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Unread 11-19-2013, 09:11 PM
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advice on shooting in the wind for practice

Not sure where to ask...I have been getting into F class shooting.

The range is only 250 yards..Rifle cal. is 6 mmbr....My question is
should I practice at the 250 yard targets or perhaps at the 100 yard
line..I know I also need to work on my control and hold more..
And would a ribbon on a stick work for a wind flag ?
Thanks for any advice...John
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    Re: advice on shooting in the wind for practice

    I do a lot of 200/300 yard egg shoots in the off season and it doesn't take much wind to blow the bullet off the egg at these ranges. On windy days, knowledge and practice pays off. I'd practice at 250 yards on your range since the wind drift will be more pronounced. At 100 yards a 10 MPH full value wind drift will only be about a half inch and could be confused with basic accuracy of the shot. A piece of orange tape at 50, 100, and 250 yards will give you an idea of what the wind is doing. A wind meter can be used to correlate the actual wind speed against the behavior of the tape, and the drift determined from your ballistic data. It's important to observe other wind indicators like trees, brush, the feel of the wind on your face/neck etc. No matter how good your wind reading skills are, the best bet is to shoot during a lull in the wind if possible. With practice, your ability will improve. It's also good to vary your shooting location, or pick practice days with a wind change. Lots of ranges have a prevailing condition that limits the number of variations of wind direction and speed. IMO.
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    Re: advice on shooting in the wind for practice

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    I do a lot of 200/300 yard egg shoots in the off season and it doesn't take much wind to blow the bullet off the egg at these ranges. On windy days, knowledge and practice pays off. I'd practice at 250 yards on your range since the wind drift will be more pronounced. At 100 yards a 10 MPH full value wind drift will only be about a half inch and could be confused with basic accuracy of the shot. A piece of orange tape at 50, 100, and 250 yards will give you an idea of what the wind is doing. A wind meter can be used to correlate the actual wind speed against the behavior of the tape, and the drift determined from your ballistic data. It's important to observe other wind indicators like trees, brush, the feel of the wind on your face/neck etc. No matter how good your wind reading skills are, the best bet is to shoot during a lull in the wind if possible. With practice, your ability will improve. It's also good to vary your shooting location, or pick practice days with a wind change. Lots of ranges have a prevailing condition that limits the number of variations of wind direction and speed. IMO.
    thanks for the advice and ideas..I may give it a try later today ifin it warms up some...18 is too cold for me to be shooting...John
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