Three Tips for Making a Long Shot

Three Tips for Making a Long Shot
HUNTER TAKES AIM WITH SCOPED RIFLEJOHN HAFNER

Recently, I listened to a talk by David Tubb, who is an 11-time National High Power champion and one of our leading thinkers on shooting at long range. Mr. Tubb can solve math problems in his head, on the firing line, in competition, that I could not unlock with the aid of three computers and eight professors from Princeton University.

The ability to do the math quickly can spell the difference between success and failure in the field. If you’re throwing down at something 592 yards away that’s going to get into Boone and Crockett, do you fling lead and pray, or do you figure it out? I don’t need to tell you the answer.

There are all sorts of devices that will tell you how far away something is or what your holdover should be, but nothing that scopes out the breezes that make your life a waking hell. So, filled with despair, I offer these rules.

1. Look Ahead

Don’t worry about what the wind is doing where you are; watch it midway to the target.

2. More is Less

The faster a bullet is moving, the less the wind pushes it. The heavier and more streamlined it is, the less the wind pushes it. This doesn’t apply to short, fat bullets, which despite their weight do not slip easily through the air.

3. Inch Closer

It’s easy to outsmart yourself by holding off too much. If you have wind-resistant bullets and lots of velocity and are not shooting from terribly far away (say, 250 yards or less), then a moderate wind is going to push your slug a couple of inches one way or another, but no more.