The question recently came up about bullet weight and what does it mean. Let’s start with the basics, the weight of the bullet is typically stated in grains and there are precisely 7,000 grains in a pound (16 ounces). So the more grains in a bullet the heavier the bullet. Now for the same amount or weight of powder a heavier bullet will have less velocity than a lighter bullet. In terms of long distance downrange accuracy, a heavier bullet traveling slower will fall sooner than a lighter bullet traveling faster. If fired from a handgun a heavier bullet will give stronger recoil than a lighter bullet. From there we start to engage in discussion of what bullet weight is best for what application and an even more involved discussion of velocity. I agree with this author it is really about finding the right balance. Watch the video below from Hickok45 to get a great explanation of grains.

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