There was a time when ballistics weren’t much of a consideration for shooters, who used smooth-bore muskets to hunt for game and protect their families. But with the advent of the rifled barrel and the Minie ball during the Crimean War and U.S. Civil War, ballistics have become critically important for modern day recreational and competition shooters, hunters and members of the military and law enforcement. And while there was a time when shooters had to rely on experience and intuition and later the principles of trigonometry to better calculate the bullet trajectory, the ways in which shooters calculate their long-range shots has become simple and nearly instantaneous. Before we jump into the details, check out the video below for some popular ballistics software programs.
Ballistics Software Portability Greatly Improved:
Instead of using pen and paper to perform longhand ballistics calculations, technological advances in ballistics software mean shooters of all types now input standardized information into their cellphones, tablets and portable laptops. The results are nearly instantaneous and make shooting with long-range rifle scopes like the ones featured in these reviews, make it much easier and more accurate. Depending on the software program and whether using a cellphone, iPad or tablet, or a laptop computer to run ballistics software, shooters now can just check the appropriate manufacturer’s bullet and provide the atmospheric information, which often includes wind speed and direction, humidity level and atmospheric pressure, to calculate the bullet’s travel over a hundreds of yards. Shooters provide the distance to the target, and the ballistics calculator will indicate the amount of drop and bullet drift.
Most Military-Style Rifles Require Different Calculations:
Military-style rifles are very popular for their excellent combination of weight, power and accuracy in a highly portable shooting platform that can carry up to 30 rounds in states allowing magazines capable of holding that many rounds. The civilian .223 Remington round is one of the most popular in recreational and competitive shooting and can make for a great deer-hunting projectile. When mated with suitable assault rifle optics, the rifles are outstanding hunting, competitive, self-defense and recreational shooting implements. When switching from the lighter assault rifle bullets to heavier .30-caliber rifles, shooters can use the improved ballistics software to improve their shooting accuracy.
Improved Ballistics Software Works With Many Rifles:
Most ballistics software programs have become advanced enough to enable accurate shooting with nearly any firearm and popular type of ammunition. Some software programs provided as free downloads from ammunition manufacturers many times will provide information only for that company’s specific bullets and no others. But others many times can be customized with favorite types of bullets added for use in the field. Years ago, only the wealthy and truly professional competitive shooters could afford to take such technology into the field with them, but advances in technology have made it very simple to download free ballistics software programs from many sources, including iTunes, ammunition company websites, Microsoft and Apple online stores and other locations. Most are free or cost only a nominal amount, and shooters can use the technological advancements to enjoy the same advantages only the military, police and professional shooters once employed.