Choosing the Right Bullet Weigh By Chris www. luckygunner. com – Silvercore Firearms Training BC
I know, I know… who cares about bullet weight? Most people could casually enjoy shooting for years without paying any attention to that little number with the “GR” after it on the boxes of ammo they buy. But you wouldn’t be reading this if you were content with being a mere “casual shooter”, would you?
It’s true that much of the time, bullet weight matters very little as long as you’re using the right caliber. On the other hand, in order to get the most out of your firearm for almost any application outside of casual plinking, bullet weight becomes an important variable that can have a major impact on factors like ballistics, accuracy, and recoil. So how do you know which bullet weight is right for what you want to do? There’s usually no easy answer to that question, but if the issue of bullet weights is a complete mystery to you, here are a few basics to get you pointed in the right direction.
What’s a Grain?
Bullets are measured in a unit of mass called grains (abbreviated “gr.”). One pound is equal to 7000 grains, and there are 437.5 grains in an ounce. Bullets can weigh anywhere between 15 grains for the lightest 17 HMR bullets all the way up to 750 grains for the heavier .50 BMG rifle loads.
Know Your Choices
Once you know how to identify the bullet weight, you’ll still need to get a feel for what options you have. For each caliber, there is a range of common bullet weights that will fit most people’s needs, and then a few loads available outside of that range for more specific applications. For instance, most 9mm loads are either 115, 124, or 147 grain, but occasionally you might see a 95 grain, 110 grain, or some other oddball load.
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