Welcome to Optics Trade debates. In each episode, we talk about a different topic and try to answer the most common questions we receive about it. Today, we are going to talk about ballistic software.
Ballistic software is a term often associated with laser rangefinding devices. Only a few devices on the market feature a ballistic software.
On devices that feature ballistic software, the users can input their ballistic data and the device will give the number of clicks that are needed to compensate for the distance.
The software needs to know the ballistic curve of the rifle so that it can calculate the correct amount of clicks needed.
There are currently only two laser rangefinding series that feature ballistic software. One of these is the Leica Geovid HD-B Binoculars series and the other product line is the Zeiss Victory RF Binoculars. The ballistic curve is inputted with a Micro SD card with Leica products and with a mobile phone with Zeiss products.
Other options on the market feature only equivalent horizontal range (EHR), which does not take into account the ballistics of the rifle. It only calculates on the basis of the line of sight and the aiming angle. This is enough in most cases but it is most likely that in the future all range finding devices will feature a ballistic software.
The software is very practical for hunts that take place in an unfamiliar environment, which is at a different elevation and/or in another part of the world. It also takes into account air pressure and the altitude.
Devices that include a ballistic software come at a premium, and cost 400 € more than their optical equivalents that don’t.
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Explanation of the term on our website:
The ballistic software is usually a feature of more expensive and better quality optical devices with a laser rangefinder. The better the ballistic calculator, the more data will be considered and used when calculating the drop of the bullet. The most important data for calculating the bullet drop is temperature, humidity, air pressure, altitude, and slope angle. Some very expensive rangefinders measure even the direction of shooting, should this be to the north, south, east or west.
LRF Binoculars: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/binoculars/range-finding-binoculars.html
Laser rangefinders: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/rangefinders.html