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After the bullet leaves the Barrel

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    Posted: 19 June 2020 at 16:59
There are many differing thought on what happens to your bullet after it leaves the barrel.
This is my take with absolutely no scientific information to back it up...
SO many thing going on some I can't even think of.
Spin of the bullet Spin of the earth air density, wind, rain, speed , drop.Dang my head hurts.
Anyway some things I believe in.
Once the bullet leaves it starts to drop and slow down.
It starts to feel the wind affect.
I have herd some people think the reason the bullet is shooting High at like 50 yards is because the bullet is still exhilarating . Nope it's because your pointing UP. If the wind is blowing to your left you have to shoot to the right, only partly right,Angle of the wind and if the wind is the same all the way out to the target. I have looked through my scope and see the grass moving in many different directions. That's a trigger time thing to learn. At a certain point the bullet simply falls out of the air, Nope when gravity pulls it down is when if hits the dirt. I here if you drop a bullet at the gun as you fire the same bullet they will hit the same time, the faster it is going the farther it goes before it hits. Here is one that is a hot debate.
Shooting up hill, shooting down hill.
This is my take. You shoot the same, it's the distance that changes on the angle of the bullet. It's just closer to a target that is say 300 yards flat put the same target at 300 yards but up a 45% slope and it is only let say 250 yards to the bullet and gravity. Same down hill.
If I shoot the 6mm at 4200 fps there is little difference in aim point.
The 45/70 or 22 long rifle is another story the drop at even 50 yards is noticeable so you have to aim accordingly. You can check my theory on that with a range finder and a tall tree. Range the trunk straight in front of you, If your finder adjust for angle then range the top. It should say the same number, try it.
Any thoughts? It really does make my head hurt.


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The way I made it make sense to me with the high at 50 thing is.
You have to be actually aiming higher than zero at the muzzle to be zeroed at 100 yards. Like you said, The bullet starts to drop as soon as it leaves the barrel. 

If you exagerate the angle to 90* (straight up) when the bullet leaves the barrel it will be rising in relation to the scope. Since you are looking straight up and your barrel is pointing at say 91* the bullet will rise above the line of sight and keep rising. 

The same goes for shooting down hill. 

This might not make sense to anyone else in the world but me but that's how I made myself remember to aim low when shooting up or down hill. 

If you would really like to hear how confusing I can be I'll tell you my theory about why seating depth changes accuracy. When I asked Ken Howell (the famous ballistition) about it he said "You think too much"

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Irish Bird Dog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 June 2020 at 21:31
wow...just "listening " to both u guys on this subject makes MY head hurt. HOWEVER U R BOTH RIGHT ON TARGET with yer thinking.
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