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New Book: "Applied Ballistics for Long Range Shooting"

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Unread 06-18-2009, 04:55 PM
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New Book: "Applied Ballistics for Long Range Shooting"

I would like to announce the release of my new book: Applied Ballistics for Long Range Shooting.


As an avid shooter and student of ballistics, I’ve always wanted to write a book that explains the complex elements of ballistics in my own words. However, simply re-wording information wasn’t good enough. I wanted to make an original contribution to the shooting sports.

How many times have we heard it said that: “Someone needs to test all these bullets from the different brands so we can compare apples-to-apples”? This call for independent testing is what I set out to answer. I began the development of my procedure and equipment for testing BCs over 2 years ago, long before I became the Chief Ballistician for Berger. The method I developed to measure BCs for all 175 of the bullets in this book is accurate (repeatable) within +/- 1%, and is the same method I use to measure Berger’s BCs today.

The book is hardcover, 537 pages, and has 3 major parts:

Part 1 is a discussion of what I call “The Elements” of external ballistics. This part has an entire chapter on each of the important fundamental aspects of ballistics including: ballistic coefficient (BC), gravity drop, wind deflection, uphill/downhill shooting, gyroscopic (spin) drift, coriolis effect, ballistics programs, sights, and bullet stability.

Part 2 presents some examples of how to use the elements of ballistics to perform meaningful analysis for various applications including: target shooting (prone, F-class and Benchrest), tactical shooting, and long range hunting.

Part 3 presents my original contribution to the shooting sports: ballistic test data (drag and BCs) for over 175 long range bullets from .22 to .338 caliber from all major brands.

Applied Ballistics for Long Range shooting
comes with a CD containing a modern ballistics program. Chapter 5 presents an experiment where the program is used with G7 BCs to predict trajectories that match actual drop to within 1” at 1000 yards for two different calibers.

The books are currently being printed, and will be available to deliver by July 1st. I’m now taking pre-orders on my website: Book

Thank you for your interest,
-Bryan

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    Unread 06-19-2009, 09:27 AM
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    Re: New Book: "Applied Ballistics for Long Range Shooting"

    Excellent. Is your ballistics program Palm compatable or capable of use on a PDA?

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    Re: New Book: "Applied Ballistics for Long Range Shooting"

    Bryan,

    Congrats on the book, that is a big undertaking and you should be proud of your accomplishment.

    Can you post a list of the projectiles that you cover in detail in the book?

    Thanks,
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    Re: New Book: "Applied Ballistics for Long Range Shooting"

    Well, you can put me down for one. Hopefully I can understand what your writing.
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    Re: New Book: "Applied Ballistics for Long Range Shooting"

    Jeff,
    No, the program is for PC only.
    I have to say the program is pretty bare bones. There are two reasons for this;
    1. My programming ability is novice for the moment, and I frankly lack the ability to code sophisticated features and graphics (but I'm working on it).
    2. I wanted the program to be 'minimal' so that the focus remained on the fundamentals; the things that actually affect the trajectory. There is certainly a place for software that marries ballistics with sights, but my intent was to focus on generating accurate ballistics only.

    AJ,
    Here is a list of the projectiles:
    (ignore the last number, it's the page number)

    .224 Caliber (5.56 mm) 331
    Berger .224 cal 70 grain VLD 332
    Berger .224 cal 73 grain BT 333
    Berger .224 cal 75 grain VLD 334
    Berger .224 cal 77 grain BT 335
    Berger .224 cal 80 grain VLD 336
    Berger .224 cal 82 grain BT 337
    Berger .224 cal 90 grain VLD 338
    Berger .224 cal 90 grain BT 339
    Sierra .224 cal 52 grain MatchKing 340
    Sierra .224 cal 55 grain FMJ 341
    Sierra .224 cal 69 grain MatchKing 342
    Sierra .224 cal 77 grain MatchKing 343
    Sierra .224 cal 80 grain MatchKing 344
    Sierra .224 cal 90 grain MatchKing 345
    Nosler .224 cal 52 grain CC 346
    Nosler .224 cal 55 grain Ballistic Tip 347
    Nosler .224 cal 77 grain CC 348
    Hornady .224 cal 40 grain Vmax 349
    Hornady .224 cal 50 grain Vmax 350
    Hornady .224 cal 55 grain Vmax 351
    Hornady .224 cal 52 grain Amax 352
    Hornady .224 cal 75 grain Amax 353
    Hornady .224 cal 80 grain Amax 354
    Hornady .224 cal 68 grain BTHP 355
    Lapua .224 caliber 69 grain Scenar 356
    DRT .224 caliber 79 grain Frangible 357

