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atmospher and shot flight

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by wayneo, Sep 6, 2010.

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  1. wayneo

    wayneo Active Member

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    The higher the altitude, the less dense the air is. Fewer air molecules means less resistance. A baseball hit 400 feet at Yankee Stadium will travel 440 feet at Coors Field.

    Wayne
     
  2. Unknown1

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    The speed of both is affected by changes in air density but the point is moot since the change in air density affects each equally.

    MK
     
  3. Dr A C Jones

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    Less atmosphere favours the pellets more than the targets. Less air slows the pellets less so they are more destructive and also spreads the pellets less which gives a denser pattern and hence a higher likelihood of pellet strikes.

    Any effect on the target is much reduced because they are set for the local conditions, that is, if the flight was hugely different, the trap would be adjusted to give the correct distance and height.

    Andrew.
     
  4. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    Humidity affects things too. Unlike many think, humid air is actually lighter than dry air, and offers less air resistance and less buoyancy.

    Cold + dry + low elevation (high pressure) = more air resistance

    Hot + humid + high elevation (low pressure) = less air resistance

    A hot humid day in Mexico City makes for a looong run and a higher speed to take off with an airplane.

    For trap shooting, I think the difference is probably totally inconsequential.
     
  5. Neil Winston

    Neil Winston Well-Known Member

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    Claybirds, however, fly about the same. That's because though the drag is less at higher altitude, so is the lift and lift is what keeps them in the air.

    High altitude patterns are much tighter.

    Neil
     
  6. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    The differences are slight in shooting western clays compared to high humidity clays in the east. The average western shooter seems to have more trouble adapting to the higher humidity in the east for more reasons than just the percentages of humidity. Some shooters notice a slight delay in the time differences between shot and break when comparing those differences of east and west clays. How shooters determine lead also comes into play big time too!

    Hap
     
  7. Sock Eating Golden

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    Since the clays are aimed for distance and height from the trap house wouldn't that make the whole argument moot? Because a yard in humid conditions is a yard in dry conditions. And a foot at low elevation is the same as a foot at high elevation.
     
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