Then, one wag made the statement:
Haven't tested further back with wax but know not to much farther past the target the wax takes flight in a weird cork screw pattern.I don't know about a weird corkscrew pattern, but I know that the bullets we use are very light and they lose momentum quickly. These wax bullets don't go very far. At 21 feet they're fairly stable, but when they start losing momentum, stability and accuracy go out the door quickly, so I grabbed a revolver and went out to my backyard range to see what I could learn.
I was using a Uberti Cattleman revolver, the standard 4.75" barrel so common to Cowboy Fast Draw. On any line of six competitors, fully half of them will be shooting Uberti Cattleman revolvers. I was also using standard CFDA brass, C&R (yellow) wax bullets and Rio 209 shotgun primers. Very common ammunition. So, I went out to my steel target and put a little aiming point between the light and the top of the target. I was shooting at the standard CFDA steel target, 24" in diameter.
So, I went to the 21 foot line, took careful aim, and fired five shots.
I took my photo, painted my target with white lithium grease and stepped back five feet.
So, I marked off another five feet and loaded the revolver.
Evidently at 25 feet, the wax slugs still have stability, enough to group reliably on a target, but at 30 feet, we've gone past the distance to reliably group wax bullets. Accuracy is out the window.
Your results may be different than mine, and I admit that I only spent an hour or so shooting in the back yard to get these decidedly un-scientific results. My revolver, my ammo, my range. Your results might vary.