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Numerous factors, including the following, can affect the maximum point-blank range.

  • Type of projectile: Typically, conical bullets will have a greater point-blank range than round balls fired from muzzleloaders.
  • Weather: Wind, humidity, and temperature will affect the path and distance the projectile will travel.
  • Freshness of the powder charge: Fresher powder usually will increase the firearm’s range.
  • Size of game being hunted: If hunting smaller game with a vital area less than 6", you will need to adjust your firearm sights to compensate for the smaller vital area.