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worth, the wind at your rifle's muzzle has a
much greater effect on the bullet than the wind
effects at the target.
If I'm happy with a group, I move the group
impact point using the sight adjustments
to where I want the hits to go and bust a
couple of confirmation shots-this isn't rocket
science. If I am not happy, then I open the
bolt, and as with the ammunition I mentioned
earlier, keeping both the gun and scope out
of the sun I let it cool for 10 to 15 minutes. At
exposed gun ranges this may mean doubling
up a heavy towel and covering the gun
(especially the scope) and ammunition to
protect it from the direct sun. Once cooled, I
am ready for the next group.
As mentioned before, sighting-in on a nice
80° F day, then hunting when it is 25° F or
less will affect long range shots due to air
density, but more to barrel temperature and
pressure affecting the ammunition. On big

game you will not notice it much out to 400
yards-if you do your part by having good
zeroes at that range and accurately holding
and firing. Competition and military sniper
marksmanship is different, as they must
know how Mr. Gun shoots in various climate
conditions because the X- and 10-ring is
small and located at various distances. In the
case of military sniper applications, unlike
targets or big game, the target and his friends
may shoot back at you and with something
much bigger, badder and maybe a whole lot
of them too! For the rest of us, if we do our
job of correctly applied marksmanship and
common sense we will do fine.

YOU AREN'T DONE YET
After benching a rifle most folks will pack up
and head home. But things change when
not shooting from the bench. During the
hunt the shooter is actually holding the rifle,

E-targets, such as the
Oakwood Controls unit
pictured here, can speed
up the zeroing process.

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