View Full Version : how to read wind

04-03-2010, 07:48 AM
Iv been putting this off, trying not to think about it. But after reading some of the more recent posts I have to know now.

So How does a beginer read the wind......?


B. Harvey
04-03-2010, 07:58 AM
First, do a search and read all you can on the subject. Then setup your flags and chart what wind does what on the target. Wind on different days, or different relays will influence your shot, sometimes a 9 o'clock wind does this, and sometimes it does that. Shoot sighters and be sure of your group center in a certain condition. Just because you shoot one sighter that results in an X does not mean your group center is in that location, and following shots can be sub-par.

Another thing to remember is, it is not 'plug and play'. If you have 5 flags in a 50 yard spread, you still don't have much data to go by. Two flags sitting 3-4 feet apart can read totally different and therein lies the problem, all that empty space with no flags.

More flags is better, unless each is doing it's own thing and you can't pick out which one is the 'key'.

I like to stagger my flags so I am looking down a tunnel.

It takes time to get a feel for what they are telling you, and no quick and easy answer is available.

04-03-2010, 08:00 AM

The First thing a Beginner can do is to update his profile with a real name and where he lives along with an email.
The 2nd is --- (This will depend on the 1st)

Paul Jr.
04-03-2010, 08:07 AM
I started 18 years ago with home made wind flags. A dowel rod and surveyors tape will get you started.
You can spend more money on better flags but this will tell you very quickly if you want to get more involved.
You will be able to relate wind direction and speed to bullet point of impact right away and close up your groups.
Do a search for wind flags and you will find several designs for home made flags if you would like to go that direction.
Good Luck

04-03-2010, 08:09 AM
Thanks Doug,

I will do that right now........

04-03-2010, 08:22 AM
How do I change my profile?

Stephen Perry
04-03-2010, 08:59 AM
One thing I can add is practice all day long. A shooter needs to see conditons in the morning, afternoon and late afternoon. Vary your practice times to experience these conditions.

Stephen Perry
Angeles BR

04-03-2010, 09:03 AM
Click on your name, in a post or at the top of the page where it says "welcome". This will take you to your profile. At the end of each line, there is a "tick mark". Click on this and it allows editing.

04-03-2010, 09:04 AM
I did change my profile,

Thanks for all the help

mr. nobody
04-03-2010, 09:18 AM
this was shared with me when i started out last year. so i will share it with you. it is not set in stone, but it does give you a place to start. the colored spots are where the bullet would hit if you are aiming at the bullseye i believe. been a year since i looked a it.


04-03-2010, 09:42 AM
Here is another wind chart that was forwarded to me by a prestigious member of this forum for your consideration, happy Easter ! Jack

(You can right click the image and hit print for a copy or click save as and save it on your computer)


04-03-2010, 09:54 AM
How do I change my profile?

Joseph if you would like for your real name to show under your screen name, (it will replace *Registered User*)here is a screen shot how. It seems to be the neighborly thing to do -to use real names around here,


King Ghidora
04-03-2010, 08:07 PM
I'm afraid I have to disagree about posting your real name and email address on the net. There's a lot of messed up people in this world and I've been threatened by people on the net because I disagreed with them. And that person was very serious. He tried very hard to find out where I lived. It was all because he said AOL's satellite internet service was like everything else from AOL and I said I had it and it worked much better than the competition, which it did. That person got very irate and managed to find out what town I lived in. He threatened me repeatedly and he was from close to my area and had lived near me a few years earlier. So he knew the area and he was trying very hard to find me. He told me who he was and I checked out the information and sure enough it was a very dangerous person who was well known to be very violent.

So please don't hold it against me if I'm not anxious to give out too many details. I do tell people what area I live in and if they tried hard they could find me. But I don't want to make my information too easy to find.

I would suggest that everyone here remember that a lot of people don't like what we do. This board is more about competition but there are other boards where people discuss other issues and if they connect you from one board to another and they find your information on the other board you could be put in a very bad position.

Maybe it's the area I grew up in but people here have always tried to keep their lives as private as possible. Given the nature of the internet it's just not a good idea to reveal your name to everyone. For one thing the government could possibly use information against you. I know employers already do it. And there are many anti-gun companies that would hold it against you if you were trying to get a job there. They do this sort of research very often these days. So the less people can connect you to online posts the better IMO. If you're trying to get a job anywhere from Gateway Computer to a teaching job at many locally controlled school systems they could very easily hold your gun use against you. This is the information age and there are people who will use information against you if you don't totally agree with everything they think. That's just how it is in modern America. So please don't be offended if I don't list my personal details. I think it will be easy enough to find that I am very much pro-gun by doing the same sort of search a corporation or a school board might use. I belong to a gun club and there are people on this board that know I am involved there.

04-04-2010, 04:43 AM
Well I'm a novice in reading the wind too as I have always shot indoors.I received my Carbon River flags last week and am going to give the diagrams a try-out,probably next week end.

Question : in steady wind coming from the same direction,do you click or hold off?I have a 24X scope so holding off will be a tad more difficult I suppose.

In changing winds do you wait for the wind to settle in the same direction for each shot or do you compensate for wind direction.

04-04-2010, 04:55 AM
I find the diagram on post# 11 very helpful when used with the flags, I
dont like over 4 flags for 50 yards...to much to look at (for me),wind probes or windicaters can be very helpful . Practice shooting with the flags in different positions to learn the effect. Good luck

Al Hadfield
04-04-2010, 05:16 AM
Hi Foosur,

There has been a good thread running on the new board on this subject, posted by Mr. Fisher. You might want to check it out...