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Bullet's path AFTER passing through the target

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by R.W.Dale, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Elder

    Oct 14, 2005
    Northwest Arkansas
    Yesterday while at the 300m range shooting my 243 at one of the 100m boards I had a thought that had never crossed my mind before. Are the bullets actually hitting that burm another 200m away.

    A little geography

    Our 300m range has a couple of smaller elevated areas at 100 and 200m. These have pipe sunk into the ground so a person can put up a target board at the closer ranges if they so choose. I don't know exactly how tall it is but the 20' or so burm is right behind the fixed 300m target boards. I was shooting a target board that was set up 100m from the firing line.

    I wonder if that piece of conveyor belt material and paper I was shooting through could deflect the bullets flight enough to miss the backstop?
  2. jmr40

    jmr40 Mentor

    May 26, 2007
    Where I shoot I usually have the range to myself. I usually set up a lot of targets at 50,100, and 200 before I begin shooting. Saves time walikin back and forth. I often find bullet holes in the 200 yard target that are keyholed or are jagged from bullet fragments. I can see skid marks in the dirt where bullets going through the target have deflected, hit the ground and came back up into the air.

    We do not have a traditional berm, but right after the 200 yard line there is a hill that rises up several hundred feet above the range. I rarely shoot at 300 because the only way to squeese it in was to bush hog a narrow path through the woods and it is a bit higher in elevation above the others.
  3. Anteater1717

    Anteater1717 Active Member

    Jul 25, 2006
    They can go pretty far off course. In my experience, 7.62x39 FMJ will go through a pallet at 100yd, and by the 200yd mark will be off by up too 30-40ft. Though 5-20ft is more typical.
  4. dewage83

    dewage83 Member

    Nov 30, 2007

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