Sunday, November 14, 2010
9:55 a.m. Western Wyoming Time!
I'm 51 and, while I'm very comfortable using a desktop computer, the whole iPod, iPhone, iTouch, Smart Phone, Droid, revolution has left me in the dust curled up in the fetal position! Those devices are amazing in the hands of my friends and more power to them. I got hooked into this thread a few posts back and decided I absolutely had to have something handheld that would go out into the field with me. I bought one on eBay and immediately wondered why I bothered. I haven't even picked it up at the post office, but as soon as I do, I'm going to put it up for sale here and never look back.
What I plan to do is to get a good program that I can run on my desktop, or you can run on your laptop. I think it will be very enlightening to use the program to chart changes in Point of Impact when I plug different variables in... like elevation, wind, barometric pressure, angles of uphill and angles of downhill. I think seen those change of Point of Impact on my computer will help me immensely to develop a sense (classroom sense as opposed to range sense) of how things affect my bullet flight.
When all is said and done I think I will be able to bring my range data home, plug it into my desktop, and come up with a reasonable chart that I can tape on to my gun stock and to use out in the field. I carry a wind meter
and hunt with friends who have rangefinders. I do not need to have an handheld computer with me when I'm hunting.
On the other hand I think collecting data at the range, and understanding how different variables affect my bullet flight is mandatory. By the time we grasp those tangible variables, it will put us in much better shape when we're dealing with both updrafts and downdrafts going on at the same time between us and our target.
Way more than 100 words. I've been shooting and hunting for over 40 years and this discipline, and the depth and breadth of material to understand to accurately shoot beyond 500 yards fascinates and impresses me. I've got some different things going on that makes LongRangeHunting a natural choice for me. The areas of Wyoming I hunt are very conducive to this discipline as well.
Good luck to you and me both with all the stuff out there. It's sure cool and valuable but I think as long as we keep the mission in sight; intimately understanding how our guns shoot, and what and how different variables affect bullet flight, we can add a new dimension to our hunting time on the field and have some responsible fun along the way.