Originally Posted by rick523
The ballistic programs were not available then either, does that mean they should be over looked? I think it is better to use technology that is available for quicker results. It's a lot more fun to hit what you are shooting at as you learn how to use the equipment. IMHO
yea it's a 2 sided coin, use the electronic tech now and likely never learn the old school method? or learn the old school methods 1st then use them to back up the electronic tech, and still have the possibility of getting it done when electronics let you down. One is fast and easy the other a lot of work (don't get me wrong, there is no easy to doing long range successfully), Myself I was taught before pda, smartphones laptops tablets, windmeters. Lazer range finders where new to the civilian market and damned expensive. It is fun to pull up a firing solution on my phone dial it up, call the wind and send it, to get a ding drifting back to you, but having two separate methods at my disposal does good things for my confidence.
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.