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Old 08-18-2011, 09:58 AM   #1
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Maximum range of 45 acp?

I know that the .45 will shoot very accurately out to 50 yards and can be coaxed to hit a target out to 100 yards. So, what is the maximum possible carry of a standard 230gr ball round? Just curious.
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Old 08-18-2011, 10:03 AM   #2
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One hundred yd hits on an 18in x 24in , its easy to go ten straight free style standin up....max range would depend on the shooter....in La its hard to find the 500yd sandbars any more but I have hit 5 gal buckets at 500 yds....way I did it was see where My bullets hit and walk them on

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maximum range or effective range? big difference.
 
 
Old 08-18-2011, 02:48 PM   #4
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maximum range or effective range? big difference.
Maximum range: point it up at a 45d angle (approx), bust the cap, and see how far it will go. Wild Bill set the effective range mark at 500 yards -- I presume max would be non-effective because of air resistance reducing terminal velocity and eventual wobble making any kind of effort to hit a target (maybe other than an ocean) impractical.

To rephrase the question, how far is that puppy likely to go at its farthest range?

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I don't know if I could get on them at more than 500 yds....Shootin at the 5 gal buckets on a sandbar where You can see where the bullets hit saves ammo , In one of Elmers' books or it may have been a magazine article He talks about seein where the bullet hits and walkin the bullets in....findin places to do this in Louisana now is out of the question , too damm many boats on the rivers , too damm many houses on the bluffs....Far as the angle goes I don't know if it was 45% or not , wish I had thought about that at the time....

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Old 08-22-2011, 12:56 PM   #6
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Wild Bill, you are a fountain of wisdome and experience! Agreed about too damm many boats, houses, cars, and the rest. That is what began my curiosity of course: how much buffer real estate would I have to buy downrange from a pistol line to make sure that nobody could EVER claim a stray round beaned their beagle. Tough question in this day and age.
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Wild Bill, you are a fountain of wisdome and experience! Agreed about too damm many boats, houses, cars, and the rest. That is what began my curiosity of course: how much buffer real estate would I have to buy downrange from a pistol line to make sure that nobody could EVER claim a stray round beaned their beagle. Tough question in this day and age.
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You'll NEVER own enough real estate to ensure you won't be sued by some anti-gunner w/ a bogus claim unless you buy an entire prairie in Kansas.
 
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Now for a serious answer. Scroll down to the bottom of this article. Interestingly you will learn that the muzzle angle that allows the 230gr, FMJ, .45ACP to travel the maximum distance is NOT 45 degrees (who woulda thunkit ? ?). It will travel over a mile.......exterior ballistics

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Thanks Joe.....That was interestin....Back in the late 1970s I was Construction Supt buildin a dockin facility for barges and tow boats on the Mississippi river . Port Allen side across from Baton Rouge. My job was one mile long , I had good Hands workin, it was an easy job to supervise...so to keep My Wild AZZ out of the Cajun honkytonks and away from the Snuff Queens and honkytonk Darlins and to wile away the hours constructively I shot a 41 Ruger maggie and a Super Blackhawk at logs , snags , whatever was floatin in the Mississip , from one point I had 1279 yds measured by DMD that was a clear shot....At that distance I couldn't see the bullets hit the water but by havein a spottin scope set up on a tripod and standin a step away from the spotin scope I could shoot , step fast over to the scope and see the bullet hit the water, if I didn't see the bullet make a splash I was pretty sure I had hit whatever I shot at....I don't think I could hold a candle to Elmer Keith at long distances but I did pretty good , opened some peoples eyes to what is possible to do with a revo at 500 to 1000 yds...Still got the Ruger old model 41 and the old model Super Blackhawk

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Thanks, Joe. The exterior ballistics results plus a "reasonable and prudent" buffer (I just love the way lawyers throw that phrase around) would require a circle of at least 2 miles around a .45 acp PISTOL firing point. You'd need to own half of Kansas (and a smidgin of Oklahoma!) to have a safe range for a 338 lapua!
Appreciate the advice and the entertaining and enlightening chatter.
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