Many people who are just beginning the process of hunting with a gun wonder which factor has a significant impact on a firearms maximum projectile distance. They all seem to want to get as far away as possible from their target, but very few are willing to put forth the effort to learn just how much distance they can get away with. This article will discuss one such factor and how it can directly affect your ability to hit your prey from a distance. You may be shocked at just how important it can be to know this information! Hopefully you will be able to apply some of this knowledge to your shooting technique and maximize your results.
One of the most important factors that affects your ability to get as far as you can be your bullet weight. The heavier the bullet, the further the shot will travel. The benefit of a heavier bullet is two fold. First, it causes the bullet to go farther, and secondly, it increases the overall energy of the round which, in turn, increases its penetration.
Now, let’s take a look at the factor that has a significant impact on a firearm distance. That factor is wind. Wind adds energy to the bullet which, in turn, adds distance to the shot. So if you’re hunting in a field where there is no wind, then you’ve got an advantage. On the other hand, if there is good to powerful wind blowing where you are hunting, then you’ve got a huge disadvantage and will not be catching anything.
To measure how much energy is transferred to the bullet by wind, you need a method that can take wind readings at various distances. Unfortunately, these don’t exist. What you can do, though, is to create your own. Here’s how it works.
First, you must attach some sort of meter to your hunting spot. Next, shoot a bullet into the meter at various distances. You’ll get different results depending on how far the bullet goes. Keep track of the distance traveled. This number is what we need.
The third factor is the wind itself. How much does it blow? If the wind blows very hard, the bullet will travel further. It’s that simple.
The last factor we’ll discuss involves elevation. Does it fall below the target at different elevations? If so, this will have an effect on the trajectory. Again, it’s pretty simple.
There you go. Hopefully it answers your question, “What does the wind have to do with determining a firearms maximum range?” Remember, this is just a rule of thumb. Wind plays a very large role in determining a pistol-shot range, but only by a very small one. The other factors play much larger roles, but this one is the bare minimum. Good luck!