Question about bullet drop

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  1. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    While I was at the pistol range this morning another man came in and went to the rifle range. When I got through and and was ready to leave, I wandered over to the rifle range just to see what he was shooting.

    He told me that he was getting ready for a 1000 yard match this coming weekend. He was shooting a Winchester bolt action .308 and told me that he was attempting to get the bullet to hit 40 1/2 high at 100 yards. He had two targets on a piece of cardboard and was aiming at the bottom one and said that his bullets should be hitting the top one (which I assumed was 40 1/2 inches higher than the bottom one).

    I have never shot 1000 yards before and was wondering if this makes sense to anyone. Does the bullet drop that much at 1000 yards??
  2. chemfantry

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    Actually, it drops more. Roughly, and depending on ammo, that would put him zeroed at 500 yards.
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    roger that.

    100 YRDS +1.4”
    200 YRDS 0”
    250 YRDS -3”
    300 YRDS -6.3”
    350 YRDS -12.3”
    400 YRDS -18.4”
    450 YRDS -27.8”
    500 YRDS -37.3”
    600 -64.2
    650 -82.2
    700 -100.5

    this is with 165 gr sst hornady at 3069 fps
  5. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    Thanks chemfantry, very interesting information. I put that website in my favorites just in case I decide to shoot some longer distances!!

    I don't understand him specifically saying 40 1/2 inches, though these charts are even more than that at 500 yards!
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  6. ysacres

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    Drop: The effect of gravity on the projectile. The distance between the line of departure and the trajectory at a given distance.
    Nosler Reloading guide # 4
    .308 165 gr partition
    Range 600 yds
    Velocity 2208 (fps)
    Energy 1786 (ft lbs)
    zero @ 100 yds -51.8
    zero @ 200 yds -46.9
    zero @ 300yds -38.0
    zero @ 400 yds -27.0
    zero @ 500 yds -14.5

    I duno :D
  7. chemfantry

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    gd, it depends on the type of bullet, bullet weight, and velocity at muzzle. If you look at cyclone's numbers they are similar as well. He could have been shooting a "pet load". The numbers on that chart are not law. They just apply to those particular bullets at those particulat muzzle velocities.
  8. cycloneman

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    Yes sir. You would be hard pressed to duplicate my bullet drop. This is with factory Light Magmun ammo that has not been avaliable in sst's in the last 8 years. Next time i buy a lot of light mag it will be with soft points (all that is avaliable now) that will not perform as well. But close.
  9. muddober

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    I don't take issue with your chart with the exception that a 308 won't begin to drive a 165 grain bullet 3,000 feet per second. About the best a 308 will do with a 165 grain bullet is 2,700 fps, dropping 59" at 500 yards and will be going sub sonic at about a 1000 yards making it unstable and a very poor choice for 1000 yard matches.
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    For 95% of the time i agree with you. But i didn't pull that 3069 fps out of my rump. like i said in an eariler post you would be hard pressed to duplicate this. A rifle with 20" of bbl will not do it, at least i dont think. I am not shooting 20" of bbl. And the ammo is not something that can be produced by handloading. That chart I posted is for a particular bullet in a particular rifle.
  11. 308 at my gate

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    I have shot 500 yards before with a 308. It was with a remington pss and I chronographed the rounds myself and loaded the bullets with sierra palma match. The bullet drop was not to far away from what cycloneman posted. I have a 6.5 X 20 leupold on it with 3/8 mil dots put in it from premier reticle. I looked the ballastics up in the back of the sierra reloading manual for the drop and held over on the correct mil dot. The very first shot at 500 yards I hit the steel ram and over it went.
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    hay 308

    if you dont mind and whenever you can could you give me your load. like i said when i am out of these rounds i have to go with something else. this is what i use for antelop and unless hornady decides to put these out again i am gonna have to develop something on my own. just to let everyone know it took me two years to get the right rifle, right rounds and right scope. i also have a mildot and do the same thing as you do.
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    Info posted so far is correct...manufacture /grain / muzzle vl ....jacket.....elevation/windage / mirage

    if a consistent load was married to a particular rifle with expected results..would sure have to stay with it and successive ammo would have to be consistent.....
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    I had to go back through my notes and what I was using was this.
    Federal brass 100 rounds fired formed necked size only.
    Federal 210M primers.
    Sierra 155 gr Palma match bullets
    Powder IMR 4064 47.6 gr.
    Primer pocket de-burred.
    I could not find my chronograph information for the velocity.
    I remember having to pour the powder charge in two stages so that I could tamp down the powder to fit in the brass better. It is a charge that is pretty full.
    One other thing my rifle is a 24 inch barrel.
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    I remember reading an article when these first came out and if I remember right they were a special blend of powers with different burn rates that they produced to get those velocities with that bullet weight. That is why it is not reproduced by hand loading.
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    thats correct. i wish i could reproduce it but i cant. I will tell you i took apart one of these rounds and the powder is jam ****ed in there. I talked to hornady and they said the powder is a special blend made for them exclusivly. The best i can get with standard loads is 2890 fps. My bbl is 26"
    I also will tell you that the light mags are the cleanest burning i have ever seen. Hands down. After shooting a round the inside of the brass is clean like your ready to load it. I can put a patch in the barrel and i get nothing. Clean, clean, clean...

    Hornady is making a light mag in a soft point 165gr but i am sure the ballistic coefficent is not going to be that of the SST's, which will equal a slight loss of downrange performance. Hornady is making a 150gr lt mag sst but i just dont know how that will perform in the field. The bullet takes on a sightly different shape i believe and i have allways stayed away form anything less than 165's for hunting.
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    As far as the .308 use as a 1000 yd cartridge, two point's.

    1) What is the military 1000 yd sniper rd.?

    2) What is the "Palma" cartridge?
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    He was probably using Federal Gold Medal Match 168gr. I load 175s just a little hotter than FGMM and it takes around 36.5 minutes of elevation above my 1000 yard 0. That would translate to ~36.5 minutes high at 100 yards.

    Yards Drop in MOA
    100 0.00
    200 1.78
    300 4.38
    400 7.43
    500 10.89
    600 14.79
    700 19.20
    800 24.19
    900 29.86
    1000 36.36
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