Can sombody tell me the max range, and max effective range for a 180gr. British .303 bullets?
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September 30, 2007, 12:49 AM
The early models had volley sights for shooting at ranges of over a mile. The latest built had adjustable sights regulated up to 1200 yards (might be meters but I don't think so). They are commonly shot at the 700-800 meter range. I don't know about effective range, I guess it depends on what you want it to be effective against.
September 30, 2007, 01:36 AM
Dad's range at the farm was only 500 meters but my .303 would consistantly penetrate 1/4 mild steel targets at that range. However, I was using handloads that were quite a bit "hotter" than factory load. (3000+fps) My Gramps always told me any Enfield (or Springfield) would shoot further than the operator had talent to hit a target at. That would be as good a rule as any for the weapon.
September 30, 2007, 10:56 AM
At the long ranges the .303 is about as effective as the 30.06 from the 1903 Springfield or the 8mm Mauser from the 98K. The accuracy depends on a lot of things, but accuracy is increased with better sights on the #4mk1 Enfield or the 1903A3. Real riflemen can make 600 to 800 yard shots easily. The old sights with settings past 1500 yards were for volley fire. Mujahadeen riflemen with #1 rifles were making 800 yard shots against Russial troops all the time.
September 30, 2007, 11:02 AM
a platoon could put down effective fire out to nearly 1500yds thats 30 guys
firing at a mass of troops or point target.
vickers machine guns could using map predicted fire hit out to 4000 metres
my old cadet manual put the danger area from a .303 rifle fired accidentally at
45 degrees nearly 10 miles:eek:
before you scoff a british policeman tripped and had an nd with a .357 pistol broke a childs leg at nearly 2 miles (loads of uk ranges were rebuilt after that accident:uhoh:
September 30, 2007, 11:56 AM
I'm going to have to double check you on that one. ;)
I thought max range on a 303 was about 3ish thousand yards (maybe 4?), with max effective listed at 1,000.
There's actually a military standard of max effective, typically when that term is used its not subjective to the shooter. The little blue infantry book I used to have, for example, listed max effective of the M16 AND M14 as 460 meters, iirc. (I've been out for 20 years and lived in hippie land for 10--its a wonder I remember which end goes to the shoulder.)