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What is accuracy with regard to air rifles?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Ichabod Armacost, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. Ichabod Armacost

    Ichabod Armacost Donator

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    Good morning fellow shootists,

    Ballistics.........(same to you I here you cry)............Ballistics, and the science thereof greatly interest me, and getting the best out of what we are limited to shooting unlicensed here in the UK also interests me a lot. To this end I am always ferreting about on the internet looking for answers and ideas, and whilst doing that this morning, I came across this......

    http://www.airgun.co.uk/Airgun_Accurracy.html

    It's a bit of a read, but I hope you will find that it gives you food for thought? Here is a bit more to chew on...........

    http://www.airgun.co.uk/Understanding_Terminal_Ballistics_Part_1.html

    For those who like to delve deeply into these things........

    http://www.pyramydair.com/blog/tag/accuracy/page/3/

    There are 12 parts to this!!!.......................It might make your head hurt;)

    Best to all, Ichabod.
     
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    My head hurts...
     
  3. Sir Oscar

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    Mine to. And I didn't even open the links. :D
     
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    I did, and wish I didn't, just be consistent and pray your pellets are in good nick, and your rifling is correct in the barrel, point and shoot... Parts 1-12 summarised ;)
     
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    I'm asleep already!!!!
     
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    im not even going to bother Cymru-Dave summed it up good
     
  7. Ballisticboy

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    Accuracy by definition for airguns is the same as for anything else, the ability to put the first round on the target every time at all ranges under all conditions. This involves the entire system i.e. gun, pellet and shooter. The ability to make small holes with numerous pellets in a target at a fixed distance under consistant conditions is dispersion and is only a small part of accuracy.
    The articles referenced above are all well and good but they are written by people who are not professionals and who tend to make fundamental mistakes in the theory and test methods used which then bias their results and conclusions. They may have been firing guns for many years but that does not mean they know the science behind them, after all you would not expect a bus driver to know about the theory of suspension design.
    If you really want to know about external ballistics I suggest you try to get hold of a copy of "Modern Exterior Ballistics" by Bob McCoy and forget about anything you read on the internet. (except this of course) I briefly worked with Bob when he was alive and he knows what he is talking about having worked in the Ballistic Research Laboratory in Aberdeen in the USA for many years with many of the other pioneers in modern ballistics. The book above was his pet project and was actually completed by his ex work colleagues after he died before it was completed. It is expensive and somewhat complicated but much easier to read than the "Text Book of Ballistics" which covers some of the same territory.
     
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    As far as I'm concerned, an accurate air rifle is one that lands pellets in the same place under the same circumstances.
     
  9. mattyts

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    Accuracy for me is putting pellets where I want them to go and being able to do it again and again till i'm out of air or pellets :D
     
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    Accuracy is the ability to repeat the same activity and expect to get the same results repeatedly.
     
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    Oh well...........Never mind eh.:rolleyes:
     

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