Bullet Drop Charts

For some reason I have an even dozen searches for “bullet drop chart for” everything from a 5.7 X 28 to a .458 Winchester Magnum. And there is a problem with that.

The “drop” of a bullet fired from a perfectly level gun depends on one thing and one thing only. The time of flight of the bullet. If a bullet is in flight for one second, it will drop about 16 feet.

The time of flight of a bullet depends on the muzzle velocity and the “ballistic coefficient” of the bullet. The ballistic coefficient depends on the shape of the bullet, its weight, and its diameter. If you have those numbers a close approximation of a bullets drop is pretty easy.

If you do not, you wind up the creek without a paddle. So I don’t do drop charts. My apologies.


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