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Range and Penetration Table for the 38 cm SK C/34 Guns. 1)

Range
(meters)
Elevation
Angle

(degrees)
Flight
Time

(seconds)
Angle
of Fall

(degrees)
Striking
Velocity

(meters/second)
Danger Zone
(for a 10 x 30
meter target)
Dispersion
(meters)
Armour Penetration 2)
(millimeters)
BELT - DECK
0 - - - 820
1,000 0.4 1.3 0.4 800
2,000 0.9 2.6 1.0 782
3,000 1.2 4.0 1.5 764
4,000 1.6 5.2 2.0 745
5,000 2.0 6.7 2.5 727 240
6,000 2.6 8.0 3.1 709 200
7,000 3.0 9.5 3.8 691 171
8,000 3.5 11.0 4.4 674 150
9,000 4.1 12.5 5.1 657 132
10,000 4.8 14.0 6.0 642 121 93
11,000 5.3 15.6 6.9 626 110 94
12,000 6.0 17.2 7.6 610 100 95
13,000 6.7 19.0 8.5 597 92 97
14,000 7.3 20.7 9.9 581 87 99
15,000 8.0 22.4 10.5 569 81 100
16,000 8.9 24.2 11.5 556 76 101
17,000 9.6 26.0 12.8 544 71 102
460 - n/a
18,000 10.4 28.0 13.9 532 69 104
442 - n/a
19,000 11.2 30.0 15.0 520 65 107
430 - n/a
20,000 12.1 32.0 16.4 510 61 110
412 - n/a
21,000 13.0 34.0 17.8 502 60 112
392 - n/a
22,000 13.9 36.2 19.0 492 58 114
378 - 86
23,000 14.8 38.4 20.7 485 57 116
362 - 90
24,000 15.7 40.6 22.0 479 53 118
350 - 95
25,000 16.7 42.9 23.7 474 51 120
335 - 100
26,000 17.7 45.2 25.4 469 50 123
320 - 105
27,000 18.8 47.8 27.0 464 49 128
306 - 110
28,000 20.0 50.2 28.6 461 48 131
294 - 115
29,000 21.1 52.9 30.1 460 46 137
286 - 120
30,000 22.3 55.3 31.9 459 44 140
275 - 126
31,000 23.6 58.0 33.6 457 43 145
266 - 135
32,000 25.0 61.0 35.0 457 42 150
256 - 144
33,000 26.2 63.7 36.9 458 42 157
245 - 150
34,000 27.8 66.7 38.5 459 41 163
236 - 158
35,000 29.0 69.4 40.0 461 40 170
228 - 165
35,550 30.0 71.0 40.9 462 40 173
212 - 170

To convert from meters to yards/feet, and from millimeters to inches, use this tool.
Millimeters Centimeters Meters Kilometers Inches Feet Yards Nautical
Miles

1) This data has been extracted from the official German projectile curves contained in "100/40 g.Kdos Unterlagen und Richtlinien zur Bestimmung der Hauptkampfentfernung und der Geschoßwahl" which were kindly provided to us by William J. Jurens.

2) The penetration figures are for a 38 cm Psgr. L/4,4 Armour Piercing shell striking a 90º vertical belt and a horizontal deck. They don’t take into consideration the heel, pitch, and inclination towards the target ship at a particular moment or the designed slope of an armoured belt. All these factors change the striking angles of shells (that rarely coincide with their angle of fall) and their penetration capabilities.

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