Last Friday I returned to the High Desert Rod and Gun club in Morongo Valley to test my ability to shoot those small bullets (55g FMJBT) in windy conditions at 300yds at 11 inch round steel hanging plates. After my success the previous outing I had to know just how difficult it would be to hit smaller targets ( from 16 inches down to 11 inches) in windy conditions. Well, I found out that I am not good at determining wind speed. Wind direction was easier to determine as there are several wind flags positioned at 100yds at both extreme sides of the rifle range. I had estimated the wind at full value (90 degrees to my muzzle) and 20 mph. I shot 5rds and had no idea where the bullets hit. I think the most valuable asset in shooting long distance is a "spotter". I don't have one. Linda the RO for the day was asked her guess as to the speed of the wind. She pulled out here Kestrel wind meter and told me about 10mph. So, I had 26 clicks of right windage cranked into my scope and should have had only 13 clicks. Linda also mentioned that her wind meter only registered the wind at the muzzle and the speed and direction would change throughout the 300yds between my muzzle and the 11" steel plate. She said that usually the speed would diminish a little because of the shape of the canyon. So, I corrected my windage setting and sent a round down range. Boom-there was impact on the steel. I sent a second round and hit the steel again. On the 3rd round just before the trigger broke a gust of wind came up and the bullet missed the target. I forgot to shoot between wind gusts. I made a .2 MIL windage adjustment to center the hits on the 11 inch steel plate and then hit 9 for 9. I learned that one needs a good spotter and if that is not possible a wind meter is a good accessory to have. I was happy about hitting 11 inch hanging round steel targets at 300yds. I was not happy with my inability to "dope" the wind. I am learning about shooting in the wind.