Range of "New Army"

Discussion in 'Black Powder Shooting / Muzzleloaders / Handguns' started by tyc, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. tyc

    tyc New Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    Do any of you know the approximate range of a .44 ball, when fired from a "New Army" pistol?

  2. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Probably at least a mile! Just kidding, but we need more information. Are you asking how the bullet will travel? Or how far away you can actually hit a target?

  3. As I'm sure you know, much depends on the amount of powder you use.

    On average I would guesstimate 3" group out to 30-35 yds.

    12-36" group @ 100 yds.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2011
  4. dustydog

    dustydog New Member

    Sep 2, 2011
    "Back in the day", a buddy of mine and I experimented with max range of BP revolvers,and we got pretty surprised.We actually were able to print on a 200 yard rifle target set at 200 yards,and the roundball would pass compleatly thru the 3/4 inch plyboard of the target backing.Used both a New Army and a 3rd model Dragoon with really stiff charges of FFg,.457 balls,and the tiniest dab of grease in the chamber mouth.Shot from a seated position with a two handed hold,took a couple of rounds to get the "drop",but the ol' girls do dance!
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2011
  5. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    it'll pass through a tin can target at 40 yards and travel 200 yards more and go into a tree 2" deep..
  6. dcriner

    dcriner Member

    Apr 18, 2011
    Rather than concern yourself with the maximum range, make sure you have a safe backstop.
  7. Buffalochip

    Buffalochip Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2008
    Perhaps rather than assume the asker is a careless zealot who needs advise on what to be concerned about, we should find out what he is really asking before admonishing.
  8. rdstrain49

    rdstrain49 New Member

    Dec 10, 2010
    Are we being intolerant of one seeking information? Just wondering.
  9. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    Maybe he wants to ring the 200 yard gong.
  10. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    200 yard gongs easy we have car wheels in a tree 300 away with wood over them even if ya hit the wood and miss the metal its "rings"
  11. tyc

    tyc New Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    Using 25 grains and .457 ball, I was wondering just how far that ball would go.

    Was at the Legion the other month and shooting at an old dead tree from about 30 feet (10 meters or so) just standing there, no bench rest or the like, I was easily able to get a 6" in grouping with 15 rounds. Digging into the tree with a small pen knife, those balls were indeed deeply embedded, which got me to thinking, just how far would they go in free flight?

    One fellow has suggested a mile. I guess that's possible but I have my doubts but then again he could be right. Half a mile? I quite sure of that. Quarter of a mile? No doubt here and it could indeed hurt someone at that range.

    Was just wondering.

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