The last time I reviewed Applied Ballistics I took a look at their mobile ballistic calculator. Applied Ballistics has another app I would like the review today. The Applied Ballistics Toolbox. It offers additional content that can be very useful when used with the Applied Ballistics mobile app or any ballistic software.
So what does the Applied Ballistics Tool Box offer that the Ballistic Calculator doesn’t? Here is the product features taken from Applied Ballistics:Applied Ballistics Tool Box
Applied Ballistics Toolbox: Spin Doctor
As an administrator on the Long Range Shooting group we see a lot of frequent questions. One of them that rates a little higher than the others is can I shoot “x” bullet out of my rifle. There are many factors that can influence this answer. The bullet weight, length, velocity, and the twist rate of the barrel to name a few. Bullet stability is a very important factor as long-range shooting enthusiasts.
Our bullets will face a lot of external factors once it leaves the barrel. We have to contend with gravity and wind so ensuring the bullet exits the barrel on a stable flight path is very important. The Spin Doctor tool allows you to ensure that the bullet you intend to fire through your rifle will be the correct choice. The Toolbox has a list of preloaded bullets. The data contains everything needed except your velocity and rifle twist rate. Here are a few shots of the Spin Doctor:
In the case of my rifle I can shoot a 175 GR Sierra SMK and have a stability factor that is good to go. As it notes above having a marginal stability factor can negatively impact you. If your bullet is less than ideally stable you will not utilize the BC fully.
Applied Ballistics Toolbox: Density Altitude
Density Altitude is another important factor in shooting. As our density altitude increases so does the performance of our bullets. Your bullet will fly with less drop and wind drift in higher density altitude bands. Having the correct DA information that corresponds correctly to the area you are shooting in ensures you have the correct data needed to make a first round shot.
So how do we find out our density altitude? Here are two formula options:
I think we can all agree that even the simplified formula is fairly complex. So what information do we need to bypass the complex formulas when using the Applied Ballistics Toolbox? You will have to provide the temperature, barometric or station pressure, altitude, and humidity. The Density Altitude Calculator looks like this:
Inputting the temperature, barometric pressure, altitude, and humidity from my current location gives me a DA of 0.
Applied Ballistics toolbox: sight scale factor
Knowing that our equipment is performing correctly is imperative to making shots at extended distances. The most important piece of equipment we have is our scope. Ensuring that our turrets are working correctly can be the difference between making long-range shots or ending the day frustrated. The sight scale factor works off our zeroed optic. The required information is the range you are shooting at, the adjustments you dialed in, and the measured poi shift from your zero shot.
In the example below I used a range of 100 yards, an adjustment of 5 Mils, and a poi shit of 18 inches. This is the data it then gives me on my scopes tracking:
As you can see in this case my scope turrets are only off by .005 inches at 100 yards. This means that my scope turrets are tracking their adjustments properly.
Applied BALLISTICS TOOLBOX: Mil Ranging
I recently covered using your MOA or MIL reticle to range unknown distance targets. While the formulas are not overly complex there is an easier solution. All we need is the target size and the Mils/MOA estimate. You can use inches or centimeters, mil or moa, and get your range to target in either yards ir meters. The Mil ranging feature also has a list of animals and their measurements hand should you be hunting. The Mil Ranging calculator looks like this:
Applied Ballistics Toolbox: slope dope
Our look angle to target can change the ballistics solution necessary to make the shot. The Slope Dope calculator one requires 2 pieces of information to ensure your adjustments get you on target. You can input in Mils or MOA for a level target at the range you are shooting and your look angle to the target. By Inputting this information it will give you the adjusted correction to dial in for drop. It looks like this:
Applied Ballistics Toolbox: Chrono-correction
The final offering in the Applied Ballistics Toolbox is the Chrono-correction feature. If you are using a chronograph that requires distance from the barrel you are not getting a true muzzle velocity. The Chrono-Correction feature takes the velocity at the chronograph, the distance between your muzzle and the chronograph, and the BC of the bullet to find how much velocity is lost in flight o give you a true muzzle velocity. It looks like this:
The Applied Ballistics Toolbox makes for a useful partner to any app on the market. It gives the end-user the ability to use the app for reloading, data collection, or in the field or on the firing line. Having all the features in one easy to use application only simplifies the process of getting information. I would recommend the Applied Ballistics Toolbox to both novice and experienced shooters a like. It can help pick out a box of ammo for the new rifle you picked up as well as to ensure you are getting the most out of your rifle when reloading. It also simplifies the math behind ranging targets and finding your DA.