KILLING RANGE OF .401—What is the killing range of the .401 Winchester Self Loader, and how does it compare with the .80-50 and the .30 U. S.?
“Killing range” is an indefinite term, since no gun would always kill at any given range, or cease to I at a certain distance. If a bullet fired from this rifle were to strike the proper spot it might kill an animal occasionally at 1200 or 1500 yards, but, of course, this is far out of hunting ranges and nobody should expect to do game shooting at distances greater than 800 yards. Even this distance is extreme, and except in case of mountain sheep and similar game, very little big game is killed at distances greater than 250 yards. The long shot is the exception. Compared with the .30-30 and .30-40, the .401 with the 200 grain bullet is more powerful and perhaps a better killer at short ranges, as it is larger in caliber, has a heavier bullet than the .30-80 gives a better penetration with soft point bullets than either of the others, hits a heavier blow and has a higher velocity. I would say that the .401 would be best for hunting bears, elk and moose, but on the other hand, for long range shooting the .30 calibers would be better, in my opinion, as they have flatter trajectories and do not fall off so fast in energy and velocity. I think you would be more certain to hit and more sure to kill at long ranges with the .30-40.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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