How far will a .45 kill?
It’s time to throw our gunoholic readers a bone – and this one will be a 230 grain bone.
For fans of the .45 ACP, and there are millions (myself included), we’re all aware of the damage that will be inflicted on anything unfortunate enough to be in the sights of a .45 handgun at combat range. For the most part, assuming proper shot placement, it’ll be dead, dead, dead.
But, what about at longer distances? What about 100 yards? Or gasp … 440 yards?
This video, called “How far will a .45 kill?” runs 17.31 minutes and is worth watching – I know that I enjoyed it, and it does answer the question.
The shooter (Eric) actually exercises the big .45 round all the way out to 440 yards to see what kind of penetration (and therefore lethality) can be expected at what can only be called extreme ranges for a pistol caliber bullet.
The shooter uses a CZ 97 handgun with a 4.8” barrel and a JR (Just Right) carbine with a 16” barrel to test the lethality of the .45 at various distances.
He first shoots Federal 230gr. ball at 100 yards with the handgun and gets 6 rounds into the target plywood baffle. He then tries the CZ again at 200 yards and (no surprise) has difficulty hitting the target – but finally does.
And finally he switches to the JR carbine for the extreme 440 yards shots.
You’ll have to watch the video to get the results, but suffice to say that it’s surprising.
And by the way, if you’re interested in the other versions – he’s done .22 and 9mm versions, they’re available on YouTube, just Google the title. Enjoy!
As an old geezer, it simply amazes me that these guys can even SEE the target at 100 and 200 yards, much less hit it! But they do and actually hit the target with a handgun! I like to think that I’m a pretty good shot – but that presupposes that I can see the target, and without optics, I’m limited to 50 yards or so. That’s what happens when you get old!
Thanks to Hardnox for finding the video!