Just Drifting Along: Ballistic, Wind Drift, and First-Shot Hits!
April 16th, 2019 by team
It’s not exactly breaking news that wind is a top reason why our long-range shots miss. Among the many wind-related factors a shooter must consider is wind drift.
Wind drift is the wind’s ability to push your projectile in a particular direction as the projectile makes its way downrange. For example, a 10 mile-per-hour (mph) wind blowing directly from the right of a shooter will push a bullet to the left. The further the distance, the more left that projectile will stray from the intended point of impact.
How far will the bullet drift? That depends on many factors, including the speed of the wind, the direction it’s blowing, your bullet’s velocity, the bullet’s ballistic coefficient, and various environmental conditions.
Not that long ago, the best a shooter could do to account for wind was to hold over into the wind–a little to a lot!-pull the trigger, and hope. However, with Ballistic, a long-range shooter can determine precisely where their shot should go to make those all-important first shot hits.
Actually, we should say, “winds.” A shooter can easily find that a strong crosswind at his or her shooting position is blowing with much less force at 200 yards. At the target, the wind might even be coming in from a different direction!
Not a problem. With Ballistic’s Advanced Wind Kit, users can enter up to 8 different wind situations occurring between the shooter and the target.
When facing these complicated wind scenarios, a shooter taps on Ballistic’s“Wind Configuration” function, and can then add up to eight different winds, including an upwind. Simply tap to create a new wind zone and then slide it to the appropriate range.
Both direction and speed can be entered, as well as the distance in which the wind is active. For example, you calculate there is a 10-mph crosswind from zero to 400 yards, followed by a 9-mph headwind from 500 yards to the 1,000-yard target. You enter these wind zones into Ballistic, and Ballistic automatically calculates the correct hold.
With Ballistic, shooters can also input wind speed and direction in a manner of ways. They can use angle inputs (e.g., 90° = crosswind left to right) for the wind direction or the O’clock format (e.g., 3:00 will automatically translate to 90°). Headwinds can be added in, too, and Ballistic will automatically adjust a projectile’s velocity to account for the headwind calculation.
Ballistic is the only app with the Advanced Wind Kit. No wonder Ballistic is the World’s #1 Shooting App!