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 06-18-2012, 19:01 #1 mixflip Senior Member   Join Date: Mar 2009 Posts: 6,513 How far will a .223 55gr projectile fly??? 55gr .223 lake city factory reload, standing, off hand... how far (in general) will the projectile fly downrange max before it hits the ground? Could it go 1400 yards? I thought the little 55gr bullet drops well inside 1000 yards???
 06-18-2012, 19:56 #2 FL Airedale Senior Member     Join Date: May 2011 Location: Florida Posts: 1,161 There are a lot of variables to consider. If you fire a typical 55 gr .223 and have it zeroed at 200 yards, it will will drop over 4 feet by the time it reaches 500 yards. It could be plus or minus 6 to 8 inches depending on what barrel you're shooting it out of and which ammo you are using. If you aim 4 feet high and still hit your target at 500 yards, the bullet will still be moving over 1000 fps and can still inflict a fatal wound. To hit something at 1400 yards, you'd have to lob the bullet. I don't know how fast it would be going at that point, but I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end. __________________ Life Member - NRA, GOA, Florida Carry, Inc. I used to be a people person but people ruined that for me. Last edited by FL Airedale; 06-18-2012 at 20:00..
 06-18-2012, 21:24 #3 RedHaze Handgunner     Join Date: Aug 2009 Location: SE WA Posts: 2,367 The number has bounced around a bit, but 3600 meters is the MAX range taught in the Marine Corps. Don't be confused with max effective range, which is taught as 800m. Doesn't mean that a solid hit at 1157 meters isn't going to hurt, just that solid hits at that range can't be relied upon to be repeatable. For reference, 3600 meters is 3937 yards, or 2 mi. and some change. __________________ I MAY DIE IN A DITCH, BUT I'LL BE LYING IN A BED A BRASS *SHEEPLE: SHEEP LIKE PEOPLE, MANY OF WHOM DENY THE EXISTENCE OF WOLVES, AND VOTE TO PULL THE TEETH OF THE SHEEPDOGS WHO PROTECT THE FLOCK Last edited by RedHaze; 06-18-2012 at 21:27..
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 Originally Posted by mixflip 55gr .223 lake city factory reload, standing, off hand... how far (in general) will the projectile fly downrange max before it hits the ground? Could it go 1400 yards? I thought the little 55gr bullet drops well inside 1000 yards???
Try somewhere in the 1.5-2 mile range if you have elevated the muzzle enough. As noted, not much left when it gets there, but it can get there.
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 06-19-2012, 12:23 #5 Rev.357 Senior Member     Join Date: Jan 2012 Location: Heath Springs SC Posts: 353 1st what is your Zero 2nd what is your Vel. 3rd what is your target size I shoot the .223 LR & yes a 55gr can go 1.5mi+! __________________ G17,G21,G22C,G22RTF2/Gills,G26,G31,G32 Colt Python .357MAG 6'' Don't Start Nothing!! Want Be Nothing!! NRA Pistol Instructor SC CWP Instructor
 06-20-2012, 01:14 #6 DJ Niner Moderator     Join Date: Feb 2001 Location: North-Central USA Posts: 16,682 Here ya go (click to embiggen): Go to the site and run different combinations of the numbers for yourself. __________________ . “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.” -- George S. Patton . Last edited by DJ Niner; 06-20-2012 at 01:14..
 06-20-2012, 21:42 #7 mixflip Senior Member   Join Date: Mar 2009 Posts: 6,513 Thanks guys. Great info.

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