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Training/Classes/Clinics / Re: Wind Reading Notes
« Last post by rardoin on December 11, 2017, 08:49:28 PM »
Great post Dwayne.  I second the Thompkin's book and found the Miller and Cunningham book especially instructive.
Training/Classes/Clinics / Re: Wind Reading Notes
« Last post by RStewart on December 10, 2017, 07:00:52 PM »
Thanks, Dwayne.
Good info.
Training/Classes/Clinics / Wind Reading Notes
« Last post by DH Vidrine on December 10, 2017, 06:18:50 PM »
Wind Reading Notes

I shoot high power rifle with iron sights and a sling so my approach to wind reading will be a little different than for an F-Class shooter.
Develop your prone position, sight alignment, and trigger control so you can keep most of your shots in the ten-ring during no-wind conditions.  Practice on a 100yd. reduced slow-fire prone target.  This is essential. Wind reading is futile without consistent sight alignment, trigger control, and natural point of aim.  Go no further until these skills are learned and honed.  Shoot with people that do this well and learn from them.

Maintain a true no-wind zero setting on your sight.  Always keep track of the windage change on your sight.  One simple way is to remember what change is on your sight.  It helps to verbally say it to yourself each time you shoulder your rifle, right two and one half, right two and one half.  If you forget what is on your sight you are lost.  Count down the sight adjustment back to your no-wind zero and start over.  Another way is to record your sight changes in your data book.  The recording scheme that has worked well for me is to use a direction letter, R or L and two digits with a decimal point in between.  The first digit is whole minuet of angle.  The second digit is number of quarter minuets of angle.  Example: left two and minuets = L2.3, Right minuet = R0.2, and right one and minuet = R1.1.  Either method will work.  The best prone shooters save time by recording their sight changes to memory.

Wind has both value and direction.  Wind away (12:00) or in your face (6:00) has no value.  Wind crossing at 3:00 or 9:00 has full value.  All other directions are less than full value.  Get a service rifle wind chart.  As you get more proficient at wind reading you will be able to adapt the service rifle wind chart or make your own wind chart.  I purchased every wind chart on the market and could not make any of them work so I made my own chart.  Think of the wind in terms of minute of angle not in sight adjustment clicks.  The target score rings are in multiples of minuet of angle.  Sight adjustment clicks are in fractions of minute of angle.  My wind chart was developed in minuet sight clicks.  I have not taken the time to convert to minuets of angle.  I will leave that to you.  I now use this chart only for the wind call of my first shot at an unfamiliar range.  Which flag should you watch most?  It depends on the firing range and local conditions.  At Palo Alto R&PC at Donaldsonville, LA I watch the flags that are 270 yd. from the targets.  At that location the bullet is at its highest elevation of its path and almost as high as the flags.  That flag seems to give me the best indication of wind value.
Develop a wind reading strategy. Start observing conditions as soon as you reach the 600yd. firing line to score the shooter ahead of you.  Focus your spotting scope on the grass at the 300yd. line.  Watch the wind conditions while scoring.  Watch both mirage and flags or trees.  If clouds pass over or the wind increases to over 8 mph the mirage will be gone.  You will be lost if you have not been watching the range flags and trees.  Wind conditions repeat in cycles.  Wind speed will rise slowly and drop suddenly.  If a good shooter is next to you, watch the spotter on his target for missed wind changes.  Listen, if you hear somebody on the firing line fuss & cuss dont shoot.  The wind just changed.  Check the conditions again. 

The stronger the wind speed, the more constant it will be in both direction and value.  A slight breeze that barely raises flags can be tricky.  There will be sudden drops of wind speed.  One tactic to counter this is to shoot on the safe side of the ten-ring.  If the wind is from the right set your sight so you are in the ten-ring at 9:00.  You will give up some Xs but if the wind drops you will you be in the ten-ring at 3:00 instead of 3:00 of the nine or eight-ring.  The firing line at Bayou Rifles in Manville, TX faces north.  In the summer months the wind is from behind the shooter.  In the winter months the wind is in the shooters face.  Sometimes the wind flags switch left and right every twenty to forty seconds.  In this condition it is best to pick one prevailing direction over the other and only shoot with the wind from that direction.

