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Hunting in the rain.

Hunting in the rain.
« on: July 09, 2018, 12:17:08 PM »
Never having had to hunt big game in the rain, I'm wondering what effect rain drops may have on a longish shot. 
Any bench rest shooters about that have rain experience??

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Re: Hunting in the rain.
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 12:41:07 PM »
Long time benchrest shooter. In a 'heavy' downpour it makes a tremendous difference, especially in my 6mm PPC bullet weights.

Hunting-wise, with substantially higher calibers and bullet weights, the difference is minimal, especially if it is a 'normally' light to medium rain.

Out beyond 300 to 400 yards, nearly everything makes a difference, including rain!

Re: Hunting in the rain.
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2018, 02:00:23 PM »
Been caught out hunting in torrential down pours here in Florida! You can't see very far even through a scope or binoculars if you aren't under cover. The rapid temp change tends to fog up every optic, including your glasses. Fog plays games with your hearing.  :)

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Re: Hunting in the rain.
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2018, 02:32:17 PM »
My shots are not long enough to have to worry about weather.
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Re: Hunting in the rain.
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2018, 02:55:52 PM »
I hunted in a persistent drizzle once. It was an odd cross of fog and heavy sprinkles. Visibility was cut considerably so the animals may have been there but I wasn’t able to see them. It was tough even with decent optics to see much past 350 yards.
In my humble opinion those small bits of moisture like I encountered would have minimal effect on the bullet but a large change in what you clearly see.
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Re: Hunting in the rain.
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2018, 07:07:49 AM »
Okay, so I gather that if you can see well enough for a clear shot (regardless of range) then the rain is not something to worry over.

Thanks guys

Re: Hunting in the rain.
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2018, 09:00:52 AM »
Pretty much accurate!  Hopefully, you won't have to "enjoy" bad weather while hunting.   :)

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Re: Hunting in the rain.
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2018, 06:55:52 PM »
I do a lot of hunting in rainy weather. I love getting out after pigs when it rains. I have a dedicated wet weather rifle, it's a Tikka T3 SS in .243 with 3.5-10x40 Leupold scope with flip up scope covers. I have never had the rain mess up a shot over normal ranges, well where I hunt pigs 300 yards would be a long shot.
So I say pack ya raincoat and get out in the wet weather. You will be amazed at how many critters actually move about when it is raining.
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