To produce accurate results, we all know that the atmposhere used shoulod be ICAO or Army (Standard), but we must couple the correct BC for the conditions. That is to match the BC to the conditions used.
So, does anyone know how to find the model used by the bullets manufacturers when they publish their BCs values?? In short, how do we know if they are ICAO or Army based??
Sierra uses Metro for theirs. Im not sure about the others, and im not sure they all use the same one. Lost river ballistics for instance speciffically uses a different atmospheric standard. This would make their BC's appear higher than their competitors... provided you didn't know better. You could get a .6bc out of a pistol bullet if you could do your "testing and measuring" at a high enough altitude/low air pressure.
smacks forehead repeatidly....gotta edit these before posting
Mostly army - better for advertisement as it gives higher bc.
The Army Standard Metro atmosphere, now used only in ballistics, defines sea-level conditions as 750.000 mmHg of pressure (29.5275 inHg, 99.9918 kPa), 59 °F (15 °C), and 78% humidity. (Ref: U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratory, U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground)
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You could get a .6bc out of a pistol bullet if you could do your "testing and measuring" at a high enough altitude/low air pressure.
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I don't understand this at all. When measuring the BC, the density is not part of the BC -- it is a separate term. The only question is how different are the densities and mach numbers for the two different standards. At sea level, there is about 1% difference, less than the accuracy of the measured BC.
There isn't alot of difference between the SL standards. But I believe the idea expressed with the pistol bullet related to those bullet makers who imply BC without regard to appples/apples conditions.
For example, there is nothing preventing Berger from reporting local BC obtained at 5000' and Mach3(without mention of that). We would buy their bullets assuming initially that BC was obtained under std SL conditions, and seeing what appears as an advantage. Afterall, Berger does not provide any basis that I'm aware of for their numbers. Not even mach#.
There are alot of bullets to choose from, and BC is very important at long range. Unfortunately, there isn't an independant body to report BC based on a single standard. Except that published from the gov't(.308s).
this is very interesting , but when it comes to reality you can sort through some of this fecal matter by just shooting through your chronograph at various ranges and use a good ballistic program (Sierra,xbal etc).
if you are really trying to figure out what the military is doing. J-Hole,ICAO,or the Army aint tellin you or me the truth (National Security).
spend a day or two at the range with a good Chronograph and you can have your answers.
p.s.please use an oehler (chronograph)to save un expected drama at the range.