projectile energy

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by Zoidberg, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. Zoidberg

    Zoidberg New Member

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    Do buffalo bullets and sabot bullets provide more projectile energy than roundballs?
     
  2. lifelongnra

    lifelongnra New Member

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    Not sure depends on calliber
     
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2009

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    energy is mass (in grains) times velocity (in fps) squared, divided by a constant. This will link you to a calculator program:
    Airhog: Muzzle Energy Calculations

    HOWEVER- that is muzzle velocity. The round ball is the worst ballistic coefficent there is, and drag will start slowing them down, where the pointy bullets have less drag, and keep more of their speed (and energy)

    Find your bullet weight, estimated speed, plug them in, and hit calculate.
     
  4. SlamFire

    SlamFire New Member

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    On the other hand . . . learn to hunt with skill rather than energy. I know hunters who take Roosevelt elk, in the wet snow of the Oregon Coast Range with a 54 cal. flintlock and round ball. No walkie talkie, no cell phone . . .