Scope reticle choices are numerous today. This week we want to discuss some of the different features that are out there. We also want to discuss a trend that we’re seeing and why it’s a good one. The reason for this should be fairly straight forward. A scope reticle is a very personal choice to make. In all honesty it can be even more important than the brand of scope you buy. What I mean is which scope reticle choices are available can actually drive sales of a given scope brand.
Today I’m going to talk a bit about wind meters and why they’re a necessary tool for the precision shooter. I see this question a bunch, especially among newer shooters; what do I need first? You can do a lot in this game without spending crazy money, especially in the beginning. However, you really need to have a wind meter as you get started and throughout your journey into precision shooting. The main reason why is because trying to guesstimate the wind speed based on what you see and feel is just that…a guess. In order to learn and to calibrate your senses to what that means in terms of wind speed you need a wind meter. The technical term is anemometer. What we mean is a device that measures wind speed.
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If you’ve heard discussion with the terms tangent, secant, and hybrid ogive thrown around you’ve been listening to people discuss bullet profiles. Today we’re going to discuss them a bit here so if you hear a similar discussion you’re a little better informed as to the subject matter. Bullet profiles, specifically, the leading edge of the bullet is where these differences are found. Differences in the ogive profile can have a range of effects on the flight characteristics of the bullet and even on how finicky they are during load development. So there are multiple facets of precision shooting that tangent, secant, and hybrid ogive designs can participate in!
So this week I wanted to talk a little about magnification level and target transitions. In other words, what magnification levels are conducive to shooting and how does it affect your ability to transition targets? I also wanted to discuss magnification levels in general as it’s often misunderstood. Plenty of people think that the higher the magnification level the more detail you can see and the better off you are. That isn’t always the case! Especially if you are in some sort of dynamic shooting environment and need to transition between targets or have to change positions or firing points!
Another week goes by and with some shooting done at the range it’s time for another update on the Evolution of Tripod Shooting series! Last time we had talked about how there are some theories and some rumors flying around about how different aspects of tripod shooting improve accuracy. We talked about keeping the rifle low on the tripod, direct mounting versus saddle style, etc. This week I’m going to give a preliminary report on how I’ve gone about testing some of those claims. I’m also going to set up PT4 where I’m going to do some direct comparisons and report back with the results on the different theories about tripod shooting enhancements.