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Reading Wind Tip

Postby ShootnMathews » Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:22 am

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Re: Reading Wind Tip

Postby 0933 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:17 am

Good video!! :thumbup:

One of the sayings in long range shooting is that 'Novices worry about bullet drop, shooters worry about wind.'

Wind reading is one of those blurred lines between the art/science of shooting... It's definitely a quantifiable variable, but when the shot is fired the bullet experiences wind deflections throughout it's path. That path takes it to higher elevations (AMSL) and possibly quite a bit higher (AGL) when shooting through canyons, or from ridge to ridge. Different geographic features, different wind velocities, and directions...

My Master Gunnery Sgt. used to say that he'd take a constant, consistent 30 mph cross wind than a 5 mph wind that switches.

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Re: Reading Wind Tip

Postby ShootnMathews » Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:03 am

0933 wrote:Good video!! :thumbup:

One of the sayings in long range shooting is that 'Novices worry about bullet drop, shooters worry about wind.'

Wind reading is one of those blurred lines between the art/science of shooting... It's definitely a quantifiable variable, but when the shot is fired the bullet experiences wind deflections throughout it's path. That path takes it to higher elevations (AMSL) and possibly quite a bit higher (AGL) when shooting through canyons, or from ridge to ridge. Different geographic features, different wind velocities, and directions...

My Master Gunnery Sgt. used to say that he'd take a constant, consistent 30 mph cross wind than a 5 mph wind that switches.

In this game there really is no substitute for experience.


I agree 100%. Here we shoot from ridge top to ridge top a lot and there is so many changes in the wind from point A to point B. Reading the wind here is so tough. The mountains here just swirl and twist and turn the wind every which way. And the harder it blows the more the disturbance is around the mountains. It's crazy. I have literally sometimes had to adjust to the left on one shot and 5 minutes later have to adjust to the right. Then back again for the next shot. The wind most of the time here is gusty, not steady. So here we have to dope for a speed of wind and then time the firing of the shot for when the wind is at that speed.

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Re: Reading Wind Tip

Postby Shepard » Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:04 pm

Here is something you guys may already have - if so cool -- someone may find this usable.
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Re: Reading Wind Tip

Postby Grimstod » Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:06 pm

Great cheat sheet Jerry. I printed one of these out to put in my gun bag.
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Re: Reading Wind Tip

Postby Grindl » Tue Aug 12, 2014 1:42 pm

A excellant video , and the "cheat-sheet" together pretty much cover the common errors made when starting to shoot at longer ranges , or for guys like me that were taught a lot of this in another life-time , and have forgotten much of it with the passage of time.. :wave:
I watched the video last friday and scanned the "sheet" till I had it firmly implanted before going out last week-end , and I do have to say that I completely agree with 0933 . My first thought was wind and then distance / "drop" , and then alt. adjustment as I was shooting slightly up-hill .
It got my mind thinking in the "right" sequence at the very begining and the results showed.... :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Reading Wind Tip

Postby Marauder 1 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:53 pm

Think I might have to make some of these in a laminated sheet and hang in inside the rifle case. Thanks Shep.

Great Video BTW too. Thanks Jared

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Re: Reading Wind Tip

Postby ShootnMathews » Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:11 am

You're welcome Mark. Glad to help others any way I can. Wind is my biggest nemesis here when shooting long range. Last time out we never did hit the 800 yard gong (12") but we had pits blasted on both sides of it because the wind kept switching and swirling.
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Re: Reading Wind Tip

Postby Marauder 1 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:05 pm

hey Shep:
Do you know if that is a copyrighted sheet? I'm going to print it up and laminate it, once I get the first one done I could make some more if anyone is interested.

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Re: Reading Wind Tip

Postby Shepard » Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:08 pm

Marauder 1 wrote:hey Shep:
Do you know if that is a copyrighted sheet? I'm going to print it up and laminate it, once I get the first one done I could make some more if anyone is interested.

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I don't know Mark. I found it on the net some place. If your not selling it -- I don't think it matters. I made about 50 of them and give them to my shooting friends. I shrunk it down to 2.5x3.5 inches so it fits in my log book.
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