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    How far will a pellet travel

    As above ashuming strong back wind optimum angle of fire and using a sub 12ft lb rifle. Any ideas how far it will go before touch down.
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    I can bounce my .177 across the lake I fish, well over 100 yards

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    @25 degrees ~450yds at a guess, maybe more (I'm not at my lappy so haven't got Chairgun to hand)

    EDIT With a tailwind 600yds?
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    Maximum range achieved at an angle of 45 degrees. Should be able to work distance out......somehow
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    With no tailwind,

    optimum angle of 22 degrees
    Terminal energy 0.305 FtLbf
    Distance 424 yards.

    (With JSB Exacts)

    So I wasn't far off.

    Interestingly .20 & .22 carry further.
    Last edited by SpikeG; 17-08-2010 at 06:12 PM.
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    out of interest then, if you were to shoot vertically up, the pellet would eventually stop and fall down, so what would be its terminal velocity?!

    i mean i assume it would be the same as if you just dropped it fform a great height!?

    always pondered that one, but i dont get out much!

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    Thats surprised me i would have expected alot less. Can't get my head around .22 traveling further. We used to shoot on council land and they made us section off 200mtr and i thought that would have been enough. live and learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dough View Post
    out of interest then, if you were to shoot vertically up, the pellet would eventually stop and fall down, so what would be its terminal velocity?!

    i mean i assume it would be the same as if you just dropped it fform a great height!?

    always pondered that one, but i dont get out much!
    Apart from it being dumb?

    If terminal velocity at 122mph were measured in fps it would be around 178fps.
    So, a 14.3gr pellet doing 178fps would contain just over 1.0 ftlb.

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    it was a simple and hyperthetical question, no need to be rude

    i was just considering the drag and mass of the pellet, the distance it could travel vertically upwards with relation to air resistance and the offset of the mass of the pellet and therefore how much velocity downwards it would terminally achieve is all

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    Quote Originally Posted by dough View Post
    it was a simple and hyperthetical question, no need to be rude

    i was just considering the drag and mass of the pellet, the distance it could travel vertically upwards with relation to air resistance and the offset of the mass of the pellet and therefore how much velocity downwards it would terminally achieve is all
    I wasn't rude. I was simply stating that if you were gazing at the sky when you did it, you might get a pellet in the eye.

    Blimey! Common sense is now offensive.
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    common sense isnt rude, but assuming i dont have any is!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dough View Post
    common sense isnt rude, but assuming i dont have any is!!
    You've read it totally wrong, mate.
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    Somebody will correct me, but as to pellet size .22 will travel further than .177 as if you throw a squash ball and a ping pong ball the squash ball will go further.... does that make sense? lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skipper View Post
    Somebody will correct me, but as to pellet size .22 will travel further than .177 as if you throw a squash ball and a ping pong ball the squash ball will go further.... does that make sense? lol
    what if they were the same density or dropped from a plane 2 miles up

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpikeG View Post
    With no tailwind,

    optimum angle of 22 degrees
    Terminal energy 0.305 FtLbf
    Distance 424 yards.

    (With JSB Exacts)

    So I wasn't far off.

    Interestingly .20 & .22 carry further.
    Quote Originally Posted by trimtrab View Post
    Thats surprised me i would have expected alot less. Can't get my head around .22 traveling further. We used to shoot on council land and they made us section off 200mtr and i thought that would have been enough. live and learn.
    Doesn't the heavier pellet retain more energy over distance? Must be something to do with inertia. That's my guess. Inertia.....or momentum....... no, inertia.
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