View Full Version : reading wind flags

07-18-2009, 04:29 PM
is there a web site or such where one can see wind flags and results of bullets fired in that wind flag indication/direction of travel??


07-18-2009, 04:51 PM
I have a little game that I got off this sight or rimfire central, I think, a couple years ago. you can vary the wind speed and some other stuff, and there 3 wind indicators on it. I can not post a link as that was 3 cpu's ago (don't ask) It is called benchrest....... . Also the NRA in-cahoots with speedy had something out also quite a bit more involved on a dvd was $20. might still be available.

Just went to 6mmBR there is a down-loadable br game there with wind factors in real time. check it out it is in the video section under entertainment

alan k
07-18-2009, 06:01 PM
Google Benchrest Mania, free ware download. Enjoy!!

Al Kunard

07-18-2009, 06:29 PM
with just those 2 games i see i was misreading wind flags big time, espically not holding off enough, i have a much better understanding now


07-18-2009, 08:09 PM
any other ideas to help read them??? shoot more over them?? with them?? look for like conditions?? what would like conditions be??


07-18-2009, 10:09 PM
team 40x has some good in formation bill

thanks i will check it out


Fred J
07-19-2009, 12:18 AM
The only way you're going to learn to shoot the wind, is Practice, Practice, Practice, in the condititions you will most likely shoot in.

lead head
07-19-2009, 05:15 AM
Mr. Fred is giving you some great advice. The next thing is to make sure you have good wind flags that work and the thing that has helped me the most is a "wind probe" made by Gene Beggs.
You can also buy a book by Mike Ratigan called "Extreme Rifle Accuracy" that has some good stuff about reading the wind in it. The book itself is mostly about centerfire benchrest but some of the info will cross over to rimfire.
Good Luck
Larry Burchfield

07-19-2009, 12:45 PM
i've got the cd winning in the wind by lones wigger and lanny basham

07-19-2009, 03:16 PM
i found it all over the net, does it have video or is it just graphics and such??


07-19-2009, 03:30 PM
i've had it so long i've forgotten, and can't find the cd...but i have it downloaded in my p.c.
i might have bought it online in 2004, lones wigger is a super star ..i do remember lanny basham's poeple always spamming me to buy his other
HOW TO videos.

it's a big file, 282 megabites, just tried to burn a copy, message said file format not supported, but heck i can play it so why not burn one:rolleyes:

07-19-2009, 03:32 PM
it has sound, graphics, pretty much all you need, but if you download it
get ready for lanny spam:o

07-19-2009, 03:37 PM
i forgot it goes into detail on MIRAGE...very good stuff..i'd buy it again:)

07-19-2009, 03:48 PM
i've kept this on file for years and printed it out had it laminated to take to my practice bench
i hope he don't mind me shareing, but it helped me imensely...much appreciated Bill B..he did'nt have to share:cool:

First off, I'm no expert on doping the wind and have less experience then most shooters here but - - -

I'll let you in on the secret of doping the wind. This has served me well for two seasons now. If the wind is blowing left-right, aim a little bit to the left and up. If the wind is blowing right to left, aim a bit to the right and low. The harder the wind blows, the more you have to hold off. If you get a head wind, aim a little high, tailwind, a little low. Now the thing is; don't just guess at the hold-offs unless you just want to learn how good a guesser you are.

Watch your flags for the prevailing condition(s). If you see a pattern, shoot at a sighter in a prevailing condition. Aim at the X dot and note where the bullet impacts. You may want to shoot two shots per condition just as a double check. I usually then will hold off on that sighter and hopefully the shot lands in the 10 ring. If that condition is holding, it's off to a record bull. When the condition changes, go up to your second sighter and see what that does to your shot. Figure out your hold off and, again, if the condition holds, head off to another record bull.

Your best bet for success is to look for one or two prevailing conditions and run the targets when you get those conditions. Have the patience to wait out gusts or other non-prevailing conditions. Sometimes you'll get those days where the wind is switchy and variable and there is just no real prevailing conditions. On days like that you can shoot some sighters and try to figure things out, but, you may just have to make a WAG (wild-ass guess). That's the pucker factor. Some times you have to use both methods on a target. You may find yourself running out of time waiting for your condition(s) to come back to you and you may have to rely on a WAG.

Practicing your WAG shooting is fun and you can develop the confidence to take them. You can practice your techinque in running conditions but since conditions can (and often do) change from shoot to shoot and site to site, it's unlikely that you'll be able to memorize the conditon and the hold off. Use your sighters for that. Practice is good for watching the flags and recognizing the prevailing conditions. That practice can be done with shooting very few shots. You may learn a lot by just setting up your wind flags in your yard and watching. Shoot well.

p.s. Always trust your sighters. Always. (Boy that's hard to remember sometimes)
Last edited by Bill B on 09-19-2003 at 07:08 PM

Fred J
07-19-2009, 06:21 PM
Practice, Practice, Practice. One thing I've learned, is that when the wind blows harder from any set direction, you had better take a sighter instead of just holding off a little more. Sometimes, it will go excattly at the POA. Opp's, 25, 10, or that dreaded Zero.