minimum velocity?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by fr3db3ar, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. fr3db3ar

    fr3db3ar Well-Known Member

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    What is the minimum velocity that, say a 55 vmax out of a 223 will reliably expand? I've searched the internet but nothing of any substance.
     
  2. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    Just a guess (but pretty darn close) 800 to 1000 ft.lbs. or 1200 fps. It is a pretty lightly constructed bullet, so any hit on a bone should open it up. Fleshy hits will be hit and miss I would think. I hit ground hogs at 650 yards with 208 A-max's and they don't open up much. Still throw some chunks every once in awhile.

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  3. fr3db3ar

    fr3db3ar Well-Known Member

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    well...that's a little confusing since my calculator says I only have 942 ft lb @ the muzzle @ 3200 fps
     
  4. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    LOL! Well then I would go with the lesser of values I offered. I would stick with the 800fps+ then. I have a feeling that it will open up. If you think about it, 22LR High velocity hollow points are suppose to open up and they are only around 88ft lbs. Go to the varmint hunting section. There is a guy (Ring) that hit a groundhog in the noodle at 800+ yards with a 223 and I think a 55grn bullet. Might be a 62, anyway, popped the eyes out. I don't have much experience with .224's. They are pretty light construction for maximum red vapor action. Probably doesn't take much to get them to open up.

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  5. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    Just looked at JBM and punched in the numbers. I would say it should work to 900yrds if you can hit your intended target. I just wouldn't hit anything to big. Your wind calling at that distance is going to be paramount. I would keep it within 700yrds if it were me.

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  6. That'll totally depend on what you hit. My guestimate is solid bone maybe 700 fps and flesh only maybe 900fps.

    This sounds like a good excuse to do some impact tests. Get a chronograph, load us some really light charges, get a roadkill or a pig or whatever and do some shooting. :)