The Long Range Shooting Guide, Part 1: Theory
By Tom McHale
USA –-(Ammoland.com)- Long range shooting is kind of like throwing a baseball from right field to home plate. When you boil down all the complexity, you really only have to worry about two things: how far the bullet falls before it hits the target and how far the wind blows it sideways.
If you want to make your head hurt, you can add in more variables like moving targets, rotation of the earth, and bullet spin drift, but for now, we’ll keep things simple.
There are only two major guiding principles to worry about for most longer range shooting scenarios: gravity and wind.
Like political promises in an election year, you can always count on gravity. Fortunately, when it comes to long range shooting, gravity is simpler than it may seem at first glance. People get all wrapped around the axle about velocity and bullet shape and how those things “defeat gravity,” but those don’t really have anything to do with defying gravity, at least not directly. You see, gravity only cares about how long an object is exposed to it. If …Read the Rest