    .243 Caliber (6mm) 359
    Berger .243 cal 90 grain BT 360
    Berger .243 cal 95 grain VLD 361
    Berger .243 cal 100 grain BT 362
    Berger .243 cal 105 grain BT 363
    Berger .243 cal 105 grain VLD 364
    Berger .243 cal 108 grain BT 365
    Berger .243 cal 115 grain VLD 366
    Sierra .243 cal 70 grain MatchKing 367
    Sierra .243 cal 80 grain Blitz 368
    Sierra .243 cal 95 grain MatchKing 369
    Sierra .243 cal 107 grain MatchKing 370
    DTAC .243 caliber 115 grain BTHP 371
    DTAC .243 caliber 117 grain 372
    Nosler .243 cal 70 grain Ballistic Tip 373
    Nosler .243 cal 80 grain Ballistic Tip 374
    Nosler .243 cal 95 grain Partition 375
    Hornady .243 caliber 58 grain Vmax 376
    Hornady .243 caliber 65 grain Vmax 377
    Hornady .243 caliber 75 grain Vmax 378
    Hornady .243 caliber 87 grain Vmax 379
    Hornady .243 caliber 85 grain Interbond 380
    Hornady .243 caliber 87 grain BTHP 381
    Hornady .243 caliber 100 grain BTSP 382
    Hornady .243 caliber 105 grain Amax 383
    Lapua .243 caliber 90 grain FMJBT 384
    Lapua .243 caliber 90 grain Scenar 385
    Lapua .243 caliber 105 grain Scenar 386
    JLK .243 caliber 105 grain VLD 387

    25 Caliber (.257 diameter) 389
    Berger 25 caliber 115 grain VLD 390
    Sierra 25 caliber 100 grain Match King 391
    Sierra 25 caliber 117 grain Pro Hunter 392
    Nosler 25 caliber 115 grain Ballistic Tip 393
    Hornady 25 caliber 87 grain Spitzer 394
    Hornady 25 caliber 110 grain Interbond 395
    Hornady 25 caliber 117 grain SST 396
    Barnes 25 caliber 115 grain TTSX FB 397

    .264 Caliber (6.5mm) 399
    Berger .264 caliber 120 grain BT 400
    Berger .264 caliber 130 grain VLD 401
    Berger .264 caliber 140 grain VLD 402
    Berger .264 caliber 140 grain short BT 403
    Berger .264 caliber 140 grain Long Range BT 404
    Berger .264 caliber 140 grain BT 405
    Sierra .264 caliber 120 grain Pro Hunter 406
    Sierra .264 caliber 107 grain MatchKing 407
    Sierra .264 caliber 123 grain MatchKing 408
    Sierra .264 caliber 142 grain MatchKing 409
    Nosler .264 caliber 120 grain Ballistic Tip 410
    Nosler .264 cal 140 grain Custom Competition 411
    Hornady .264 caliber 95 grain Vmax 412
    Hornady .264 caliber 129 grain SST 413
    Hornady .264 caliber 140 grain Amax 414
    Lapua .264 caliber 108 grain Scenar 415
    Lapua .264 caliber 139 grain Scenar 416
    Lapua .264 caliber 144 grain FMJBT 417
    JLK .264 caliber 140 grain VLD 418
    .264 caliber 136 grain Hoover 419

    .270 Caliber (.277) 421
    Berger 270 caliber 130 grain VLD 422
    Berger 270 caliber 140 grain VLD 423
    Berger 270 caliber 150 grain VLD 424
    Sierra 270 caliber 115 grain MatchKing 425
    Sierra 270 caliber 135 grain MatchKing 426
    Sierra 270 caliber 150 grain Game King 427
    Nosler 270 caliber 140 grain Ballistic Tip 428
    Nosler 270 caliber 140 grain Nosler Partition 429
    Hornady 270 caliber 110 grain Vmax 430
    Hornady 270 caliber 130 grain Interbond 431
    Hornady 270 caliber 140 grain BTSP Interlock 432
    Hornady 270 caliber 150 grain SP Interlock 433

    .284 Caliber (7mm) 435
    Berger .284 caliber 168 grain VLD 436
    Berger .284 caliber 180 grain VLD 437
    Berger .284 caliber 180 grain BT 438
    Sierra .284 caliber 150 grain Game King 439
    Sierra .284 caliber 175 grain Game King 440
    Sierra .284 caliber 168 grain MatchKing 441
    Sierra .284 caliber 175 grain MatchKing 442
    Nosler .284 caliber 120 grain Ballistic Tip 443
    Nosler .284 caliber 150 grain Ballistic Tip 444
    Nosler .284 caliber 150 grain Partition 445
    Nosler .284 caliber 175 grain Partition 446
    Hornady .284 caliber 120 grain Vmax 447
    Hornady .284 caliber 139 grain SP Interlock 448
    Hornady .284 caliber 139 grain BTSP Interlock 449
    Hornady .284 caliber 154 grain SP Interlock 450
    Hornady .284 caliber 154 grain SST 451
    Hornady .284 caliber 162 grain Amax 452
    Hornady .284 caliber 175 Interlock 453
    JLK .284 caliber 180 grain BTHP 454
    Barnes .284 caliber 175 TSX 455

