Intersesting thread! I do not have the experience many of you have but this is what I have found so far.
I have Exbal, Mobal and Loadbase 3.0. Exbal is hands down easier for me to use. I like everything about it except its inability to use G7's.
I have Mobal but must admit I have only used it once. My smith in Montana is using Mobal and swears by it. He is doing some pretty amazing things at extreme distances using Mobal and customizing his G7 for the 300SMK and Berger Hybrids.
Used Loadbase for the 1st time in the field yesterday. I have been on the phone with a guy from this sight for hours going over Loadbase before hitting range.
Loadbase worked perfectly for me all morning out to 535 yards. I moved my AR500 target out to 730 yards (This is where my ATV decided to stop
). I ranged my target and input the range into LB. LB gave me a firing solution of 11.5 moa up. This is with a 300 yard zero. I knew this seemed like a bit much but I shot anyway. I was way high as I expected it to be.
I double and triple checked my data and it came out the same! Hmmm, I am sure it is something I am doing wrong but I had already used LB for my 300yd and 535yd target and they were scary accurate. At 730 yards something was amiss, probably me.
In my mind I had no choice but to try Exbal. I loaded my data in Exbal and I think it gave me a fire solution of 8.5 up. I connected 5 of 5 times at 730 yards.
I know that I had to do something wrong with LB but have not figured it out yet. I will try and figure it out today. All I know is that if I were in an actual hunting senario and would have taken a shot at a live animal at 730 yards...I would have missed completely or maybe wounded an animal.
Guess what I am saying is LB might be a little post graduate for me at this time. Exbal is so easy, even a caveman like me can use it and get the job done!
I have not given up on LB. I think it is a great tool but I have my 1st hunt of the year on the 20th of this month. It has taken me 13 years to draw this tag. I will use whatever program works the best for me as I draw closer to the hunt. Right now Exbal is in the lead