reading mirage...and doping wind

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    reading mirage...and doping wind

    wondering if you guys may be able to help me get a better grip on estimating wind, and more specifically...reading mirage.

    any help would be greatly appreciated.

    recomended reading or links?

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    Its best to try and read it at several points going down range to try and get a feel for the changes in the wind due to terrain. If that is not feasible, read it at about 2/3 and call it good. You do this by focusing the spotting scope on an object 2/3's of the way to the target (or at various points along the bullets path)

    The mirage will roll or wave in the direction that it will affect the bullets path. So if they are rolling right to left it will blow the bullet right to left. The faster the rolling effect, the more it'll blow your bullet off path. Beyond that, its very difficult to explain how much or how fast equals how much change, etc. That comes from experience.

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    just practice observing things with your spotting scope. Compare how leaves are blowing in comparsion to the movment of the mirage. Look at flat surfaces like roofs or phone poles . The hotter is it and the further the target the easier it is to see. .

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    Mele's log book had a good wind chart of what wind will effect at different wind speeds that will also give you a killer log book for round count, cold bore. everything you will need

    Range time on windy days will be the best way of learning to read the wind.

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    Never rely on mirage to dope the wind. I've used it in moderation, and it works, but it's not my first choice for guessing wind.

    Mirage is caused by heat, or intense sunlight, or by legit terms, when light passes from colder to warmer air. So if it's cloudy out and -20F and all you can do is read mirage, you're screwed. Use your sense of feel to dope the wind. Toss up some grass, weeds, or dust.

    How do you get good at doping the wind?

    Get out in the field and shoot.


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    Read the Wind Book for Rifle Shooters.

    http://www3.sympatico.ca/milcun/pubs.htm

    Also available from Paladin Press for $28.
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    i use this as a good rerfrence manual.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/3039513/Us-Na ... trine-Guid
    THE ANSWER IS HERE

    You are not Prepared.

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    wow....you brought back a few memories. an xm-21 rifle, art scope...reading mirage. (seeing the wind) lol...its a lost art. Most dont know about the old timers ways. a VERY RELIABLE WAY is to use a wind gage from a cheap weather kit....you can find acurate ones even in kids weatherstation kits. use it at different ranges (This requires an unloaded rifle and a walker) do wind readings and compare these to the scope mirage. then bake that info into your brainpan! once you learn the crosswind signatures, (which sometimes change according to the heat index) you can adjust according to the round and weapon being used. and practice, practice, practice.
    The standard range at Ft.Campbell Ky for the division team is 1200 meters. At that range, wind is EVERYTHING and a 10 ring as opposed to an x ring was an inexcusable act of either shooter or weapon....and tearing down a National Match Glass bed M-21 wasnt an option, so they usually tear the shooter down first. Great question, hope I helped.
    If its a fair fight, you didnt prepare well enough.

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    P.S. Most of the time, the first shot you take, is the ONLY SHOT YOU CAN TAKE. (IN COMBAT) so learn the wind. adjust, then shoot. It could save your life someday.
    If its a fair fight, you didnt prepare well enough.

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