Originally Posted by BountyHunter
All the discussion on wind in ladder tests goes back to one of my main points on developing serious long range accuracy loads and the ladder tests.
DO NOT DO IT IN THE WIND!
Do all serious testing for long range in "no wind" conditions. They can normally be found early mornings and late evenings, but not always.
Are you there to test accurate loads or are you there to test your wind reading ability?
Another point, highly accurate rifles at 100 yards will shoot one hole most of the time if a decent load. Very hard to tell what shot did what inside one hole.
That is another reason to go to 200-400 yards in no wind conditions.
True . A properly conducted ladder test will give the operator a ton of data to consider and will quickly point to the potential of the bullet / powder combo being tested .
However , the most important aspects of the test can be discovered / examined regardless of the wind . Velocity and vertical to put it succintly .
I know a fellow that routinely conducts his ladder tests in the windy environs of central Oklahoma . Yet he just as routinely benefits from the results . Perhaps he will have the time to chime in here . If so we will all benefit .
When conducting a ladder test with a person new to the method it is invariable that each shot of the test produces exclamations on their part such as " what the heck is that shot doing way over there " . To truly benefit from the results of the test you must wait till all data is in hand and then reach informed decisionsd by a careful interpretation of said data .
Targets , velocities and load info will work together to tell you what to do next .As in all things , experience will provide more and greater insight interpreting the info .
As Bountyhunter pointed out the distance the test is conducted at will help improve the understanding of what is happening . Even so if you only have 200 yds to work with the method will still work . It may take a little longer( more experience ) to be able to interpret accurately but it will happen .