.357 Magnum vs .45 Colt (LC Long Colt) Ammo Comparison - Ballistics In – Foundry Outdoors
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.357 Magnum vs .45 Colt (LC Long Colt) Ammo Comparison - Ballistics Info & Chart

The following ammunition cartridge ballistics information and chart can be used to approximately compare .357 Magnum vs .45 Colt (LC Long Colt) ammo rounds. Please note, the following information reflects the estimated average ballistics for each caliber and does not pertain to a particular manufacturer, bullet weight, or jacketing type. As such, the following is for comparative information purposes only and should not be used to make precise predictions of the trajectory, performance, or true ballistics of any particular .357 Magnum or .45 Colt (LC Long Colt) rounds for hunting, target shooting, plinking, or any other usage. The decision for which round is better for a given application should be made with complete information, and this article simply serves as a comparative guide, not the final say.

For more detailed ballistics information please refer to the exact round in question or contact the manufacturer for the pertinent information. True .357 Magnum and .45 Colt (LC Long Colt) ballistics information can vary widely from the displayed information, and it is important to understand that the particular characteristics of a given round can make a substantive difference in its true performance.


Caliber Type Velocity
(fps)
Energy
(ft-lb)
.357 Magnum Handgun 1290 530
.45 Colt (LC Long Colt) Handgun 1050 500






Velocity


As illustrated in the chart, .357 Magnum rounds - on average - achieve a velocity of about 1290 feet per second (fps) while .45 Colt (LC Long Colt) rounds travel at a velocity of 1050 fps. To put this into perspective, a Boeing 737 commercial airliner travels at a cruising speed of 600 mph, or 880 fps. That is to say, .357 Magnum bullets travel 1.5 times the speed of a 737 airplane at cruising speed, while .45 Colt (LC Long Colt) bullets travel 1.2 times that same speed.

Various calibers



Energy



Furthermore, the muzzle energy of a .357 Magnum round averages out to 530 ft-lb, while a .45 Colt (LC Long Colt) round averages out to about 500 ft-lb. One way to think about this is as such: a foot-pound is a unit of energy equal to the amount of energy required to raise a weight of one pound a distance of one foot. So a .357 Magnum round exits the barrel with kinetic energy equal to the energy required for linear vertical displacement of 530 pounds through a one foot distance, while a .45 Colt (LC Long Colt) round exiting the barrel has energy equal to the amount required to displace 500 pounds over the same one foot distance. As a rule of thumb, when it comes to hunting, muzzle energy is what many hunters look at when deciding on what caliber of firearm / ammunition to select. Generally speaking, the higher the muzzle energy, the higher the stopping power.

Again, the above is for comparative information purposes only, and you should consult the exact ballistics for the particular .357 Magnum or .45 Colt (LC Long Colt) cartridge you're looking at purchasing.








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2 Comments

Delbert Busby - Aug 18, 2020

At what time do you expect to receieve 357 Mag lever action ammo, or 45LC lever action ammo either or both?? I am interested buying both in bulk quantities if the price is right!! If you can please let me know something as quick as you can..will probably be interested in some bulk 9 mm if the price is right. Thank You
Delbert Busby

Delbert. Busby - Aug 18, 2020

Interested in 45 LC 357mag and 9 mm. All in bulk ammo if price is right

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