Rains affect

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  1. deserthntr

    deserthntr Active Member

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    well as i was busting tires at work, and it was raining, and i got to thinking how much rain affects a bullet at 500+. obviously if its raining to hard their is no way you could see much farther than that. or maybe how much a heavy rain will affect the bullet at 200+, throw out any situation to help get an idea. thanks!
     
  2. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    One thing I like about shooting in rain is that you can see the path of your bullet all the way to the target.

    I've done enough shooting in the rain to know that it has an effect of slowing the bullet considerably but I haven't gone out and purposely shot in the rain on paper targets to try and measure just how much.

    The smaller the bullet and the heavier the rain, of course the bigger the effect is going to be.
     
  3. LRSickle

    LRSickle Well-Known Member

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    I've shot antelope in the rain and snow in Wyoming. I saw no difference in trajectory shooting in rain or clear weather. One thing good about falling rain or snow is you can see the wind direction between you and your target. A paralax adjustment on your scope helps.
     
  4. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

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    Shawn Carlock claims that rain, in itself, has no affect on bullet trajectory. I haven't researched it.
     
  5. Rimfire

    Rimfire Well-Known Member

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    Just shoot for the distance you will be able to see it wont matter. At times I could only see 300 yards as things let up enough to see 700 same dope was used.
     
  6. SHRTSHTR

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    x2 :d
     
  7. deserthntr

    deserthntr Active Member

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    Ok. I didn't know if the bullet trying to pierce through the rain would slow the bullet down or essentially push the bullet down so your trajectory would drop and you have to dial more moa
     
  8. WildRose

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    Well each collision provides resistance, which would slow the bullet.

    With larger calibers I don't think you'd see a noticible difference but with small calibers like the .204 and 220 swift it's quite noticible.
     
  9. royinidaho

    royinidaho Well-Known Member

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    I don't think the rain/snow ever touches the bullet, really.

    Otherwise you would hear the sizzle.:)
     
  10. deserthntr

    deserthntr Active Member

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    I was wondering if it actually touched. Because there is the ...... force field? Around. The bullet. Idk how to say it. But the heat coming off around the bullet
     
  11. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    Not till it slows to sub sonic speeds.
     
  12. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    My experience has shown that rain has no effect on bullet trajectory. This is based on shooting at 800 yards in an f-class match. The beginning of the relay started in the clear. As the relay progressed, the rain just kept coming. By the last five rounds it was an absolute torrent. From beginning of the string, to the end, I never changed my elevation (and I was shooting a 308!)

    As a matter of fact, I shot my best 800 yard group that day in the rain. The other bonus of rain is that it is the perfect wind flag as you are able to 'see' the wind from your firing point all the way to the target.
     
  13. bigry26

    bigry26 Well-Known Member

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    I was shooting a 17 hmr last winter and the bullet hit a raindrop and exploded. The paper looked like shrapnel hit it.
     
  14. load

    load Well-Known Member

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    the bullet does not "pierce" rain drops the pressure in front of the bullet simply moves the drop to the side. relative humidity and down drafts are what effects the ballisticsgun)