Ballistics Chart for Military Ammunition

Ballistics Chart

This ballistics chart shows basic data for ammunition in use by the United States Armed Forces.










5.56mm Ammunition Ballistics Chart

Cartridge Weight Length Propellant
Type
Propellant
Weight
Bullet
Weight
Chamber
Pressure
Velocity
5.56mm Ball, M193 182gr 2.26" WC844 or CMR170 28.5 or 26.5gr 56gr 52,000psi 3250fps at 15' from muzzle
5.56mm Grenade, M195 126gr 1.9" IMR4475 25gr 56gr   140-165fps at 66" from muzzle
5.56mm Tracer, M196 177gr 2.26" WC844 or IMR8208M 28.5gr, 25.3gr or CMR170 26.5gr 54gr 52,000psi 3200fps at 15' from muzzle
5.56mm Ball, M855 190gr 2.26" WC844 26.1gr 62gr 55,000psi 3025fps at 78' from muzzle
5.56mm Tracer, M856 191gr 2.26" WC844 24.7gr 63.7gr 55,000psi 2870fps at 78' from muzzle
5.56mm Armor Piercing, M995 180gr 2.25" WCR845 27.5gr 52gr 50,250psi 3324fps at 78' from muzzle

7.62mm Ammunition Ballistics Chart

Cartridge Weight Length Propellant
Type
Propellant
Weight
Bullet
Weight
Chamber
Pressure
Velocity
7.62mm Ball, M59 393gr 2.8" WC846 46gr 150.5gr 50,000psi 2750fps at 78' from muzzle
7.62mm Armor Piercing, M61 393gr 2.8" IMR4475 41gr 150.5gr 50,000psi 2750fps at 78' from muzzle
7.62mm Tracer, M62 383gr 2.8" WC846 46gr 142gr 50,000psi 2750fps at 78' from muzzle
7.62mm Grenade, M64 295gr 2" WC8:30 45gr 142gr 50,000psi 160fps at 5' from muzzle
7.62mm Ball, Special, M118 390gr 2.83" WC846 and IMR4895 44gr 172gr 50,000psi 2640fps at
7.62mm Dim Tracer, M276 381gr 2.8" WC846 46gr 140-150gr 50,000psi 2750fps (CMRS), 2680fps (GM) at 78' from muzzle
7.62mm Armor Piercing, M993 362.6gr 2.8" Bonfors NC1290 45gr 126.6gr 55,115psi 2985fps at 78' from muzzle

Caliber .50 Ammunition Ballistics Chart

Cartridge Weight Length Propellant
Type
Propellant
Weight
Bullet
Weight
Chamber
Pressure
Velocity
Caliber .50 Incendiary, M1 1744gr 5.45" WC860 240gr   54,000psi 2950fps at 78' from muzzle
Caliber .50 Tracer, M1 1785gr 5.45" IMR5010 240gr   52,000psi 2700fps at 78' from muzzle
Caliber .50 Ball, M2 1813gr 5.45" WC860 235gr   55,000psi 2810fps at 78' from muzzle
Caliber .50 Armor Piercing, M2 1812gr 5.45" WC860 235gr   53,000psi 2810fps at 78' from muzzle
Caliber .50 Armor Piercing Incendiary, M8 1gr 5.45" WC860 233gr 622.5gr 59,000psi 2910fps at 78' from muzzle
Caliber .50 Tracer, M10 1752gr 5.45" IMR5010 240gr   54,000psi 2860fps at 78' from muzzle
Caliber .50 Tracer, M17 1732gr 5.45" IMR5010 225gr   54,000psi 2860fps at 78' from muzzle
Caliber .50 Armor Piercing Incendiary-Tracer, M20 1718gr 5.45" IMR5010 230gr 619gr 55,000psi 2910fps at 78' from muzzle
Caliber .50 Incendiary, M23 1581gr 5.45" IMR4831 237gr   58,000psi 3400fps at 78' from muzzle
Caliber .50 Ball, M33 1762gr 5.45" WC860 235gr   55,000psi 2910fps at 78' from muzzle
Caliber .50 Saboted Light Armor Penetrator (SLAP), M903 1466gr 5.45" WC856 275gr 355-360gr 55,000psi 4000fps at 78' from muzzle
Caliber .50 Saboted Light Armor Penetrator-Tracer (SLAP-T), M962 1466gr 5.45" WC856 282gr 350-360gr 55,000psi 4000fps at 78' from muzzle
Caliber .50 Armor Penetrator Incendiary (API), MK 211 MOD 0 1765gr 5.45" WC860 / MR5010 or RA-NC-167 233gr 671gr 55,000psi 2910fps +30 at 78' from muzzle

