Holding the Wind vs Dialing

The tactical shooter should be able to both hold for wind, and not just dial. Which you use is up to you, and more importantly the situation. Experiment with both methods, each is a specific tool for the toolbox.



Wind Reading Basics, Holding the wind vs Dialing the Wind

Question always comes up, should I "Hold" for the wind or do I dial in my correction. The short answer is, there is no one right answer. Depending on who you talk to, the answer will be as varied as asking what is your favorite color. The tactical shooter should be able to do both with equal skill and accuracy. Time, opportunity, the size of the target, the amount of exposure on the target, there are variety of reasons why one method can work better than the other. The bottom line, it depends on the situation. If you are not capable of doing it both ways, you're not maximizing the effectiveness of your system.

You don't need a dedicated hold over reticle, you can easily accomplish the same speed and level of accuracy with a plain old mil dot reticle. Fortunately you see very few plain old mil dot reticles being sold. The reticle is a ruler, if you match the adjustment of the turrets to the angular system of the reticle, what you see, is what you get. By matching Mils or MOA, what ever you would have dialed you can easily hold, and vice versa, what ever you see in the reticle you can dial. There is no conversion.

When speed is a consideration, holding is much easier. It's a dynamic way of doing business. You can easily change direction, you can move to multi targets without fear of having the wrong information dialed in on the scope. It's flexible.

Dialing gets you closer to the center of the reticle. For those who are unsure about their hold, it gives them a bit more control over the value. Most of the KD Shooters you meet will dial before they attempt to hold.

Truth is, you can use any combination, you can dial some to bring you into the center of the reticle, then hold the gusts favoring any adjustments. So this is why there is no one right answer. It's up to the tactical shooter to practice both. Know your system and learn to use it. That way regardless of the situation, you have a solution.