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Old 10-01-2009, 09:56 PM   #1
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This is just a basic question:How far can a handgun bullet travel once fired?If I were to shoot a 9mm .45acp,.38 spl or any number of average power cartridges,how far will it go before it hits the ground?How far aiming straight,and how far at a 45 degree angle?From what I gather,an average round will travel about a mile at 45 degrees,but maybe I am way off,and shooting flat,how far?300 yards,400?Does anyone know?



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Old 10-01-2009, 10:55 PM   #2
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This is just a basic question:How far can a handgun bullet travel once fired?If I were to shoot a 9mm .45acp,.38 spl or any number of average power cartridges,how far will it go before it hits the ground?How far aiming straight,and how far at a 45 degree angle?From what I gather,an average round will travel about a mile at 45 degrees,but maybe I am way off,and shooting flat,how far?300 yards,400?Does anyone know?
Ninja, all of these questions you are asking can be found by searching Google. I found them, so you give it a try. If the answer you are seeking is not what you want, come back and ask and we members here on the forum will try and help you. But I will warn you now, there will be a quiz over this material.

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We've shot tracer rounds in back yard -

It's a real eye opener to see just how far your bullet travels.

A good lesson on why we need to know what's beyond our target.

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We've shot tracer rounds in back yard -

It's a real eye opener to see just how far your bullet travels.

A good lesson on why we need to know what's beyond our target.
I hope you have a huge back yard.
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I can only throw a Glock 20 feet and I'm sure the effective range of that hand gun is less than my Stainless .45 Colt just due to the shear mass of the Colt. I would think the smaller the hand gun, the further you could throw it although I doubt its effectiveness would be any better at close range!!

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40 acres of open fields with several natural rises. We are fortunate.
We built an 8' tall 3' wide & deep target for us too.

Hunting season is coming and they use the land so we may have limited days we'll be able to shoot. We have to limit hiking/walks then anyway.
Don't want to get shot or scare game.

We get coyote hunters that just park their trucks on the side of the road and shoot 'em in fields.

I cringe every time I hear a Canadian goose squawk after a rifle blast.

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I can only throw a Glock 20 feet and I'm sure the effective range of that hand gun is less than my Stainless .45 Colt just due to the shear mass of the Colt. I would think the smaller the hand gun, the further you could throw it although I doubt its effectiveness would be any better at close range!!
I can see it now------ Colts new marketing campaign
"1911---When it breaks, you can always throw it at 'em!"
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I can see it now------ Colts new marketing campaign
"1911---When it breaks, you can always throw it at 'em!"
Yeah, but it's American steel!
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Here is a small chart that goes out to 100 yds. for various handgun load. Back in the day when I used to shoot steel Silhouette shots out to 200,300 yds. weren't uncommon or that hard with practice.

Handgun Trajectory - Condensed Table

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