BS-Using wind flags, a wind speed meter, thermometer or barometer

  • Last Post 17 August 2018
joeb33050 posted this 13 August 2018


Using wind flags, a wind speed meter, thermometer or barometer
I have occasionally used wind flags. I’ve watched shooters using wind speed meters, thermometers or barometers. Some of those guys shot better than I; some not as well. I have no opinion.


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Ken Campbell Iowa posted this 13 August 2018

wind almost never blows evenly or predictably ... it is usually more like the confusion at the bottom of a waterfall ...   the fun of shooting 22 rimfire ( essentially the BC of a BB )  even at 50 yards is watching them fly left and right like little bees to a flower ...

if you don't use wind flags, you might get lucky and the wind averages out and the bullet flies to the crosshairs ...

but hardly ever when you need it to ...  .  good wind shooters usually win . 

i might mention i am pretty sure bullets also bounce off of cold and hot layers of air ... it ain't easy out there  ...


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Wineman posted this 16 August 2018

It is not just the "flags" but how you use them. Watching and knowing what to do (hold or fold?) can make a big difference. I also think that wind can get in your head and you "know" that you will not shoot as well as if it was calm. My goal in the wind is shoot to have fun, and take some of the pressure off of trying harder to dope it.


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Ken Campbell Iowa posted this 16 August 2018

one of the most " fun " things to do when i had my accurate 22 rf. ...... was to aim each shot at the bull and see if the bullet obeyed the predictions from good wind shooters ...  figured  best way to learn wind shooting ...

i used 3 flags plus a bench flag .... at 50 yards !!

statistically the expert rules applied .   maybe even 80 per cent of the time.    but 8 per cent of the shots fly into the wind .  don't shoot when the wind dies down (  :: it really didn't ) .....  shooting rimfire BBs may be the best evidence is that there is a God .... and he is teasing us .

had a good time.



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RicinYakima posted this 16 August 2018

Yep. Shot BR50 when it was popular. You learn to read the wind, AND accept what happens when that doesn't work!

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Scearcy posted this 16 August 2018

Best advice I ever received on shooting in the wind was like Ken said. Don't shoot when the wind dies down! Too many variables.       Steady wind is your friend.

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Larry Gibson posted this 16 August 2018

How often do we really get a "steady wind"?  Not so often on the ranges I shoot on.  Any "steady" any condition is your friend.  Observation of the flags, mirage or other wind indicators just prior to shooting the string will give you an idea of the most consistent condition to shoot in.  It should allow you to observe the onset, load if not already loaded, settle into position and fire before the condition switches.  Sometimes the best condition or the most consistent condition lasts a while sometimes for a short duration.  You just have to be ready for it when it happens.


Concealment is not cover.........

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Ed Harris posted this 17 August 2018

Some of the best 1000 yard shooting I ever witnessed was done by Ole Dad Wincentsen at Quantico in which four Wright R-1820-56S (1,300 hp) supercharged radial engines with variable pitch props were parked on test stands on the range road with two Hale two-stage 750 gpm pumpers blowing simulated "rain" through the props. 

73 de KE4SKY In Home Mix We Trust From the Home of Ed's Red in "Almost Heaven" West Virginia

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