Max Effective Range of Common 300 BLK Projectiles

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Max Effective Range of Common 300 BLK Projectiles

Post by Dr.Phil » Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:37 pm

There has been quite a bit of discussion regarding the choice of hunting bullet for use in 300 BLK.
I thought that I would take a couple minutes and compile a rough list of common 300 BLK hunting projectiles and provide some insight.
Here is the list in alphabetic order, with thier G1 BC, rought MV, Terminal Threshold Velocity, and max range for terminal effect:

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ACP 130 Grain CNC Super Sonic
BC = .???
mV = 2,000fps
Term Threshold = 1,700fps
MAX = 150yds
http://www.auscopperprojectiles.com/col ... 130gr-50pk

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Barnes Bullets 110 TAC-TX
BC = .289
mV = 2,300fps
Term Threshold = 1,400fps
MAX = 350yds
http://www.barnesbullets.com/bullets/tac-tx/

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Barnes Bullets 120 TAC-TX
BC = .358
mV = 2,100fps
Term Threshold = 1,400fps
MAX = 350yds
http://www.barnesbullets.com/bullets/tac-tx/

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Barnes Bullets 130 TSX
BC = .340
mV = 2,000fps
Term Threshold = 1,400fps
MAX = 300yds
http://www.barnesbullets.com/bullets/tsx/

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Berger 155 VLD Hunting
BC = .464
mV = 2,000fps
Term Threshold = 1,800fps
MAX = 125yds
http://buybergerbullets.3dcartstores.co ... _p_86.html

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DRT 135 HP Terminal Shock
BC = .???
mV = 1,780fps
Term Threshold = 1,200fps
MAX = 300yds
http://www.drtammo.com/DRT-Store/Produc ... Shock-Bulk

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Hornady 110 V-MAX
BC = .290
mV = 2,200fps
Term Threshold = 1,600fps
MAX = 230yds
http://www.hornady.com/store/30-Cal-.308-110-gr-V-MAX/

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Hornady 110 GMX
BC = .305
mV = 2,200fps
Term Threshold = 1,600fps
MAX = 250yds
http://www.hornady.com/store/30-Cal-.308-110-gr-GMX/

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Hornady 125 SST
BC = .305
mV = 2,100fps
Term Threshold = 1,600fps
MAX = 200yds
http://www.hornady.com/store/30-Cal-.30 ... ST-303021/

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Hornady 125 GMX
BC = .295BC
mV = 2,100fps
Term Threshold = 1,600fps
MAX = 200yds
http://www.hornady.com/store/30-Cal.-.308-125-gr.-GMX/

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Hornady 135 FTX
BC = .274
mV = 2,000fps
Term Threshold = 1,600fps
MAX = 200yds
http://www.hornady.com/store/300-Blacko ... TX-Custom/

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Lehigh Defense 194 ME
BC = .638
mV = 1,050fps
Term Threshold = 750fps
MAX = 1,000yds
http://www.lehighdefense.com/collection ... nic-bullet

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Lehigh Defense 174 CF
BC = .586BC
mV = 1,050fps
Term Threshold = 750fps
MAX = 1,000yds
http://www.lehighdefense.com/collection ... nic-bullet

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Lehigh Defense 170 CF
BC = .531
mV = 1,050fps
Term Threshold = 750fps
MAX = 1,000yds
http://www.lehighdefense.com/collection ... nic-bullet

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Lehigh Defense 168 CF
BC = .630
mV = 1,050fps
Term Threshold = 750fps
MAX = 1,000yds
http://www.lehighdefense.com/collection ... nic-bullet

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Lehigh Defense 115 CC Copper
BC = .284
mV = 2,350fps
Term Threshold = 1,450fps
MAX = 250yds
http://www.lehighdefense.com/collection ... 5gr-bullet

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Lehigh Defense 110 CC
BC = .188
mV = 2,400fps
Term Threshold = 1,750fps
MAX = 100yds
http://www.lehighdefense.com/collection ... ity-bullet

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Lehigh Defense 108 CF
BC = .215
mV = 2,260fps
Term Threshold = 800fps
MAX = 500yds
http://www.lehighdefense.com/collection ... 8gr-bullet

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Lehigh Defense 78 CQ
BC = .249
mV = 2,600fps
Term Threshold = 1,750fps
MAX = 275yds
http://www.lehighdefense.com/collection ... -cq-bullet


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Nosler 110 Varmageddon
BC = .293
mV = 2,100fps
Term Threshold = 1,800fps
MAX = 125yds
http://www.nosler.com/nosler-load-data/ ... -blackout/

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Nosler 125 Balistic Tip
BC = .366
mV = 2,100fps
Term Threshold = 1,800fps
MAX = 100yds
http://www.nosler.com/nosler-load-data/ ... -blackout/

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Outlaw State Bullets 220 EXOT
BC = .???
mV = 1,050fps
Term Threshold = 800fps
MAX = 1,000yds
http://www.outlawstatebullets.com/2.html

