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I hunt turtles with a rifle. If a fire a bullet at the turtle at a shallow angle and miss, the bullet will bounce off the water, creating a dangerous condition for any bystanders. Experience tells me that at a steeper angle, the bullet will penetrate the water. I want to know the smallest angle that the bullet will penetrate the water. I am using a .22 magnum rifle bullet with a muzzle velocity of about 2500 feet per second. I am shooting into a body of still, fresh water. Is there an equation where I can simply plug in different velocities or other variables to compensate for changes I may make in my hunting? How will variables I cannot control like wind and temperature affect the angle?
Re: At what angle will a bullet ricochet off water?
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