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Explore Window

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Examine Window

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Drag Analyzer

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Graph Window

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Ammo Library

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Bullet Library

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Gives you the tools you need to easily find the best load, bullet, or sight-in range for any shooting situation.

Ballistic Explorer's rapid fire interface and comprehensive tool-set takes the drudgery out of finding the answers you're looking for in ways clunky page-at-a-time internet calculators and obsolete printed ballistics tables can't offer. Ballistic Explorer is easy to use and makes exploring the possibilities a snap as you plan your next range session or hunting trip.

Twelve reasons why customers say Ballistic Explorer is the best

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Ballistic Explorer™ is the finest exterior ballistics software on the market and the only external ballistics software you need. Whether hunting, target shooting, or competition shooting you need to know the ballistic performance of your factory ammo or handloads all the way to the target, and only full featured ballistics software can give you the answers you need.

Proven accuracy -- Anyone can claim their software is accurate, but Ballistic Explorer is proven accurate in real world conditions. If accurate real world ballistics are important to you, then you should be using Ballistic Explorer.

With Ballistic Explorer you can calculate downrange data for virtually any load and set of conditions. Problems that, just a generation ago, would have required the knowledge of an expert ballistician can easily be solved by anyone using Ballistic Explorer. Power and ease of use are the hallmark of Ballistic Explorer.

Ballistic Explorer has been on the market since 1988, and through many versions, it has evolved from the low resolution monochrome displays of that time to the sophisticated Windows® interface of today. Yet many of the fundamental features of that 1988 program are still evident in the newest version. These features have withstood the test of time because they are what users wanted then and still want today.


Features

  • Free e-mail support. The program is of the highest quality and few customers ever need support, but if you do, help is just an e-mail away.

  • Free upgrades to future versions of the program in the 6.x.x line. To check for on-line updates just click Web Update in the program's help menu.

  • Multiple Independent traces (shooting situations).

  • Advanced aerospace derived ballistics model for highest accuracy.

  • Industry standard SAAMI drag tables. Easy conversion between drag functions using either the equal drag at velocity or the equal TOF to range method. Multiple BCs can be converted to single BC values of the same or different drag function.

  • Supports custom drag functions. Over 50 Lapua Doppler radar derived custom drag functions are included with Ballistic Explorer and can be used just as if they were standard drag functions (tables). Furthermore, the free Drag Function Synthesizer gives you access to many more Doppler radar derived custom drag functions for Hornady, Berger and Sierra bullets.

  • Sight adjustment units in MOA, IPHY, IPHM, CPHM, MDot (Army), or MRad (USMC). You can also add custom units such as clicks for different scopes or iron sights. Custom units can be defined to high precision to allow for scopes that vary from factory specifications.

  • Spin Drift and Coriolis effect easily turned on or off. When off, the corresponding parameters are hidden to minimize distraction.

  • Built-in Bullet Stability and Twist Rate Calculator make it easy to insure bullets are properly stabilized for maximum accuracy. For any load or bullet not in our extensive library the Bullet Length Estimator provides lengths that are accurate to within 1/3 caliber 93 percent of the time.

  • Measurements in English, Metric, or, English with range in meters.

  • Range Scale of from 50 to 2,500 yards or meters. Every scale can be viewed in increments of 1, 5, and 10 yards or meters. Larger increments depend on the scale as shown in the chart:


  • Calculate downrange values for: velocity, energy, drop, path (trajectory), time-of-flight, momentum, wind drift, zero adjustment, and Combined Distance From Center.

  • Additional calculations include: ballistic coefficient, muzzle velocity, maximum point blank range, sight setting needed to zero a given load at a given range, the zero range of a given load using a given sight setting, and free recoil energy.

  • CDFC, drop, path, and wind drift can be displayed in inches or centimeters, or in the selected sight adjustment units such as MOA.

  • Ammo/Bullet database of over 2640 commercial loads and over 2500 commercial bullets in a unique graphical format. Each bullet has a G1 BC value and the G7 BC value is included if the manufacturer publishes it. This is a true database rather than just a sorted list. Search parameters allow you to easily find the load or bullet you want or select a broad range of loads or bullets. Every bullet in the database includes an outline drawing of the bullet and every load in the database includes an outline drawing of the case and bullet. Print preview lets you see the page before your print, or save to a PDF file.

  • The Drag Analyzer lets you visualize bullet drag versus velocity, not only for the drag function, but also for ballistic coefficient, air density, speed of sound, head and tail winds. This tool lets see through the numbers fog and understand just how standard and custom drag functions differ and how they're similar.

  • The Chart window displays the relative sight setting change that's needed to change the zero range of a given load from one distance to another distance. The data is displayed in a scrollable / sizable grid, and you can select from a number of range increments. You can also print the chart or save it either as a tab delimited text file or an Excel file. Print preview lets you see the page before your print, or save to a PDF file.

  • The Explore window gives you many quick acting slider and arrow controls that work in conjunction with rapid automatic recalculation to let you easily find answers to shooting problems no ballistics software is specifically programmed to solve. In addition, the Target tab shows your bullet's strike point and accuracy area as you change inputs and windage adjustments. Print preview lets you see the page before your print, or save to a PDF file.

  • The Examine window displays any of the downrange data for up to three loads at a time in a scrollable / sizable grid. You can select from a number of range increments, and you can even change the zeroed range while viewing the data. This unique feature allows rapid experimentation with different zeroed ranges. As with many of the program's features, this one is a tool for exploring the possibilities and gaining insights into the subject of exterior ballistics. You can print the examine data or save it either as a tab delimited text file or an Excel file. Print preview lets you see the page before your print, or save to a PDF file.

  • The Report window displays all the calculated data for a given load in a scrollable / sizable grid. You select which headings you want to display, and you can change the order of headings by dragging and dropping. You can also select from a number of range increments and how many increments you want. You can print the report or save it either as a tab delimited text file or an Excel file. Print preview lets you see the page before your print, or save to a PDF file.

  • The Graph window often gives you the best view of your data. Graph up to three loads at a time. Graph any of the downrange data either for the full selected range, first half, middle half, or last half of the range. Numerous controls and options let you produce just the right graph. There’s even a crosshair that you can position on the graph and display a digital readout of its position. Print graphs in either landscape or portrait orientation and in several sizes.

  • Printing: Select printer options from within the program. Supports color printing, customized headings, sizable margins, selectable banding, and orientation.

  • Trace data is easily saved to or loaded from disk using up to 20 characters for the name and an additional 12 characters for the category. The category makes it easy to group loads together under your own headings, such as "308 Reloads" or "Hi-Power". The data window feature of each trace provides an additional 20 parameters and a note pad for your reloading and performance data. Trace data can be printed from the Tools menu or saved as a PDF file.



Check the How To Examples section to learn more about using Ballistic Explorer.


Summary

Ballistic Explorer is the product of original research and development that began more than twenty years ago. Power and ease of use have been the hallmark of Ballistic Explorer from its early days. While competing products are still trying to get it right, the Windows® version of Ballistic Explorer builds on its fundamental features and goes further in fulfilling the wants and needs of users than any other ballistics program. Don't be fooled by imitations; Ballistic Explorer is the original and it's the best exterior ballistics software on the market.


System Requirements

Ballistic Explorer requires a PC running Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista, Windows® 7, 8, 8.1, or Windows® 10. Works on either 32 or 64 bit editions. The program needs just 8 MB of space on your hard drive. A Windows® supported printer is needed. The program is distributed as a download from this site, but you can also purchase a CD when you order.


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Last updated: November 3, 2017
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