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recoil and grain of bullet

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by flw, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. flw

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    Within the same caliber (i.e. 40 S&W) with the same powder load, is there a difference in recoil by bullet weight?

    I do understand the lighter bullet will have a greater fps rate than a heavier bullet of the same caliber/powder load.
     
  2. Inebriated

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    Heavier bullets "push" more, lighter bullets "flip" more. Basically a light and fast .40 S&W will be more snappy and have more muzzle flip than a heavy and slow .40 S&W, which has more of a push rearward.

    Heavier bullets are almost always more pleasant for me to shoot, and I think most people feel the same.
     


  3. M 7

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    The answer to your question is "yes".

    Here is a link that'll let you explore it 'til your heart's content-

    http://www.handloads.com/calc/recoil.asp


    Enjoy. :supergrin:
     
  4. Tiro Fijo

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    With the same propellant load heavier bullets always recoil more. Simple physics, reaction/action. 180 gr. .40 S&W loads are loaded down due to powder capacity & pressure dangers. They are basically wuss loads and people are in for a surprise when they touch off a 155 gr. solid defense load.
     
  5. cowboy1964

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    147 9mm is the same way (a "wuss" load as you call it), as is 230gr .45.
     
  6. SCmasterblaster

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    Very good answer, sir. :cool:
     
  7. flw

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    This is for semiauto handguns only and assumes same barrel length.

    So is there a general agreement that with a same caliber and same type and amount of powder, that a smaller grained bullet may create more muzzle flip but a heavier bullet in the same configuration may have a greater muzzle push back or straight back recoil?

    i.e. in a 9mm with same type and amount of powder, a 115 gr might tend to flip vs a 148 gr might tend to have more push back or straight back recoil.
     
  8. SCmasterblaster

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    This makes sense. :cool:
     
  9. SCmasterblaster

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