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shooting in the rain

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by taliv, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    ya know, there's just something about laying out in the rain, shooting a precision rifle. all the pansies go inside and it's nice and quiet. get your zen on.
  2. bragood

    bragood Well-Known Member

    I have to agree with you on that! Was shooting in a garand match last year and it rained all day and the firing line was not covered and no cover to be seen for miles. It was awesome though and I believe more should do it.
  3. Jason_G

    Jason_G Well-Known Member

    Never really did much target shooting in the rain, but I've sat in my share of tree stands during downpours. Deer usually bed down when there's a frog-strangler, but when the rain stops it is good to be on the stand. I usually try to sit it out unless there's no end in sight. I usually carry one of those plastic rifle bags for my gun in case it starts raining. What do you guys do about rust?

  4. Slamfire

    Slamfire Well-Known Member

    Well, I am a pansie now.

    When I was Hard Core, I would go out and shoot a highpower match in the rain. I was happy to shoot in the rain in local matches. At the end of the day, I would be covered in grass and mud, my equipment saturated, and I would have to disassemble my rifle completely.

    There were times I had to use a blow drier on the eyepiece to my spotting scope. Because rain had fogged it up.

    Now, if the weather channel shows rain, I ain't going.

    Gone to the Pansie side.
  5. telomerase

    telomerase Well-Known Member

    Seems that it would randomize your results at long range... hitting raindrops has to do something :confused:

    Gene Kelly agrees with you though:

    I'm shoot-ing in the rain
    Just shooting in the rain
    What a glorious feelin'
    I'm happy again
  6. marktx

    marktx Well-Known Member

    Went out to the range last weekend when it was pouring down and had a great time. The firing line is covered so it was pretty simple to back the car up and pull the guns out without even getting them wet. Nobody was around to be distracting or ask a bunch of questions about those funny looking foreign guns. It was also a great opportunity to try out a few mags of tracers, normally wouldn't dare due to the fire hazard.

    Only downside was a few of them chuck the shells way out in the rain. Oh well
  7. jdc1244

    jdc1244 Well-Known Member

    Rain is fine, lightning not. Golf clubs and guns are a bad idea in a Florida lightning storm.
  8. Jason_G

    Jason_G Well-Known Member

    Add "rod and reel" to that list please :D

  9. jkingrph

    jkingrph Well-Known Member

    Back in my college days, some 40+ years ago, a friend and I were shooting while it was sleeting.
  10. Bartkowski

    Bartkowski Well-Known Member

    Let it rain. When you go in for the day dry the gun and oil it up. I do carry a plastic sandwich bag for the scope if I don't have a cover for the lens. Nothings worse than seeing a deer, but having water drops blur the scope.
  11. EShell

    EShell Well-Known Member

    Rain has no effect on exterior ballistics. The shock wave that is pushed ahead of the bullet displaces raindrops and there is no appreciable loss of velocity or increase in drop.

    Storms are no good to shoot (recreationally) in, due to lightning hazard and the typically higher winds that accompany storm activity.

    A gentle rain can be very educational to shoot in, due to being able to actually see the wind in the slant of the rainfall.

    Wet cartridges can show high pressure, and I've seen several occasions in which even factory loaded ammo will flatten primers, show ejector marks and be difficult to extract. I do not know the mechanism at work, but suspect it has to do with dampness increasing case head thrust.
  12. nwilliams

    nwilliams Well-Known Member

    I love being out in the rain, just not with my guns.

    Its not that I have a problem with shooting in bad whether, I just worry about rust developing.
  13. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    yeah the other day i went out in the hurricane (as my wife likes to put it) it was clear when i went out and i knew it would probally rain but i didn't care i wanted to shoot by god. so i did, and the rain was horrible, but what a binch of fun it was, and for me the training dosen't stop because of a littele wetness. it was fun and i am sure that i will do it again.
  14. tiger rag

    tiger rag Well-Known Member

    Good info ESHELL
  15. takhtakaal

    takhtakaal Well-Known Member

    I was in a competition the other month, shooting steel at 200 yards through an EOTech in a driving rain storm. It was such that I could discern the spray-painted color of the target, but because the rain was in spots and rivulets on both sides of the glass, it was almost impossible to really focus. I managed to hit it twice out of five shots without magnification, and while it felt like a bit of an accomplishment, having to dry everything out was a PITA at the end of the day. I would have been just as happy to have done it on a dry day, thank you.
  16. oneshooter

    oneshooter Well-Known Member

    No thanks. I shot, and lived in a area where it rained six month at a time. NO fun.

    Livin in Texas
  17. JImbothefiveth

    JImbothefiveth Well-Known Member

    If i had a stainless barrel, and a laminate stock, or shot under a tent I would, and I find outdoors in general to be better with rain. My favorite, though, is taking an old beater gun and shooting in ankle deep snow.
  18. Matt-J2

    Matt-J2 Well-Known Member

    It was snowing the day I bought my M44, so I took 2 boxes of ammo and killed a few Nazi logs. It's been in the rain as well, just seems to thrive in the snow. :)
  19. jim147

    jim147 Well-Known Member

    I still go out in the rain sometimes, but I will more than likely be casting or reloading if it's going to rain too much.
    If your worried about rain on you rifles wax makes the water bead just like on your car.
  20. Jenrick

    Jenrick Well-Known Member

    Place I used to shoot had a covered concrete pad pistol range surround on three sides by a berm that was taller then the roof. The berm during the summer is covered in 6' sun flowers, which makes being out there a little odd in the first place. Add in a frog strangler that had the water pouring in a water fall off all sides of the roof, and me not getting wet, it looked like Salvador Dali decided to paint a shooting range or something.


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