ballistic table

ballistic table

[bə′lis·tik ′tā·bəl]
(mechanics)
Compilation of ballistic data from which trajectory elements such as angle of fall, range to summit, time of flight, and ordinate at any time, can be obtained.
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I left the zero with a Hornady 168-grain Tipped bullet hitting just over an inch high and a fraction to the right away from the wind and constructed my ballistic table from this.
As the ballistic table indicates, the new load extends its effective range.
The second unit was a very sophisticated military unit, yet I still had to input the environmental conditions in order to change the ballistic table appropriately for the change from sea level to the mountains of Montana (I did it with the use of the weather meter in the Kestrel).
Their ballistic table shows with the rifle is sighted dead on at 200 yards, the bullet will drop 58" at 500 yards.
And they have added one useful feature -- a ballistic table printed on the back of the box.
I've never cared for the idea of sighting in X-inches high at 100 yards and trusting a ballistic table to say the rifle is now sighted at 250 yards.
Jack O'Connor, who hunted before there were laser rangefinders or computer ballistic tables, advised hunters to sight in between two and 2.5 inches high at 100 yards and be done with it.
It may have been the first manual to include ballistic tables. Hornady's 9th edition arrived a few months ago.
Known as the Multi Ray it includes a ballistic computer that can store over 1,000 ballistic tables. The system can be installed not only on the left or right side of the rifle, but also on top.
Before that, the most common computer was the human variety -- yes, actual humans doing calculations on paper or with the help of adding machines handled the grunt work of, say, calculating the trajectories of artillery shells for ballistic tables.
This hefty tome has been updated with some new cartridges and a some useful ballistic tables. It still suffers from some rather confusing layout, but remains the most complete ammunition guide available.

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