ballistic coefficient


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ballistic coefficient

[bə′lis·tik ‚kō·ə′fish·ənt]
(mechanics)
The numerical measure of the ability of a missile to overcome air resistance; dependent upon the mass, diameter, and form factor.
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Now, we could talk about ogive contours (the shape of the bullet's nose), polymer tip versus no tip and ballistic coefficients (BCs).
That did not surprise me, but since the less streamlined shape of the new shot lowers its ballistic coefficient (and downrange velocity), I was amazed to see total penetration of the two types of shot into the gel about the same.
300 Winchester Magnum into the optimum cartridge; doing so would mandate the use of a projectile with a ballistic coefficient as close to 0.
The latest generation of very efficient match bullets blessed with very high ballistic coefficients only make it better.
The new Barnes Tipped Triple-Shock X Bullet is a higher ballistic coefficient version of the famous Triple-Shock X.
The LazerHead features a boat tail design with high ballistic coefficient and sectional density values for superior long-range accuracy.
Enter the ballistic coefficient and velocity of the load you're using in the scope's internal computer, and when you press the ranging button the correct aiming dot lights up.
The ballistic coefficient of body, whether it is a bullet or satellite reentry vehicle, is the measure of its ability to overcome air resistance in flight.
This astonishes shooters who still believe bullet weight controls wind-drift, but in reality ballistic coefficient plus velocity are the two variables.
The fourth section is a quick ballistic reference guide that compares cartridges based on velocity, trajectory and energy for a bullet with a relatively high ballistic coefficient and a noncompressed load.