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Bullet Energy

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by enjr4, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. enjr4

    enjr4 Renton, WA Active Member

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    The thread "Bullet Mass vs. Velocity" (http://www.northwestfirearms.com/general-firearm-discussion/86048-bullet-mass-vs-velocity.html) reminded me of a similar question I have pondered for a long time.

    It concerns bullet mass and speed. How do you (you, yourself, not the manufacture's advertising) determine which cartridge will have the greatest terminal energy at a given distance. Impact energy is determined by mass and speed at impact. I don't want to get into penetration and bullet shape and all that.

    I just want to know how to determine which will have the greatest impact energy. There should be some sort of simple formula. For an example, A 230 grain bullet traveling at 750 ft. per second equals X (some number). A 115 grain bullet traveling at 1000 ft. per second = Y.

    What is the impact energy in say pounds for the different bullets and speeds? :huh:

    Thanks, Ed
    Oh - And how do you get the new spell checker to work??? Clicking on it does nothing (for me).:confused:
  2. dmancornell

    dmancornell Portland, OR New Member

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    Run the numbers through a ballistics calculator, that's the only way to tell.
  3. chariot13

    chariot13 Near Eugene/Springfield Well-Known Member

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    Hornady.com - Accurate, Deadly, Dependable - Hornady Manufacturing, Inc they usually have a foot per pounds evaluation chart at certain distances for most of their ammunition. Along with other info. They also have a page for a calculator where you can put in your own numbers.