Books on Ballistics and Ammunition

Stopping Power: A Practical Analysis of the Latest Handgun Ammunition
Stopping Power: A Practical Analysis of the Latest Handgun Ammunition

Evan Marshall and Ed Sanow rocked the firearms world with the release of Handgun Stopping Power and Street Stoppers. Both books predicted the effectiveness of all types of ammunition by studying the results of real-life shootings rather than relying on laboratory tests that ignored the dynamics of an actual gunfight. This third book in the series provides the very latest street results of all the major handgun calibers, from .22 LR to .45 ACP, as well as popular rifle and shotgun loads. It also contains chapters on short-barrel ballistics, the emergence of the hot new .357 SIG caliber, the continued success of the .40 S&W, the development of the latest exotic ammo, the effectiveness of black powder firearms and a brand-new ammo test protocol based on the results of the many gunfights of U.S. Border Patrol officers.

Handgun Stopping Power : The Definitive Study
Handgun Stopping Power : The Definitive Study

Dramatic first-hand accounts of the results of handgun rounds fired into criminals by cops, storeowners, cabbies and others are the heart and soul of this long-awaited book. This is the definitive methodology for predicting the stopping power of handgun loads, the first to take into account what really happens when a bullet meets a man.

Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques, Second Edition
Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques, Second Edition

Written by the nation's foremost authority on gunshot wounds and forensic techniques as they relate to firearm injuries, Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques, Second Edition provides critical information on gunshot wounds and the weapons and ammunition used to inflict them. The book describes practical aspects of ballistics, wound ballistics, and the classification of various wounds caused by handguns, bang guns, rifles, and shotguns. The final chapters explain autopsy technique and procedure and laboratory analysis relating to weapons and gunshot evidence.

Frangible Ammunition: The New Wave in Firearms Ammunition
Frangible Ammunition: The New Wave in Firearms Ammunition

Frangible Ammunition represents the first viable revolutionary change to firearms science in the past 100 years! A polymer-compound round that produces no splashback and vastly decreased ricochets, frangible ammo is ideal for marksmanship training for both indoor and outdoor ranges, tactical team training, close-in engagement of metal targets and specialized service use. As such, it is the safest full-power training ammo for police and military shooters, civilian range owners and casual shooters. Despite its widespread acceptance, however, there has been no in-depth study of this cutting-edge round . . . until now. This book remedies that by teaching the potential user what a frangible round is, what they can and cannot be used for, how to construct safe training devices and facilities and the proper street and service uses for the round.

Cartridges of the World (Cartridges of the World)
Cartridges of the World (Cartridges of the World)

This benchmark volume is the foremost source for cartridge information. Hunters, target shooters, military history buffs, ammunition reloaders and cartridge collectors alike will find all the answers to their cartridge and shotshell questions in this comprehensive book that includes 1,500+ cartridges.

This reference book includes detailed photos, dimensional drawings and loading data. Descriptions of obsolete American cartridges tell the tale of ammunition used by settlers, cowboys and outlaws during the nation's westward expansion, and offer insights into unusual rounds that never caught on. Hunters and shooters can improve their success with the useful ballistics tables.

Handloader's Digest: The World's Greatest Handloading Book (Handloader's Digest, 18th ed)
Handloader's Digest: The World's Greatest Handloading Book (Handloader's Digest, 18th ed)

Handloaders are meticulous hobbyists who constantly search for better loads, components, and the tools to assemble cartridges. They expect the best from their components and tools, and this updated digest is an assemblage of authoritative articles discussing various facets of the reloading hobby. New indepth articles from expert writers cover casting bullets, working handloads, choosing the right components for the job, new techniques, ballistics, reloading safety, and much more. Enthusiasts will gain insight into new reloading trends, as well as available equipment and accessories from major manufacturers. Extensive and valuable reference information includes listings of all handloading periodicals and books, plus directories of products and manufacturers.

