A guy stopped by yesterday that used to shoot long range match in the military and we got to talking about it.
We were talking about estimating the wind out to 1000yds. I told him of a guy I read that claims to be able to estimate the wind to 500yds and be withing 1 mph of correct. Well he said that's probally not true and even if it was, 1 mph isn't enough to make much difference. I asked about using grass to estimate it as that sounds like so much BS to me. And appearently it is. Sometime watch the grass, different stems blow in different dirrections and heavier grass doesn't bend as much. Forgot, he said to focus half way to the target for the reading.
Then he told me he could guess wind fairly close but only on fairly warm days. Your gonna love it. He uses high power binoculars or better a spotting scope and reads the heat waves! Yeep, that's what he said. That annoying garbage moves around with the wind. It'll tell you left to right and suggest velocity. Seem's that wind coming from say, 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 and 9:30, the effect is lower side deflection. That makes sence to me.
C.G., Rick, you guy's shoot long range. How accurate is this? Makes perfect sence to me but I'm in grade school.