 10" high in order to center and was DEAD down the middle of the target. Now, If I could just fix my 20% issues, My infinite knoledge of this 1% issue might help me to win but I have many other problems to solve first and they cause me a lot bigger problem at this point.
No doubt, at some point very near in the future, my newfound understanding of this may come in handy. For now, wind blows my group all over hell and my gun problems compound this to where it's overwhelming. I cannot beleive that I have a gun that shoots as good as mine does, and have a gun that shoots as bad as it does.
I hope someone else gets something out of all this cause I have finger fatigue.
If you have something that you disassemble and reassemble enough times, sooner or later, you'll have two!