ABC's of Reloading (ABC's of Reloading)
ABC's of Reloading (ABC's of Reloading)

Starting with the basics, this guide leads the reader through the process of reloading with ease. Perfect for beginners and a great refresher for experienced reloaders, the book first discusses all the necessary tools and accessories needed to get started, then goes through step-by-step instructions and safety tips for loading your own metallic cartridges and shotshells. Helpful illustrations guide readers through each step and make the process easy to understand. The ABC's of Reloading covers all aspects of the hobby, from benchrest loading techniques, to ballistic software, to competition and hunting loads and more. It also includes a comprehensive directory of reloading manufacturers. The guide carefully pieces together steps and techniques for reloading into an understandable process, outlining the basic procedures and providing information on cartridge cases, primers, powders, bullets, equipment and much more, putting beginners on the road to becoming experts!

Metallic Cartridge Reloading
Metallic Cartridge Reloading

Gun Digest Book of Handgun Reloading
Gun Digest Book of Handgun Reloading

Reloading for Shotgunners (Reloading for Shotgunners)
Reloading for Shotgunners (Reloading for Shotgunners)

The Ultimate in Rifle Accuracy: A Handbook for Those Who Seek the Ultimate in Rifle Accuracy; Whether It Be for Competition, Testing, or Hunting
The Ultimate in Rifle Accuracy: A Handbook for Those Who Seek the Ultimate in Rifle Accuracy; Whether It Be for Competition, Testing, or Hunting

Ammo and Ballistics
Ammo and Ballistics

All you ever needed to know about ammunition has finally been collected in one volume!

Understanding Firearm Ballistics
Understanding Firearm Ballistics

The original text of Understanding Ballistics has been edited, improved, & expanded with up-to-date information. Throughout are more formulas, detailed explainations & examples, more draawings, charts, and technical details explaining basic to advanced firearm ballistics, in a simplified and easy to follow style. This is the newest edition of the bible of the shooting sports. A must for all police officers, hunters, target shooters, handloaders, whether begineer or expert. This book is a "gotta have."

The Hunter's Guide to Ballistics: Practical Advice on How to Choose Guns and Loads, and Use them Effectively
The Hunter's Guide to Ballistics: Practical Advice on How to Choose Guns and Loads, and Use them Effectively

Now for the first time, here is a book written specifically for hunters about the guns and loads that they use. In this complete and fully illustrated digest, you'll read about such diverse topics as: how to improve your long-range shooting; how to shoot accurately in winds of any speed or direction; how to solve the problems associated with shooting up and down hills; what causes mirage and how to read it; why some bullets shoot tighter groups farther away; how gunpowder is made; why bullets that move left also rise; which cartridges are suitable for everything plus comprehensive ballistics tables.

Modern Sporting Rifle Cartridges
Modern Sporting Rifle Cartridges

Ammo and Ballistics II
Ammo and Ballistics II

Shotshells and Ballistics: Ballistic Data Out to 70 Yards for Shotshells from .410-, 28-, 20-, 16-, 12-, and 10-Gauge for over 1,700 Different Loads and 23 Manufacturers
Shotshells and Ballistics

There is a bewildering array of commercially loaded shotgun shells for sale, from the .410 to the 10-gauge. In fact, there are more types of shells and shot sizes on the market now than ever before. With the overwhelming selection of shells available, here, finally, is a practical, reasonably priced book that makes sense of it all. It lists commercially available shotshell loads from the .410-bore to the 10-gauge, in all shot sizes available, different shot types (lead, steel, bismuth, tungsten, and others) so that the shooter or hunter can quickly find what will be best for the gun he has and the game or targets he wants to shoot. Each shotgun shell with each loading has its own table--over 1,600 tables!!--showing shot size; weight of shot; recoil; average number of pellets in the shell; manufacturer's order number; shell length and type of hull; type of wad; and whether the shot is buffered or not. In addition, each table contains data that details velocity (in 10-yard intervals from 0 to 70 yards); average pellet energy; and time of flight in seconds. This book includes complete ballistic tables for every hull length and every shot-size load made from the following manufacturers: Aguila Ammunition, Armscor, ARMUSA, Baschieri & Pellagri, Bismuth Cartridge Company, Brenneke, Clever s.r.l., Dionisi, Eley Hawk, Estate Cartridge Company, Federal, Fiocchi, Gamebore, Hevi-Shot (now loaded exclusively by Remington), Kent, Lightfield, PMC, Polywad, Remington, RIO, RST, Sellier & Bellot, and Winchester. In addition, this informative reference contains authoritative articles on the history and development of shotshells and the components and technical data that govern the production of shotshells. Never before has so much information on shotshells and ballistics been placed in a single book. Accentuated with photos from the field and the range, this is a reference book unlike any other.

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