The Magnus Effect and Shooting


We’ve probably all heard the regular talk about bullet tumble, the Coriolis Effect, rifling twist rates, etc., but seldom is the Magnus Effect brought up. Partly because rifle bullets are guided by lateral rotation during their journey, thus eliminating much of the propensity to tumble over standard distances. But over longer periods, there is more room for rotational force to have an overwhelming effect on a given projectile – due to many variable factors – as the video demonstrates. Some of these variables include crosswinds, which may make a projectile wobble based on the amount of drag that a particular area of the bullet has, increasing the tumble potential. And as shown here, a crosswind can have a tremendous effect when the projectile “climbs” the draft. We saw this video a couple of years ago and thought it worth sharing again. Enjoy!