Any good ballistic physics books?


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Ragnar Danneskjold
January 29, 2013, 08:48 AM
I'm interested in learning more about the physics and mechanics behind ballistics and firearms. Things like ballistic coefficients, bullet shape, how spin rates effect flights. Also the theory and mechanical side of long range shooting, the Coriolis effect, effects of wind, temperature, humidity, etc on bullet flights etc. I know I can just Google a lot of the basic physics and assorted topics individually, but I'm wondering if there are any good books published that are just about firearms and ballistic physics and mechanics that would talk about these kind of things in one place, and from the firearm perspective. Anyone have any suggestion?

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RyeDaddy
January 29, 2013, 09:53 AM
Applied Ballistics for long range shooting by Bryan Litz is a good read. I found it to be very much worth the $50 I paid for it.

481
January 29, 2013, 11:48 AM
Modern Exterior Ballistics by Robert L McCoy

Available here-

http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Exterior-Ballistics-Robert-McCoy/dp/0764338250/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359477652&sr=1-5&keywords=exterior+ballistics

It is a very good, albeit fairly technical, treatment of the subject and covers all of the subjects that you mention.

Ragnar Danneskjold
January 29, 2013, 11:50 AM
Thank you both. That is exactly what I'm looking for.

Navy_Guns
January 29, 2013, 02:17 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Firearm-Ballistics-Robert-Rinker/dp/0964559854/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359486992&sr=1-1&keywords=ballistics+Rinker

"Understanding Firearm Ballistics" by Robert Rinker. I got mine at the NRA museum but you can get them on Amazon for $18. A wealth of good information!

JohnBT
January 29, 2013, 04:57 PM
www.amazon.com/Rifle-Accuracy-Facts-Harold-Vaughn/dp/1931220077

Be forewarned, the man's day job was as a real rocket scientist. He spent his career - after being a pilot in WWII - studying trajectories of nuclear missles and artillery shells. He worked at Sandia National Labs.

He was interested in rifle accuracy and performed empirical testing and extensive statistical analysis, etc.

M-Cameron
January 29, 2013, 04:59 PM
'Understanding Firearms Ballistics' is a pretty good book..

http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Firearm-Ballistics-Robert-Rinker/dp/0964559854/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359496684&sr=1-1&keywords=understanding+firearm+ballistics

it can get a little overly technical at times, but i suppose thats not a bad thing.

jr_watkins
January 29, 2013, 05:04 PM
+1 for "Understanding Firearm Ballistics"

hovercat
January 29, 2013, 07:49 PM
'Everyday Ballistics by Charles Cummings

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