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Sierra 110 HP
BC = .204
mV = 2,100fps
Term Threshold = 1,600fps
MAX = 150yds
https://www.sierrabullets.com/store/pro ... -HP-30-cal

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Sierra 125 SPT
BC = .277
mV = 2,100fps
Term Threshold = 1,800fps
MAX = 100yds

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Sierra 135 HP
BC = .308
mV = 2,000fps
Term Threshold = 1,600fps
MAX = 200yds
https://www.sierrabullets.com/store/pro ... -135-gr-HP

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Speer 125 TNT
BC = .341
mV = 2,100fps
Term Threshold = 1,500fps
MAX = 275yds
http://www.speer-bullets.com/ballistics ... aspx?id=83

***NOTE***
This list is updated as I get additional data.
MAX ranges are rounded and are not exact.
The list is intended to be a quick reference when considering a projectile for hunting.
Velocity differnces in an individual's platform will make a significant difference in Max Range.
You should run the balistics using the velocity that your platform delivers and find out the range in which the velocity drops to the Terminal Threshold to determine true max range.

If anyone has additional information they would like me to add, please comment and I will update this post with that data.
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Re: Max Effective Range of Common 300 BLK Projectiles

Post by BoomerVF14 » Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:27 pm

Great lesson in external ballistics there... those lightning-fast 78/110 grainers lose all their effect by 300 yards, but the stodgy 194gr Lehigh ME torsoises starting at 1050fps can kill you out past 1000 yards... assuming you can dial/hold a 270 MOA high correction!

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Re: Max Effective Range of Common 300 BLK Projectiles

Post by dellet » Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:54 pm

BoomerVF14 wrote:Great lesson in external ballistics there... those lightning-fast 78/110 grainers lose all their effect by 300 yards, but the stodgy 194gr Lehigh ME torsoises starting at 1050fps can kill you out past 1000 yards... assuming you can dial/hold a 270 MOA high correction!
This is where people are kind of missing the boat on the capabilities of the cartridge. There are a fair amount of hunting bullets in the 150 grain class, but very few that expand at less than 1800 fps. This limits them to about 150-175 yards. If someone were to develop a hunting round that was reliable down to 1600 fps you could almost double that distance.

With something like Berger's hunting VLD and the right zero on your scope you would only have about a 5" window of trajectory out to 200 yards, still clocking about 1700fps
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Re: Max Effective Range of Common 300 BLK Projectiles

Post by 20X11 » Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:24 pm

Thanks Dr Phil...nice compilation of data.

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Re: Max Effective Range of Common 300 BLK Projectiles

Post by Sig220 » Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:58 pm

How reliable/what is the source of the terminal velocity listed in your table?

Not that I don't believe the data, but this is the internet :shock:

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Re: Max Effective Range of Common 300 BLK Projectiles

Post by bangbangping » Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:24 pm

Dr.Phil wrote:- Nosler 110 Varmageddon
.293BC mV = 2,100fps Term Threshold = 1,800fps MAX = 125yds

- Nosler 125 Balistic Tip
.366BC mV = 2,100fps Term Threshold = 1,800fps MAX = 100yds
I believe you have the MAX reversed on these two. The BT should have a longer max range. The Hornady online calculator shows the BT to be traveling 1841fps @ 125 and 1792 fps @ 150.

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Re: Max Effective Range of Common 300 BLK Projectiles

Post by smustian » Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:52 pm

Great post Dr Phil.

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Re: Max Effective Range of Common 300 BLK Projectiles

Post by dellet » Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:32 pm

Great idea, maybe we can get Gary to do sticky on this.

Barnes 120 black tip data. I spoke with them a while ago and was told it has the same expansion threshold as the 110. Probably good for the same distance or a few yards farther.

Cartridge 300 AAC Blackout
B.C .358
Box QTY 20
Weight/Type 120 TAC-TX BT
Velocity 2100
Catalog # 30827
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Re: Max Effective Range of Common 300 BLK Projectiles

Post by plant.one » Tue Jan 12, 2016 12:46 am

dellet wrote:Great idea, maybe we can get Gary to do sticky on this.
i wouldnt want gary to 'do sticky' on this, or any post for that matter! TMI! :mrgreen:


however if he wanted to change this threads settings to that of a Sticky topic i'd be all for that 8) :mrgreen:
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Re: Max Effective Range of Common 300 BLK Projectiles

Post by dellet » Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:08 am

plant.one wrote:
dellet wrote:Great idea, maybe we can get Gary to do sticky on this.
i wouldnt want gary to 'do sticky' on this, or any post for that matter! TMI! :mrgreen:


however if he wanted to change this threads settings to that of a Sticky topic i'd be all for that 8) :mrgreen:
I guess we should expect a comment like that from a guy who spends 24/7 trying to "plant.one" anytime, anywhere, with anyone or anything, for any reason. :shock:
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