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Old 07-19-2020, 05:06 PM
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I shot the Big Sky State Games Silhouette here in Billings yesterday with a 20-30 mph swirling wind that constantly changed from a right to left, then reversed. Range flags all showed a different reading.....

In my serious Prone and 3-4 Position outdoors matches, I always paid the most attention to the range flag nearest me, the swirling and constant changing had me baffled.

Any suggestions fellow silhouette shooters?

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Old 07-19-2020, 05:46 PM
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Pay absolutely no attention to wind on chickens.

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Old 07-19-2020, 07:47 PM
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wind

It wasn't the chickens that were the problem.....turkeys and rams...each had their own wind direction..

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About all you can do is pay close attention to the midrange flag and hold off from that reading.
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Old 07-19-2020, 10:00 PM
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The Lander, WY range has a similar problem, four flags going in four different directions with wind coming down a draw.

I estimated a hold for the first shot, called my shot and adjusted from that (keeping an eye out for flag changes while reloading between shots. Seemed to work most of the time.
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Old 07-22-2020, 10:33 AM
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I agree that the closest flag is probably the most important re wind drift. If the wind also shifts between headwind and tailwind there might also be some elevation change at the longer distances.

This is a good reason for using a timer. Sometimes the best thing you can do is set the rifle down and wait for something to change - if you have time.
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Old 07-22-2020, 05:20 PM
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swirling wind?

Last Saturday's NRA Lever Action smallbore & pistol cartridge, Hunter Pistol silhouette match here in Kansas only had winds gusting 20-25 mph. (No flags allowed). Most targets were shot when they ran by!
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Old 07-22-2020, 06:47 PM
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I been in a couple of matches like that

Best advice I can give ya is close your eyes and yank the trigger.

Pray a lot too!

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Old 07-29-2020, 05:58 PM
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First flag unless the others are consistent going the opposite direction or dead. It's easy to get caught up chasing the wind if you go off of calls---not saying to ignore calls---just saying it's hard to time shots in a swirling wind when using calls.
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At my range (25 yards to 197 yards) and spotting for all competitors the 100 yard flag is the predominant flag. Base initial hold on it then adjust slightly for what the 130 and 170 yard flags are doing but it's a very minor adjustment compared to what the 100 yard hold is.

This is at my range, I tried it at Rayners last match and it didn't work. Each range may differ slightly but when a flag is straight out it's hard to tell how much wind there is without trees or something else to go by. Goes to show shooters on their home range definitely have an edge until you get familiar with its peculiarities.

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