Federal Goes Live with Online Ballistics Calculator

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Federal Premium has gone live with an online ballistics calculator for both Federal’s factory loads and your custom hand-loads. The calculator works for both rifle and handgun. If you make an account with Federal, the calculator can store all your custom loads. Federal explains its capabilities best:

The Ballistics Calculator lets shooters manipulate multiple variables such as temperature, elevation, wind speed, sight height and zero range. It displays results in inches, centimeters, MOA or Mils. Wind drift, vertical drop, velocity and energy can be calculated out to 2,000 yards.

The data input screen. Modify any variable to give you accurate range data.

The data input screen. Modify any variable to give you accurate range data.

 

I spent some time with it this evening and found the calculators spot-on accurate to the data from my own rifles. The muzzle velocity was slightly off, but the Federal Ballistics Calculator allows users to change their data.

If you have a mobile hotpot, you can access the calculator anywhere. The Ballistic Calculator worked well on my Android tablet using Chrome (Nexus 7, 2013), Windows 7 laptop (Chrome & FireFox), and Mac (Safari and FireFox).

The printable table results of a .223 (5.56) factory load with the Sierra Boat Tail Hollow-Point bullet. Spot-on to my own shooter's log book.

The printable table results of a .223 (5.56) factory load with the Sierra Boat Tail Hollow-Point bullet. Spot-on to my own shooter’s log book.

 

I tried to get my wife to let me borrow her iPad, but its her baby not to be sullied by talk of guns. iPad users, what are your results?

 



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Nathaniel

    Aside from the fact that it allowed me to use velocities over 4,500 ft/s (though it choked with velocities over 4,750 ft/s), it seems to be inferior for most purposes than JBM Ballistics’ calculator.

    For instance, the Federal calculator only works with G1 BCs, while you can select G1, G7, G8 or even more obscure baselines with the JBM calculator.

    While I’m sure the Federal calculator gives you fine results, and some might find it easier to use, the JBM calculator is also free and allows a lot more flexibility.

    The fact that the Federal calculator allows you to save loads is nice, though.