    .308 Caliber (7.62mm) 457
    Berger .308 caliber 155 grain BT 458
    Berger .308 caliber 155 grain VLD 459
    Berger 155.5 grain BT FULLBORE 460
    Berger .308 caliber 168 grain BT 461
    Berger .308 caliber 168 grain VLD 462
    Berger .308 caliber 175 grain Long Range BT 463
    Berger .308 caliber 175 grain VLD 464
    Berger .308 caliber 185 grain VLD 465
    Berger .308 caliber 185 grain Long Range BT 466
    Berger .308 caliber 190 grain VLD 467
    Berger .308 caliber 210 grain VLD 468
    Berger .308 caliber 210 grain Long Range BT 469
    Sierra .308 caliber 155 grain Palma (2155) 470
    Sierra .308 caliber 155 grain Palma (2156) 471
    Sierra .308 caliber 168 grain MatchKing 472
    Sierra .308 caliber 175 grain MatchKing 473
    Sierra .308 caliber 180 grain MatchKing 474
    Sierra .308 caliber 190 grain MatchKing 475
    Sierra .308 caliber 200 grain MatchKing 476
    Sierra .308 caliber 210 grain MatchKing 477
    Sierra .308 caliber 220 grain MatchKing 478
    Sierra .308 caliber 240 grain MatchKing 479
    Sierra .308 caliber 165 grain Game King 480
    Sierra .308 caliber 180 grain Game King 481
    Sierra .308 caliber 200 grain Game King 482
    Nosler .308 caliber 125 grain Ballistic Tip 483
    Nosler .308 caliber 150 grain Ballistic Tip 484
    Nosler .308 caliber 165 grain Ballistic Tip 485
    Nosler .308 caliber 180 grain Ballistic Tip 486
    Nosler .308 cal 168 grain Custom Competition 487
    Nosler .308 caliber 165 grain Partition 488
    Nosler .308 caliber 180 grain Partition 489
    Nosler .308 caliber 200 grain Partition 490
    Nosler .308 caliber 165 grain Accubond 491
    Nosler .308 caliber 180 grain Accubond 492
    Hornady .308 caliber 155 grain Amax 493
    Hornady .308 caliber 168 grain Amax 494
    Hornady .308 caliber 178 grain Amax 495
    Hornady .308 caliber 208 grain Amax 496
    Hornady .308 caliber 150 grain SST 497
    Hornady .308 caliber 165 grain SST 498
    Hornady .308 caliber 150 grain BTSP 499
    Hornady .308 caliber 190 grain BTSP 500
    Hornady .308 caliber 168 grain HPBT 501
    Lapua .308 caliber 155 grain Scenar 502
    Lapua .308 caliber 167 grain Scenar 503
    Lapua .308 caliber 185 grain Scenar 504
    Lapua .308 caliber 185 grain FMJBT (D46) 505
    Lapua .308 caliber 200 grain FMJBT 506
    Barnes .308 caliber 168 grain TSX BT 507
    Barnes .308 caliber 168 grain TTSX BT 508
    Barnes .308 caliber 180 grain TSX BT 509
    .308 caliber 155 grain HBC (Australia) 510
    PMP .308 caliber 155 grain HPBT (South Africa) 511
    DRT .308 caliber 175 grain Frangible 512
    DRT .308 caliber 200 grain Frangible 513

    .338 Caliber 515
    Sierra 338 caliber 250 grain Match King 516
    Sierra 338 caliber 300 grain Match King 517
    Sierra 338 caliber 250 grain Game King 518
    Hornady 338 caliber 225 grain SST 519
    Hornady 338 caliber 250 grain BTHP Match 520
    Barnes 338 caliber 225 grain TTSX BT 521


    jMason,
    You shouldn't have a problem understanding it. I tried very hard to convey the ideas in plain language, violating known and unknown rules of grammar that would have my english teachers steaming! It's usually easier to communicate complex ideas with conversational language, not bound by the rules of grammar.

    -Bryan
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    Re: New Book: "Applied Ballistics for Long Range Shooting"

    Looks like a book I need. What r they going for?
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    Re: New Book: "Applied Ballistics for Long Range Shooting"

    $39.95 + shipping
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