Enough??

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by dragman, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. dragman

    dragman Well-Known Member

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    Shooting Ground hogs, Whitetail, Yotes, and Crows. Ran out my ballistics charts.
    What would the cut off of (power be) Will I be ok if I stay above 550ft/lbs?
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  2. jkupper

    jkupper Well-Known Member

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    Yes, no, maybe, yes

    What are you shooting? What bullet? More info is always good on this site :D
     

  3. dragman

    dragman Well-Known Member

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    6.5 hunting vld
    140 grain

    I thought the 550 should be close, as my friend only hand gun hunts with his .357 and has taken deer out to 75 yards.
     
  4. CliffM

    CliffM Well-Known Member

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    Personally I only consider energy as far as it takes given amount at the tip of a bullet to get it to open.
    For those bullets an impact velocity of 1800 fps seems to be recommended for the lower threshold for them to reliably open. That would translate to around 1050 ft/lbs.
    I have not proved that to be true or false as that would be about an 1100yd shot from my rifle, and I'm not there yet.
    Cliff
     
  5. dragman

    dragman Well-Known Member

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    That is a very good point. I will have to take it to the drawing board and see what kind of results I can get.

    thanks
     
  6. jkupper

    jkupper Well-Known Member

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    I'm with Cliff on this one. The design of a .357 hollow point allows it to open and mushroom effectively at those low velocities. The VLD's design is way different. 1800 ft/s is the published minimum velocity for them. I'm looking at the same things to find the maximum effective range for my 7mm RM.

    I'm sure it will kill a deer at the lower velocity, but a marginal shot may mean a wounded deer getting away.

    Best of luck!
     
  7. dragman

    dragman Well-Known Member

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    I think I will stick around that 1800fps number for the whitetail.
     
  8. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    That's what I would do.