Has anyone tried a long range shooting simulation on a computer? I don't have the time to go to range as much as I like and thought maybe there might be some kind of simulation. I liked and found some and wondered if anyone has tried them. Wondered if it helped and what your thoughts were. I know real world range time works best but wondered if this simulation would help get a person close and a better idea of mirage and wind and all the factors that go into long range.
I wouldn't think it would hurt you as long as the simulator has actual video of mirage and wind indicators along with measured wind speeds to help you make sure you are estimating correctly. Which simulator are you using?
Get yourself some wind flags or ribbons like Russel made and set them out to 100 yards............then have at it with your accurate .22 rimfire. It will at least give you a good indication of what wind can do to a high power CF bullet at 600 to 1K! I just got done shooting my .25 PCP Benjamin Maurader at 50 yards off my porch with one wind flag. A 1/4" group can open up real quick to 1 1/2" in a hurry! My best attempt on an earlier day:
Yeah that's what I'm thinking Richard I've been looking at some of these simulators and haven't been impressed. I think once I get my new stock on my 243 I'll just bite the bullet and get a membership at local gun range and start setting up flags. Maybe I'll find someone there willing to show me the ropes.
The only problem I have with wind flags is they often are blowing in different directions. This leads to confusion and something else to think about when trying to concentrate on the shot. I know they are helpful in certain situations. I relate it to when I used to play a lot of golf and read putts from both sides of the hole. I would often see two different reads from different sides of the hole and then couldn't figure out where to hit the putt. Too many things to think about usually lead to poor results. JMO
Post by 12ptdroptine on Sept 24, 2015 17:03:32 GMT -5
I put 4 flags out ...to 200 yds...every 50 yds and I line them all up so I can see them readily. With 1in front of each target. Then I don't shoot until it's right.....Might take a couple minutes. But it makes ALL the difference in the final result. I am still very focused on the target...but If I see that flag come up in to my vision....I remove my finger from the trigger. I am NO good at guessing where the wind is coming from or going....and watching the trees and weeds at unknown yardage didn't seem to work for me either....an uneducated guess? Or an educated decision ? For me it has been instrumental. Again I thank you Richard! Drop