Develop a shooting procedure.  Identify the prevailing condition.  Study the conditions, judge speed and value, put wind correction on your sight.  Shoot only in the prevailing condition.  Keep a small electronic timer beside you to know how long you can wait for your favored condition to return.  Do not shoot when the mirage is boiling (no wind) because the wind can switch quickly in either direction while you are off the spotting scope and setting up the next shot.  After firing each shot immediately go to the spotting scope to see your target go down and see if the mirage changed since before you shot.  Call your shot.  Place a new cartridge on the magazine follower and write notes while the target is down.  Go back to the spotting scope.  When your marked target is raised check the shot location.  If the shot is not on call determine the reason.  Record your note and make sight change as needed.  If the shot value is an X or hard ten and the wind conditions are unchanged do not waste time by writing in your data book or place fired brass on our ammunition box.  Close the bolt and quickly shoulder your re-loaded rifle and shoot another X.  You can catch up with your data book later in the string of fire.  Return your sight to its no-wind zero when the string of fire is complete.  Every string of fire should start with a new wind call from your no-wind zero.

Warning, there will be days when the mirage and flags make no sense and the wind appears to be unreadable.  It happens to the best of us.  Try not to get frustrated and do not chase the spotter.  Take a brief rest.  Watch the target of a good shooter.  Crank your sight back to its no-wind zero and start your wind reading process all over.  If you hold hard and hang tough you will get it.

Good books on wind reading:
Service Rifle Marksmanship Guide Civilian Marksmanship Program
Prone and Long-Range Rifle Shooting Nancy Thompkins
The Wind Book for Rifle Shooters Linda Miller & Keith Cunningham
Reading the Wind and Coaching Techniques Jim Owens

I like shooting Xs best even though they taste like cardboard.
I hope this helps, good luck, Dwayne Vidrine.

Field Precision Rifle / Re: December 2017 FPR match
« Last post by mickey on December 09, 2017, 02:35:08 AM »
Field Precision Rifle / Re: December 2017 FPR match
« Last post by mickey on December 09, 2017, 02:06:21 AM »
All I want for Christmas is a new Krieger barrel. a Brux  ;D
Field Precision Rifle / Re: December 2017 FPR match
« Last post by DH Vidrine on December 09, 2017, 01:39:53 AM »
All I want for Christmas is a new Krieger barrel.
Field Precision Rifle / Re: December 2017 FPR match
« Last post by Snuggie on December 09, 2017, 01:01:53 AM »
Merry Christmas everyone!    Lots of fun shared with great folks!  Many thanks to Mickey for all the hard work in making 2017 a great year of shooting!  Looking forward to 2018! See ya then! 8)
Field Precision Rifle / Re: December 2017 FPR match
« Last post by rardoin on December 09, 2017, 12:43:37 AM »
Merry Christmas to all....see y'all in January :)

Across The Course / South Louisiana Highpower Rifle Club - 2018
« Last post by DH Vidrine on December 09, 2017, 12:22:06 AM »
South Louisiana Highpower Rifle Club - 2018
Gonzales, LA
Just a few words about our 2017 matches.  We lost one match to the weather and were able to shoot ten matches.  252 shooters shot in those matches and 34 of those were Juniors.  That means there were 25.2 shooters at each match.  We will have a special award for those .2 shooters when they show-up next year. 
If you look at your membership card, you will notice that it expires on Dec. 31 and our next match is Jan. 28, 2018.  If you are planning on purchasing from the CMP between January first and twenty-eight, you can renew your 2018 membership by mailing a check for $15 to SLHP; PO Box 41639; Baton Rouge, LA 70835 and I will mail you your 2018 card.  If you need some trigger time before then, there is an across the course match shot with vintage WW11 rifles at the range in Donaldsonville on Dec. 16.  If I dont see you before then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
George Serrett
Field Precision Rifle / Re: December 2017 FPR match
« Last post by mickey on December 09, 2017, 12:05:41 AM »
Yeah, hate that we could not shoot tomorrow. Glen and I decided to pull the plug mid day after a lot of discussion. The sunshine bridge has been closed since 7:40 ish this morning and has remained closed all day. Just checked on status and still closed. Although it was a tough decision to cancel the match, it was the right call to make.

Glen will take over as Match Director in January 2018. Thank you Glen for letting me pass the torch along to you. I know you and Boudreaux will do a fantastic job keeping this match rolling. Ill be glad to help yall call the line when Im able to attend.

As note to all competitors, please do all you can to help support the match you shoot. Show up a little early to help put flags up, reface targets, and ready the pits. The sooner the match gets started, the sooner everyone gets to go home. Its not always fair for relay 3 to get stuck facing all the targets, setting up the pits, taking down the pits, and putting all the targets up.

Happy Holidays To All,

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