Know Your Ballistics

    You need to know that your rifle is firing where you expect it to. If you are confident in the integrity of your weapon, then you will not be second-guessing what went wrong if you miss an easy shot. You'll know you just screwed up. You need to know the exterior ballistics of your gun for the load you are shooting if you expect to shoot deer at long distances.


    I have my ballistics memorized out to 500 yards. My .270 Weatherby Magnum is sighted-in at 2.4 inches high at 100 yards. At 175 yards the bullet is 3.5 inches high, and at 350 yards, 3.5 inches low. This means that with a defined kill zone of 7 inches, from 0 to 350 yards, all I have to do is aim the gun at the vital zone, and squeeze the trigger. Now that my Weatherby is broken-in, the baliistics have actually improved over this factory test firing.