Truing your ballistic data is something everybody should be doing regardless of skill or experience level. The practice of truing your ballistic data is a fundamental necessity if you want to have accurate adjustments and drop charts for long distance shooting. What we are talking about is taking the data that is output by a ballistic solver or computer and tweaking it to match what we see in real life. You should never just generate a drop chart and assume it will be correct. There are too many variables in play here. You need to generate a drop chart and then check its accuracy with live fire. Then you need to adjust the chart to match what you are seeing in the real world.
When it comes to cleaning a precision rifle, unfortunately, the trend seems to be that people get way more carried away with it than is actually necessary. This movement can probably trace it roots to the military, where weapons are continually broken down after every firing session, cleaned to a spotless state, and reassembled for use. There’s nothing wrong with that and I’m not going to fault our Armed Services for teaching our troops to keep their weapons clean. However, we’re talking about two different things here. High rate and volume of fire with a less accurate weapon system versus low rate of fire and volume on a highly accurate weapons platform.
In this post we are going to discuss a little about ballistics and cartridge performance. Specifically if you are planning to purchase a rifle or have one built, what kind of ballistics and cartridge performance can you expect given the different variables that influence those two factors. Things like barrel length, caliber, and the ammunition used can all influence the ballistics and cartridge performance of a particular rifle. If you put some thought and planning into what features are the most important you can better plan your purchase or build so that it gives you what you want and performs to your expectations.
When discussing whether to use a rear bag or a monopod in precision rifle shooting it feels almost like the Ford vs Chevy debate. I’m going to say right now that this is really a personal preference thing so the shooter should pick the option they prefer. Having said that this post will discuss some of the strengths and weaknesses of each option in hopes of educating new shooters about the options. There are excellent products available in both categories and we’ll toss in some experiences with the products we’ve used so far. If you aren’t sure which you like better I would encourage you to try and find somebody with the bag or monopod you are considering and see if they will let you fire a few rounds off of it to help you decide!
As we publish articles in our series on Precision Reloading we’re going to attempt to do them in a logical order that mirrors the precision reloading process. For that reason the first article that delves into the precision reloading process itself, after defining what it is in the first article, is going to be on the subject of cleaning brass. That might seem strange, but there’s a reason for it. You want to start your precision reloading process with some sort of cleanup of your fired cases. That way as you lube them and run them through sizing dies you aren’t forcing dirt and small pieces of stone and other gunk up into the dies. You want to keep the dies clean and free of burrs or gouges on the interior.