.40 S&W Long Range Ballistics

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  1. Joeywhat

    Joeywhat XDTalk 5K Member

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    What are the ballistics of the .40 S&W cartridge at ranges of 100 yards and longer? Namely in terms of bullet drop, and steel plate knockdown power.

    Picked up a Hi-Point in .40 the other day, and it's got a 4x30 scope on it. Figure it could come in handy for 3-gun, if it can still hit and then knock down steel targets at 100 yards.

    I might be interested in 9mm ballistics at these ranges as well. Tried google but seems a little hard to come by any info at these distances.
     
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    Here's one: Hornady

    You need to find out the balistic coefficient of the bullet of your choice.
     
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    Hey, that's a great link!

    Looks like .40 S&W drops quite a bit more then I'd like...I'd have to zero at 100 yards for it to be effective at that range. Maybe handload some hot rounds for matches...or keep it under 50 yards...
     
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    Most service pistol rounds have pretty much the same drop out to 100yds. There will be little momentum left to down a std. pepper popper target though. For three gun, you are better off w/ a true rifle round IMO.
     
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    ok with the buffalo bore bullets with a 180 grain at 1100 FPS and a 25 yard zero your looking at about a 7.5" drop

    if you have a different zero you want me to check let me know or different loading
    oh and it would be going 977fps with 382 foot pounds of energy at 100 yards

    and i tested that on ammoguide useing a sierra 40 cal bullet instead of the speer that they are loaded with but i bet its pretty close
     
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    That seems like enough balls to still drop steel...I'm still not sure what I'll use this for, though. A 25 yard zero makes sense to me, but if I want it to be any good at 100 yards a 50 or even 100 yard zero seems to be needed.

    Guess I could always zero the scope at 100 yards, then throw on the irons if I want to have some short range fun.
     

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