How useful would a handheld windmeter be for me?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Vincine, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    Do any of you use them . . effectively? I was looking at the Kestrel 2500; Windspeed, temperature & altitude.

    How useful would a handheld windmeter be for me? I’m shooting .22lr for now, mostly limited to 100 yards, possibly up to 200 yards later this year. My best groups are 1.25”, BR, Bi-pod, & rear towel. I mostly shoot late in the day before dusk when the wind usually comes up. Should I bother with a meter? Or just work with the Beaufort scale for now and wait until if & when I move to .223 and a few hundred yards?
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    I would think that the winds effect @ 100 yds would be negligible at best. It's dependant on your preference. You could potentially use it to calculate everything out and tighten your groups. Might be good practice for when you really need/want it down the road.
    I don't know anyone that has or uses one.
     

  3. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    Hand held.......

    How can you shoot with your hands holding something other than your
    22 rifle. The only thing that the hand held device is telling you is that where you're positioned is what is current, not one hundred yards away, wind just for an instance, humidity is not constant because as soon as the clouds covers the sun light it changes........Practice,practice and then practice some more.........:)
     
  4. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    See, that's what I'm thinking too, but I thought I'd check. Thanks.
     
  5. TCH2FLY

    TCH2FLY New Member

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    Wind within the first 100 yds can make a difference especially with a .22.
    Wind values can differ over distance but are usually close to constant over shorter distance (not counting terrain or buildings that may block wind)
    The initial wind deflection will also have a longer range effect on the round than a wind further down range.

    For a 40gr, .22 bullet the deflection caused by a 90 deg, 10mph crosswind is +-1"@50yds and 4-5"@100yds.

    Almost every long-range shooter I know has a way to measure wind/temp/barometric pressure. YMMV
     
  6. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    A windometer? Dang, how much texmex food do you eat?
     
  7. TooStrongTerry

    TooStrongTerry New Member

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    Technology these days...ruining the fun I tell ya :p

    @TooStrongTerry
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    You CAN use a wind meter. You may actually get better results from "reading" the wind on tell tales (streamers) that you have placed at intervals between you and target. The 5 mph Easterly wind at your shooting station could be a 5mph Northerly wind at the target.

    For 100 yards, would not expect great differences in speed or direction- and as long as the wind is consistent over the course of your shot string, effects on GROUP size should be negligible (it may be offset, but same size)

    For VERY long ranges, there will be differences in speed or direction over the path of the bullet, and with more distance to work on the bullet, greater effect.
     
  9. rifleman1

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    i have the kestreel 2000 it works well it does not give altitude though i think if you plan on shooting long range its worth the investment.i use mine for spraying fields with the aircraft but i have taken it to the range although im not a big long range shooter.
     
  10. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    How did you know!

    I’m guessing the last time I went to the range we had 3-5 mph winds to 3:00, with 8-10 mph gusts alternating to 7:00 & 10:00 every 3-4 minutes. Frankly at this point, with only a hundred or so rounds downrange, I’m not even sure it was me or the wind that gave me my smallest groups.

    I've got one 'tell tail' (?) stuck in the ground about 25 yards out. It's a piece of survey's tape someone left lying around (lime green). I'll go stick some more in, soon as it warms up again, maybe next month. (lime green okay? ;))
     
  11. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    You can use any color that floats yer boat. Hi viz colors are good- keep them all same length, so that a 5 mph wind moves them all to same angle.

    Had one of my military students take a 1200 meter shot, reading wind from banners lining a street that ran all the way to target. He said it could not have been planned any better- all same size banners with equal spacing.