.357 magnum range


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P99waltherP99
June 21, 2006, 06:59 PM
i am curious, if you shoot a .357 magnum at 45 degrees, how far will the bullet travel. I want to know the maximum range not maximum effective range. I say a mile and my friend says 2

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rdbrowning
June 21, 2006, 07:41 PM
Sierra balastics says that maximum range will be achieved with an incline of 30 degrees if you are shooting a 158gr soft point at 1235FPS. The range will be about 1955 yards, so you were pretty close.

P99waltherP99
June 21, 2006, 08:02 PM
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Posts: 165 Sierra balastics says that maximum range will be achieved with an incline of 30 degrees if you are shooting a 158gr soft point at 1235FPS. The range will be about 1955 yards, so you were pretty close.

Theoretically, can a hit at that distance be fatal or be effective at all? Or would the bullet lack the energy to do any real harm.

Dionysusigma
June 21, 2006, 08:10 PM
Lateral velocity, maybe. Not sure about the terminal velocity of a bullet, though. At some point, the bullet begins slowing down (noticeably... Wind resistance starts in the barrel), and for a bullet with a lower ballistic coefficient, it happens a lot quicker.

I wouldn't want to stand in front of it, regardless. :uhoh:

Omnivore
June 21, 2006, 10:03 PM
Try;
modernballistics.com

Its an extremely useful program for answering a lot of different "what ifs". You just need to know your MV and BC, but there are several cartridge loadings already in a database. It's one of the most versatile exterior ballistics programs around, designed to be used in the field as well as in the studio at home. Though it will take you some time playing with it, you'll enjoy it.

One thing you learn fast; At longer ranges, BC matters a lot.

P99waltherP99
June 21, 2006, 11:04 PM
lol i am going to sound stupid but what is MV and BC?

45Badger
June 21, 2006, 11:08 PM
muzzle velocity and ballistic co-efficient:)

modifiedbrowning
June 21, 2006, 11:09 PM
MV = Muzzle Velocity
BC = Ballistic Coefficient

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