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Shooter's Bible Guide to Rifle Ballistics Paperback – 8 Jun 2011

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (8 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616082240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616082246
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 20.6 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been told it is the most-saved outdoor publication of alltime. You just dont throw away a Shooters Bible.


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what an iteresting book. goe's in depth on small calibre/high velocity rounds. small calibres, are always the best, as heavy calibres, such as .30cal are that bit slower, delivering a higher arc of trajectory, and a higher yaw.
smaller calibres,such as .270 are that bit more flatter in trajectory with a higher velocity, compared to the higher .30cal.
the author explains quite a bit about all this, and more. all in all a very interesting book, on ballistics.and a cracking good read. if your interestind in ballistics, then this book is for you.
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This reviewing system is very interesting and very dishonest. I wrote a one star review of this book, it is absolute garbage, more about an author big noting himself about who he knows in the industry than rifle ballistics. I now know that these reviews are rigged and the bad ones deleted.
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I bought this book because I had a sudden interest in bullet ballistics, and though this is a good informative book there are too many photographs for my liking of animal kills. Now I know in some parts of the world you can still hunt with a rifle, but to see the trophies of dead deer, bears, wild boar etc I think spoilt it to a degree.
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HASH(0x92fa1f30) out of 5 stars good but could have been great 20 Jun. 2012
By MaxM - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a decent but somewhat superficial introductory book on the fundamentals of rifle ballistics, with good rule-of thumb tips for the average hunter. 3 starts for content, 4 for scope. As a hunter, firearms instructor, professional scientist and preferentially-visual learner I found that the book often lacks in clarity or misses opportunities to drive its point home more effectively. An additional formula here and there or a diagram instead of the tons of uninformative color pictures of dead game or Dr. Van Zwoll and his rifles would have worked better for me.
One good picture is worth 1000 words they say. Here the pictures abound, but they are mainly fillers of -sometime- dubious importance. One example for all is chapter 24: the author spends way too many words describing a bullet trajectory, pointing out how usually published diagrams get it wrong etc, and then he misses the opportunity for showing a good one, therefore closing the issue forever... Also the part on the various accelerations applied to a spinning flying bullet could have been summarized quite effectively with a decent diagram and a set of vectors. The same can be said when he talks about MOI, canting, leading, wind correction etc. Too much talk, too little physics. I don't know. It's probably my fault, but it reads like any random article on the topics straight from Field & Stream, while I was expecting something else. After all Dr. Van Zwoll used to teach creative writing, not classical mechanics.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9371c24c) out of 5 stars Wrong Title It Should be Called Shooter's Bible Guide to Hunting Ammunition 15 Mar. 2013
By RJ Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book because I am very interested in ballistics. The title is misleading it should be called Shooter's Bible Guide to Hunting Ammunition. The author did not touch on rifle ballistics until chapter 19 and there on it is an entry level book. This book contains way too much historical information unrelated to ballistics. There is no information regarding bullet drop compensating reticles, ballistic calculators, the effects of exterior forces against the bullet and there is a serious lack of graphs to describe ballistics. All of the photographs in the book are of an animal he shot and the rifle that he used. If you are not interested in hunting the book will be of no use to you. If you are seriously interested in the science of ballistics I would recommend Understanding Firearm Ballistics by Robert A. Rinker and The Wind Book For Rifle Shooters by Linda K. Miller and Captain Keith Cunningham. Sorry but that's my opinion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x935fbfb4) out of 5 stars Not what the title implies and not the book to get if you are interested in ballistics. 23 Dec. 2014
By Old School - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to agree with the negative reviews here that say this book is titled incorrectly. If you want a book that goes into detail about ballistics, this isn't the one to get. Besides that, carelessness shows throughout the book in the form of typos, grammatical errors, mislabeled pictures (a picture of a double-barrel shotgun is shown for what is supposed to be an '03 Springfield!). But I can ignore that minor stuff and would if the book at least included what the title suggests but it doesn't. On top of that, I wish the author had skipped the historical stuff about rocks, bows and arrows, etc. That isn't necessary and just fills space. His explanation of caliber designations seems to reveal a determination on the author's part to hopelessly confuse the reader rather than clear things up.

I started reading the book and became bored very quickly when it seemed like it would never get to the ballistics that I was interested in. I then slowly flipped through the pages and discovered that it really doesn't cover the title subject in depth at all. Some charts are included to fill pages but there really isn't much useful information at all. About then, I realized that I simply have better things to do with my time and decided not to finish reading the book which I don't like because I like to finish anything I start but, in this case, it would clearly be a waste of my time. This book is really just a collection of very short chapters that wander off in different directions while avoiding ballistics. Also, it's primarily for hunters but I'm not sure that even they will get anything useful from this book.

I'll look for a better book on ballistics.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92fa5378) out of 5 stars Rifle Ballistics 9 May 2013
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This book is crammed full of data that is only very loosely associated with ballistics. I guess I expected too much.
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HASH(0x936da168) out of 5 stars Great book 22 Dec. 2012
By Albert W. Honaker - Published on Amazon.com
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Lot of good information, A ton of history, maybe just a little more than necessary but a good read none the less. Tons of ballistic tables which is why i purchased it to begin with. Got reference book to have around.
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