Authored by ballistics expert and worldwide hunter Philip Massaro, the book covers the minutia of interior, exterior and terminal ballistics in plain, graspable language. From ignition in the cartridge to dynamics down the bore to the bullet blasting out a target, Massaro unravels exactly what happens after the trigger is pulled. Along the way, Massaro loads marksmen and handloaders alike with the fine points of projectiles that hit the mark. Whether it’s trajectory, sight-in zero, wind deflection, spin drift or the terminal phase, shooters get a complete handle on all the environmental effects with which shooters have to contend.
This is no dusty technical manual as Massaro explores ballistics through his extensive pursuit of small, medium and dangerous game. The often dry topic comes alive as an adventure expounded in his heart-pounding true stories that make the science of ballistics as real as it gets. Add in the ample and vivid illustrations of the concepts and quick reference tables and graphs of the vital data, and the topic quickly becomes easily accessible.
Whether a new hand at shooting or a grizzled veteran marksman, the Big Book of Ballistics is certain to enhance your next trip afield, to the range or to the reloading bench. Along the way it is sure to entertain you.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Interior Ballistics Overview
Chapter 2: The Cartridge Case
Chapter 3: The Projectile
Chapter 4: The Ignition System
Chapter 5: The Barrel
Chapter 6: Exterior Ballistics Explained
Chapter 7: Factors Affecting the Bullet in Flight
Chapter 8: Gravity
Chapter 9: Ballistic Coefficient
Chapter 10: Bullet Stability & Spin Drift
Chapter 11: Density Altitude
Chapter 12: Wind Deflection
Chapter 13: Terminal Ballistics Overview
Chapter 14: The History of Terminal Ballistics
Chapter 15: Sectional Density, Penetration & Retained Weight
Chapter 16: Kinetic Energy & Killing Power
Chapter 17: Tools for Better Ballistics
Chapter 18: Choosing a Cartridge
Chapter 19: Reading the Wind
About the Author
PHILIP P. MASSARO is the founder and president of Massaro Ballistic Laboratories, which creates custom handloaded ammunition. In addition to his ballistics work, Massaro is the author of Gun Digest Shooters Guide to Reloading, Handloader’s Digest, and Understanding Ballistics: Complete Guide to Bullet Selection. He is a contributor to Cartridges of the World, 15th Edition and Gun Digest the Magazine.