Killing Game at Long Distances Effect of Wind
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Killing Game at Long Distances Effect of Wind

Killing Game at Long Distances Effect of Wind




      

Killing Game at Long Distances Effect of Wind


Killing Game at Long Distances Effect of Wind

A good stiff wind blowing across the range would easily drift a .30 caliber bullet two feet and the lightest breeze that could be felt would send it out of the eight-inch. The most moderate head wind would drop our bullet beneath the circle or if coming from the rear would drive it over the top.

Light might vary the elevation a foot or two, and the man who failed to read his thermometer would make a fatal oversight. Referring to the Government cartridge, a change in temperature from zero to 100 would increase the initial velocity one hundred and fifty feet, with a change in trajectory that would throw us wide of the eight inch. Changes in air pressure and air moisture would do so, too, with like certainty.

From the foregoing it is to be concluded that the hunter who would kill his game at five hundred yards must have a more accurate rifle than any we now possess, must be able to estimate the distance to within a few feet, must have a wind gauge and elevating back sight, micrometer adjusted, and must carry with him a barometer, thermometer, and hygrometer. Additionally he will have to be a mighty good shot. The average hunter is supposed to have skill enough to place half his shots in an eight-inch bull’s-eye at two hundred yards, and at five hundred he would do well to strike a thirty-inch with some of the bullets scattered over a five-foot circle—this wouldn't do.

Askins, Charles. Rifles and Rifle Shooting. New York: Outing, 1912. Print.

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