Originally Posted by Duster
Hello - hope your day is well. I was researching and trying to better understand ballistics. Im aware that some folks say the ballistics are a good indicator of performance but may be different in the field. As i am learning, I came across an article or 2 stating you need 1,000 flbs of energy for a humane kill on a deer. Ive been looking at the 6.5 grendel ballistics chart- My question As I look at the chart- I see a 16" grendel, using the 90gr speer tnt would only be effective to 150Yards? I must be looking at it the wrong way. If this round was considered for military use, i wonder how much energy would be necessary to take out an enemy combatant. It wouldnt seem that much more effective than a 5.56. Thank you for any answers - i apologize for my lack of understanding- im learning though. Thanks BALLISTIC LINK---- http://www.alexanderarms.com/images/pdfs/grendel_ballistics.pdf
combat is much different than hunting. hunting a person uses the best equipment to get a humane and quick kill. in combat, a hit even if non-fatal still accomplishes a goal of possibly removing that combatant from the fight. so in combat, a hit doesn't always have to be fatal to be effective.
a 308 at 1000-1200 yards has shed a lot of energy, but still will ruin a person's day. and if hit in the head, more than likely to still have enough energy to be fatal. not ideal for a quick and humane kill on a deer, but still efective enough for combat.
hunting, you use the best ammo that is available for the intended game you are hunting and use it within the confines of the cartridges ability to ensure a humane kill with good shot placement.