Experimenter P.O. Ackley is a fun read, you will find some of his books are still in print after many years, and they’re well worth your time.
It was in hunting camp this year I decided to ask a question.. why? I guess I wanted to see what folks knew about gravity.
Here’s the question:
If you adjust the barrel of a rifle dead level, and you fire a bullet from that barrel, what information will you need to calculate the ‘flight time’ of that bullet?
assume the ground is flat… and that gravity here on earth is uniform.
Check all the information you need to calculate flight time.
- The mass of the bullet.
- The velocity of the bullet.
- Air temperature
- Distance from the barrel to the ground.
- The ballistic coefficient of the bullet
Scroll down to the bottom to add your comments, there was only one guy in hunting camp who got this right, and as I mention elsewhere, it’s normally the Farm Boys that seem to know this stuff off the cuff. Yes, it was a Green Thumb from Tri Cities who grows tomatoes, peppers, and melons when he’s not trapping and counting bugs for the Agra Business.
Ballistics is a natural curiosity for the DIYer, it’s brain food, and helps you stay focused on reality. Whether it makes you shoot better or not, I don’t pretend to know..