ballistic curve


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ballistic curve

[bə′lis·tik ′kərv]
(mechanics)
The curve described by the path of a bullet, a bomb, or other projectile as determined by the ballistic conditions, by the propulsive force, and by gravity.
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It is also observed from Figure 5 that the three ballistic curves tend to converge with increasing impact velocity.
The internal computer contains a listing of nearly 600 factory loaded cartridges and the ballistic curve associated with each, eliminating the need for a separate rangefinder and reducing sometimes crucial seconds in switching from a rangefinder to your rifle when getting ready to take a shot.
However, the method of testing this is both time-consuming and prone to error: a spatter of blood does not travel in a straight line as the strings suggest, but follows a ballistic curve that depends on its velocity.

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