January 10, 2014 11:39 AM Subscribe
How far is it possible to shoot various rounds of ammunition (rifles, pistols, etc, not artillery shells), assuming one is firing for maximum distance, not impact velocity or accuracy (ie. at a 45+ degree angle).
posted by tehloki to Technology (2 answers total)
Using standard ballistics equations with muzzle velocity of a 7.62x51mm NATO round (833m/s) and a 45 degree trajectory I arrived at something like a maximum range of 70km, but that's ignoring air resistance, which I assume is massively important to getting a realistic answer.