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  • Ballistic has many different settings including full metric support. Tap on Apple’s “Settings” icon, then scroll down. You should see Ballistic near the bottom. Tap on it to bring up the application’s settings.
  • Ballistic has three ballistics libraries: a projectile library, a loads library, and a custom library. Advanced and iPad editions also include Litz library. The projectiles library (and Litz library) is based on bullet diameter – not caliber, so remember that .223/5.56 projectiles are actually .224, .50 BMG is actually .51, and so on. Labels have been added to provide hints to popular bullet calibers, as shown in the screenshots. The loads library is based on caliber, and so you’ll want to select the exact type of ammunition for your rifle. You’ll find metric loads near the bottom. The library fills in the fields for ballistic coefficient(s), bullet weight, diameter, drag function, and (loads only) muzzle velocity. If you’re using the projectiles library, you’ll need to supply the correct muzzle velocity corresponding to your ammunition. This is commonly found on the box or on the manufacturer’s website or your reloading manual. Even though this information is provided for you, it’s still a good idea to verify the data in the library with the information from the manufacturer. Please email us if there are any errors in either library (include the correct info and cite the source).
  • In the range log, double-tap the target to slide it to the bottom of the screen, increasing the size of the impact table. Tap the Target button to change the target. Double tap on an impact marker (the bullet hole) to toggle it between standard (black) and cold barrel (blue). Tap on an impact record in the impact table to bring up an action sheet with options. It’s a good idea to record your cold barrel shots, so that you can run a cold barrel report at some point to get an idea of how your rifle shoots cold.
  • In the range log, double-tap the target to slide it to the bottom of the screen, increasing the size of the impact table. Tap the Target button to change the target. Double tap on an impact marker (the bullet hole) to toggle it between standard (black) and cold barrel (blue). Tap on an impact record in the impact table to bring up an action sheet with options. It’s a good idea to record your cold barrel shots, so that you can run a cold barrel report at some point to get an idea of how your rifle shoots cold.
  • Wind angles work like this: 0° = headwind, 90° = crosswind (left to right), -90° = crosswind (right to left). You can use any angle, of course, not just these. You can also enter input in O’Clock format; e.g. 3:00 will automatically translate to 90°. Velocity will automatically be adjusted to account for the appropriate headwind calculation. To use O’Clock format in the HUD, set the windage dial format in Settings. The default wind input value is the wind direction (e.g. which way the wind is blowing). You can change this to wind origin in settings, if that’s what you’re used to.
  • Snap a screenshot of your Target Data card by pressing Home + Power together, then import it using the Image Capture Utility. To save a ballistics chart to your photo album, press Options followed by Save Chart. You can then use Apple’s Image Capture Utility to import your photo library onto your Mac.
  • If you are zeroed in yards, but want distances in meters (or vice-versa), create a favorite containing your zero in the units you originally used. Switch over to the units you want your distance measured in by changing the global “Distance Units” setting. When you load back the favorite, your zero range will be automatically converted (e.g. 300 yards zero = 274.32 meters), and your output will be set for whatever unit of measurement you’re currently using.
  • The “Desired Accuracy” GPS setting allows you to set the level of accuracy you’re willing to settle for. As Core Location attempts to get a fix, its increasing level of accuracy will be reported back to the application. The higher you set the desired accuracy, the longer it will take for Core Location to get the fix you want. If the GPS can’t give you the desired accuracy within the timeout period you specify, Ballistic will use the best fix it could obtain. This is only particularly important when calculating altitude, as your geographical coordinates only need to get you to the nearest weather observation. We currently have the settings tuned as follows: Best – Altitude within 30 meters, Good – Altitude within 150 meters, Fair – Altitude within 300 meters.
  • If you previously used the One-Touch Range Notes to fill in your current location, you can tap the “Location” cell to launch the Maps application with the current coordinates filled in. This is useful for finding that same hunting spot again. It also works if you just type in the location as an address or other place that Maps can identify, but using the one-touch feature will give you exact coordinates.
  • You can turn the “Wind Drift Chart” into a “Spin Drift Chart”. Do this by setting the wind speed to zero, then load your favorites for comparison.
  • When entering Density / Mach data, you may enter the temperature in the Mach field and Ballistic will automatically calculate the speed of sound at this temperature.
  • The yellow band in the trajectory output indicates the sound barrier; it’s where your bullet falls from supersonic into subsonic. This is typically where your bullet can begin to tumble.
  • The red arrows indicate your point blank range, based on your vital zone radius. For your current zero, you can shoot within these ranges and be +/- your radius without any scope adjustments.