Range of .30 U.S.-Can you tell me the point blank range of the .30 U.S. cartridge, Model ’03 from a Winchester Model 1895 rifle? What range should it be sighted for to keep within an eight inch circle, and how far will it shoot with that sighting and keep the bullets inside of that target?
I make it out to be about 200 yards, with the sight correctly adjusted for 175 yards. If the rifle is correctly sighted for 100 yards, at 50 yards it shoots only one inch high, and perhaps 1 ¼ inch at its highest point, so we know that it can be sighted for a greater distance and still not shoot too high at any shorter distance, but the trajectory table shows that when the rifle is sighted for 200 yards and fired the bullet passes 4.52 inches above the line of sight at 100 yards, and we know that the highest trajectory is a little beyond midway, so it would rise five inches or more if it is sighted for 200 yards, and that would be out of the eight inch circle. So I make out that the rifle should be sighted for 175 yards, and the point blank range would then be about 200 yards.
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