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I shoot the same shells (#8 singles and doubles, 7.5 handicap) when the wind is blowing and when it is calm. Some days, I shoot very well in the wind. Other times, the wind causes me much anguish. On some calm days I shoot good scores and on others, I embarrass myself. The effort I put into my shooting seems to be more important than the wind.

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Shooting when it's windy will "tell" on you. It tells whether you really look at the target or not. If you really look at the target you can hit it regardless of whether it's windy or not. If you don't really look at the target, if you normally just glance at the target, shooting in the wind will not be fun.

The basic advice is that you shouldn't do anything different when shooting in windy conditions.


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I have found that If I take my time letting the bird take it`s own final direction I score very well. That is the consensus around the fire place among the shooters who all score well in windy conditions. Trying to hurry up and beat the wind is only mildly successful. I favor quick shells, 8`s are fine. Im choke or full. And enjoy yourself, I never had such great practice!! And so much fun. Last nite we shot in 20-30 mile an hr gusty winds-challenging!!
 

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Shooting clays in wind is tricky business. Wind velocity and the direction it's coming from has to be considered too. The only way you'll even know how the slight to very high velocity winds affect your pattern is patterning it during such winds. It's a PITA to do but you'll know how winds affect your POA in relation to the actual POI. A 10 MPH breeze will drift a trap pattern about 8 inches at 40 yards or there abouts! Above 35MPH winds will really play havoc with scores! Try patterning your gun during a tough cross wind, it's a real eye opening experience to totally miss a 4X4 sheet of cardboard that's sitting still? Shooting basics go out the door during hard blowing winds.

Just kidding guys! Don't pay any attention, just a morning ramble here :) Hap
 

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I normally do pretty good in the wind seeing as I got quite a bit of practice in it last fall. I used the same shells as I normally use, 8's and my full fixed choke. Only problem I seem to run into is when the bird jumps right when I shoot...that cost me my 2nd 25, I'm never too happy when that happens. But it's all in fun.

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