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Unread 12-20-2005, 05:31 PM
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Re: Reading wind

I could see the ripples on the river to see if the wind was blowing down there(this is what I was trying to say - use all information available). Because it was gusting up where I was on the ridge my decision was to try to wait on the shot until I got calmness on both winds. Unfortunately I never got a chance on a deer.
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    Unread 12-20-2005, 06:25 PM
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    Re: Reading wind

    All good advice especially the practice part! Most ballistics programs have section to dope wind study these as well or make a few dope cards to take with you! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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    Probably the best wind visual que I have seen is fog. Not a lot but light spread out patches. I took a customer to the range this morning to test fire his new 6.5-06 I just completed and the conditions were good for testing 100-300 yards. When we zingged out a couple groups in the low 3's and high 2's @ 100 we moved right out to my 10" disk @ 1148 yards. In watching the fog lower in the canyon move we were able to read and make adjustments for a wind that was fine enough to only require .25-.50 moa correction from zero (some required as much as 2.25 moa). The most important thing we could read was the constant switching of direction of the wind. I called as many as a dozen wind changes in a minute, but was able to keep my shooter on the 10" disk a little over 50% of the time. Most misses were no futher than a few inches off the edge of the plate. The fog just made detection of fine change much easier.
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    Unread 12-25-2005, 05:57 PM
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    Re: Reading wind

    What was the procedure there then?

    Did you calculate or use feel?

    Sounds like you were making quick decisions.

    I guess once you have a reference to start from every shot can be worked as a +/- value from that,
    correcting each time.

    Did you manage to connect with the first round?

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    My customer was off in windage about 3 inches and high about the same not bad for a guess on ballistics I had no PDA or even a paper chart, total SWAG. I connected first round with my 338 EDGE and hit 3 of 4 shots. I called all corrections that were more than the edge of the plate in MOA. I have shot and tested enough rifles to look at the fog and say .55 BC @ 3000 fps 1.50 MOA left wind. My point was that light snow, fog, or rain will tell the tale of the wind with instant indications. Reading those elements seems to be much more consistant than reading the bend of the grass or sway of the tree etc.

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