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Posted: 3/16/2006 12:09:28 PM EDT
I'm guessing if it does, it's unpredictable what it will do to each round.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 12:11:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 12:12:17 PM EDT
tag, ive always wondered about this
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 12:13:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BuckeyeRifleman:
tag, ive always wondered about this



Me too.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 12:17:58 PM EDT
I have wondered about it myself. I think about 85% of the time I went to qualify with my weapon, it was raining...but I still shot expert, so who knows...
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 12:21:24 PM EDT
Not measurably. But it has affected impact fuses on AA shells in the past. And also VT fuses (proximity).

Rain falls about 10 MPH and being a fluid, moves readily out of the path of the bullet due to the shock wave. Hardly an impedimant like a twig or stalk of grass which does measurably affect path.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 12:22:16 PM EDT
it does affect bullet path, one drop at a time
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 12:23:02 PM EDT
How bad is it raining? I think the rain would hamper your vision of the target more than it would affect your bullet path.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 12:23:37 PM EDT
I think it averages out, some drops will make it go left, some make it go right, etc.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 1:14:31 PM EDT
would be a good test for the box of truth member here.

where he lives (not far from where I am) it rains a lot in the spring.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 1:17:27 PM EDT
Sounds like a Box O'Truth project for O_P!



HH
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 1:23:08 PM EDT
I was shooting a match @ 250 yards in light rain. I was shooting a Sako Varmit in .17 Rem. I still shot a group of 1 1/2". I don't think that it made that much difference, and I would think that the thin skinned 20gr bullets would be damaged, but they were not.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 1:25:24 PM EDT
yes, even dust particles affect bullet trajectory
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 1:45:20 PM EDT
I shoot a 100yd rimfire league in the summer. Anshutz target rifles,20+ power target scopes,stupid $12 a box target ammo. You need to shoot within 1" groops to be in the running with the big boys.I am not quite giving them a run (the top shooters) but I am trying. The rimfire bullet is fairly slow (1100fps) and a small puff of wind will drift the bullet 1/2" or better.
One day we set up the targets and got prone on our mats under the roof at the fireing line just as the sky opened up and was raining cats and dogs. You would think in a 40 round match you would catch a raindrop with some bullets but it just didn't happen. Four of us had got set up,warmed our barrels and taken our sighter shots by the time the rain started so we shot the match and all our scores were very close to the averages we had been running that season .

Seems to go against logic ,I guess that there is a shock wave moveing ahead of the bullet slideing the drops out of the way.
For whatever reason raindrops don't seem to upset slow rimfire. Faster or faster spinning bullets might be a different story .
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 2:02:21 PM EDT
On 25 yard pistol ranges during qualififcations, no issues. Expcept for a being soaking wet.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 2:05:41 PM EDT
I have noticed a slight gain in group size during heavy rain.
However, I do not have an data base large enough to tabulate, as my wussie friends are afraid of getting their rifles wet!
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 2:09:02 PM EDT
I read an article in G&A once where the writer shot through a series of sprinklers IIRC. There was no effect on the accuracy of the rifle. Anacdotal knoweldge in this thread seems to support that conclusion. Albeit using sprinklers at the time.
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