Handgun Maximum Range

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by ninjatoth, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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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?
     
  2. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    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. :)

    Jack
     

  3. Puff

    Puff New Member

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    tracer rounds

    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.
     
  4. Yunus

    Yunus New Member

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    I hope you have a huge back yard.
     
  5. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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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!! :D
     
  6. Puff

    Puff New Member

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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.
     
  7. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    I can see it now------ Colts new marketing campaign
    "1911---When it breaks, you can always throw it at 'em!":p:D
     
  8. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Yeah, but it's American steel! :D
     
  9. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Shurikens. They come in all shapes and sizes.

    JD
     
  10. res45

    res45 New Member

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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

    Shooting Vid.
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xtsxt7xgbpc]YouTube - Introduction to Handgun Silhouette at LASC[/ame]
     
  11. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    There are a lot of variables hen discussing this topic. how long is the barrel. what is the angle of the barrel. Are you aiming at something or just pointing and shooting. A 9mm is going to go a lot futher than a 45acp because the 9mm is a supersonic round and the 45 is a subsonic round for the most part.
     
  12. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    Max Distance...Enjoy

    JBM Calculations - Maximum Distance
    45ACP 230gr FMJ
    Maximum Distance Input Data
    Ballistic Coefficient: 0.195
    Bullet Weight: 230.0 gr
    Muzzle Velocity: 850.0 ft/s
    Temperature: 70.0 °F Pressure: 29.92 in Hg Humidity: 50.0 %
    Altitude: 1500.0 ft Std. Atmosphere at Altitude: No
    Pressure is Corrected: Yes
    Output Data Atmospheric Density: 0.07056 lb/ft³
    Speed of Sound: 1128.3 ft/s
    Initial Angle: 45.0 deg
    Terminal Angle: 70.4 deg
    Terminal Range: 1973.3 yd
    Terminal Velocity: 315.5 ft/s
    Terminal Time: 24.0 s
    Terminal Energy: 50.8 ft•lbs
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    Maximum Distance
    9mm 124gr fmj
    Maximum Distance Input Data
    Ballistic Coefficient: 0.192
    Bullet Weight: 124.0 gr
    Muzzle Velocity: 1100.0 ft/s
    Temperature: 70.0 °F Pressure: 29.92 in Hg Humidity: 50.0 %
    Altitude: 1500.0 ft Std. Atmosphere at Altitude: No
    Pressure is Corrected: Yes
    Output Data Atmospheric Density: 0.07056 lb/ft³
    Speed of Sound: 1128.3 ft/s
    Initial Angle: 32.5 deg
    Terminal Angle: 62.1 deg
    Terminal Range: 2336.7 yd
    Terminal Velocity: 305.5 ft/s
    Terminal Time: 21.0 s
    Terminal Energy: 25.7 ft•lbs

    I left my abacus in the car, so I did calcs using

    JBM :p:cool:
     
  13. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    On a related note, if in doubt, guess farther.

    I had a friend in high school who shot a friend of his in the shoulder while deer hunting. The shooter could not see the shootee through the brush. Shootee's shoulder & arm are permanently fubard.

    A coworker's son (prev. job) bounced a .22 off a pond shooting at a turtle; it went several hundred yards, across a state highway, and into the head of a kid playing in his yard. The coworker's son almost went to jail on it and did end up paying some medical bills, IIRC.