March 19th, 2007

Rocket Scientist Explains Ballistics

Most shooters have some understanding of basic ballistics principles. But you may be surprised by how much more there is to learn. Bryan Litz, a missile design engineer for the U.S. Air Force, explores some of the more fascinating (and esoteric) issues of bullet ballistics on his Long Range Shooting web page. Topics include Bullet Design, Ballistic Coefficient Testing, Gyroscopic and Coreolis Drift, and the effects of Meplat Trimming. We hope to collaborate with Bryan on future articles concerning bullet design and ballistics. It’s not often, after all, that a dedicated shooter is also a bonafied rocket scientist. You’ll enjoy Bryan’s site–we suggest the article on Meplat Trimming for starters.

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March 19th, 2007

New 6-24×50 Nikon Coming Soon

We’re excited about the release of the NEW Nikon 6-24×50 Monarch later this spring (Release date early June). Initial reports from Shot Show 2007 were very positive. It has a 1″ tube, limiting its range of elevation compared to the Leupold 8.5-25×50 LRT, but otherwise this Nikon could be a real rival to the Leupold. Priced at $629.95 from The Optic Zone (Nikoplex Reticle), the new Monarch is over $200.00 less expensive than Leupold’s 8.5-25 LRT. (Target Dot, Fine CrossHair, and Bullet Drop Compensating reticles add $20.00 to the price.) We think this could prove a great scope for long-range varminters and F-Class shooters on a budget. Just use an angled scope rail or Burris Signature Rings with inserts to add extra elevation as needed.

Nikon Monarch 6-24x50

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