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[quote=623254]...long range guys carry wind meters?[/quote] No, that's for some benchrest shooters and for close targets. Besides, the wind at the shooting position has hardly any influence on the impact point 300 yds to 600 yds downrange. Mid-Range and Terminal wind has the most influence ... and the hardest to judge. A good reason to have a high-power scope to see the mirage at various distances, and practice reading movement of grass, leaves, trees, dust, etc. A typical Western Elk hunt may be a cross canyon situation. While the wind at your position on a shaded downslope may be moving down and across, on the other side of the canyon where the sun shines, the wind may be moving upslope and across in the opposite direction, totally opposite of your position. Or, standing on a sunny, warm Mesa rim in the early morning shooting down into a shady, cold basin. Learning to read mirage, grasses and leaves downrange, etc. can be essential for a good shot. Can you ever be precise ... No. But with a little knowledge, the right scope, and some practice, you can easily cut your error by 75% or more. While the calculations are technically complex, after enough practice it is like bowling for a strike, you just get a feel how to curve the bullet's path into the target...ballistic cards and cheatsheets help. FWIW, this is my setup Win M70 .30-06 Sierra GameKing 200 gr SPBT mv 2636 and two ballistic cards that cover wind from 6 mph to 24 mph.
These videos are a good tutorial on wind estimation for practical long range shooting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p026Y0WUy6Q http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAYqr02dpQ4 Next lesson for long range Western hunting is to estimate bullet drop for angled shots, a good rangefinder like a Leupold TBR-series really helps ... however, the wind drift is always calculated on line of sight distance.
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