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Question How far do pellets go?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by colwyn, Jun 7, 2015.

  1. colwyn

    colwyn Active Member

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    Two questions that I would like to ask as a newbie.

    Can anyone say how far a .177 pellet would travel from an 11.6ft/lbs air rifle?

    Secondly, there's a round dial on the near sight numbered 0-10. This turns in order to regulate sight with distance but what I would like to know is what each digit represents in terms of distance. How would I know which number to turn it to if, say, I was aiming 40 yards?
     
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    Isn't that 1-10 the magnification?
     
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    I'm guessing it's an open sight,not a scope?
     
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    Ah. I'll close the door on my way out. Sorry!
     
  5. Ballisticboy

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    About 309 yards in still air using the latest drag data for an 8.4 grain pellet.
     
  6. Stonepark

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    About 200 to 250 yards (dangerously) but 400m max (like hail) depending on the elevation and the flight angle.

    A rimfire will get about 1500 yards. Assuming sea level to sea level and not shooting from the top of everest.
     
  7. Dag

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    Your best bet is to download Chairgun where you will find that somewhere in the Tools section ( I think) there is a function that allows you to see the distances travelled for any configuration of pellet / ftlbs / angle of elevation. It not only gives the distance the pellet will travel but also shows the height to which it will climb.
    hth
    Dag

    ps The iPad version gives Maximum Distance only and the angle at which you will achieve that for a particular pellet and ftlb combination. If you can get Chairgun on a PC it will give you so much more information.
    Going back to your opening question re the 1-10 on your rear sight perhaps you could put a dot or cross on a sheet of white paper and with a distance of say 15 yds to start with fire at the dot and then see what each click does for your point of impact. You could then repeat the same exercise for increasing distances up to your 40 yds and make a note of the results or mark up and keep the sheets for reference.
     
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  8. colwyn

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    Thanks for your answers guys :) much appreciated.
     
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    Ok, in case you haven't tried it before then download Chairgun, select your pellet from the menu where you'll find all calibres and almost every pellet on the market, input your rifle's power in ftlbs from your crono readings, go to Toolbox found on the menu at the top, go down to Miscellaneous Functions and select Maximum Range and up will come a graph of all ranges for your setup at varying elevations including a highlight of the maximum for your pellet and power combination. It should look like this:

    [​IMG]

    hth
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