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Old January 4, 2009, 03:32 PM   #1
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Handgun chrono results 22lr, 22mag, and 32 mag

Spent a day at the range with the chrono yesterday. Thought I would share results. Velocities at 10 ft. from muzzle, 68 degree day.

Taurus 94 2-inch barrel 22lr

Aguila Supermaximum Hyper Velocity 30 gr hp 1121 fps
CCI Mini-Mag 36 gr hp 966 fps
CCI Stinger 32 gr hp 1147 fps
CCI Velocitor 40 gr hp 922 fps
Federal Wal-Mart bulk pack 550rd 36 gr hp 888 fps
Federal Game Shock 31 gr hp 1009 fps
Fiocchi Shooting Dynamics 40 gr copper wash rn 925 fps
Remington Viper 36 gr solid 1020 fps
Remington Yellow Jacket 33 gr hp 1053 fps

Taurus 94 4-inch barrel 22lr

Aguila Supermaximum Hyper Velocity 30 gr hp 1264 fps
CCI Mini-Mag 36 gr hp 1045 fps
CCI Stinger 32 gr hp 1292 fps
CCI Velocitor 40 gr hp 1033 fps
Federal Wal-Mart bulk pack 550rd 36 gr hp 982 fps
Federal Game Shock 31 gr hp 1141 fps
Fiocchi Shooting Dynamics 40 gr copper wash rn 1024 fps
Remington Viper 36 gr solid 1124 fps
Remington Yellow Jacket 33 gr hp 1134 fps

Taurus 941 2-inch barrel 22 Magnum

CCI Maxi-Mag 40 gr hp 1144 fps
CCI Maxi-Mag +V 30 gr hp 1395 fps
CCI TNT 30 gr hp 1347 fps
CCI V-Max 30gr 1269 fps
Federal Premium 30 gr TNT hp 1329 fps
Remington 40 gr hp 1130
Winchester Super-X 40 gr hp 1146 fps
Winchester Supreme 34 gr hp 1258 fps
Winchester Supreme 30 gr hp 1296 fps

Taurus 941 4-inch barrel 22 Magnum

CCI Maxi-Mag 40 gr hp 1412 fps
CCI Maxi-Mag +V 30 gr hp 1647 fps
CCI TNT 30 gr hp 1611 fps
CCI V-Max 30 gr 1526 fps
Federal Premium 30 gr TNT hp 1590 fps
Remington 40 gr hp 1362 fps
Winchester Super-X 40 gr hp 1384 fps
Winchester Supreme 34 gr hp 1522 fps
Winchester Supreme 30 gr hp 1579 fps

High Standard Derringer 22 Magnum

CCI Maxi-Mag +V 30 gr hp 1390 fps

Smith & Wesson 431 2-inch barrel 32 H&R Magnum

Magtech 32 S&W Long 98 gr wadcutter 649 fps
Black Hills 32 H&R Mag 85 gr hp 899 fps
Federal 32 H&R Mag 85 gr hp 925 fps
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Old January 4, 2009, 09:19 PM   #2
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couldbeanyone,thanks for all the info.

Looks like you had quite a day of shooting at the range and we all benefitted.

Again,Thanks.

Ironically,I pick up a High Standard Sentinel 22 lr snub tomorrow so the info gets used immediately by me.
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Old January 4, 2009, 10:28 PM   #3
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Glad someone got some good out of it besides me. I only did 10 shot strings, but it still took a while to do. It was a really nice day out though. The biggest surprise for me was the CCI Velocitor. Not only was the velocity less than I would have expected, but the variance between the slowest and fastest shot was over 175 fps in both the 2" and 4" barrels. I think I may have to get some from a different lot and try them again. All of the other CCI rounds showed pretty decent consistency.
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Old January 4, 2009, 11:35 PM   #4
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These results show how utterly pathetic all of these rounds are when shot in a 2" snubnose revolver.

Even the best .32 H&R Mag load only produces a pathetic 161 ft/lbs of energy. That is only 73% of what a good .380 Auto self-defense load can generate. And only half that of a really mild 9mm load.

And the rimfires are ridiculously low powered. Even the best .22 Magnum load only produced 116 ft/lbs from the snubnose.

Having one of these guns would be better than being totally unarmed in a fight, but I sure would not want to trust my life to one.

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Old January 5, 2009, 12:28 AM   #5
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Having one of these guns would be better than being totally unarmed in a fight, but I sure would not want to trust my life to one.
True, but I bet it would whip the snot out of a gopher or rat!
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Old January 5, 2009, 05:59 AM   #6
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Couldbe: Thanks for that data. I did a much less thorough test of some .22 ammo a couple of years ago. Your data is much more consistent. I tested only SV ammo from a little S&W 317. I had lower velocities for the 40 grain SV, under 800 fps. Your data goes much farther.
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Old January 5, 2009, 06:59 AM   #7
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Figures may be accurate, but the real world differs in some instances. I absolutely know that .22 magnum in a Ruger Single Six is a deadly combination. I have taken every game animal in Virginia (in my youth) except bear with that combination. Even large Whitetail deer. Chronos show little difference between .22 and .22 Magnum. Yet real world difference in effectiveness is colossal. As an aside I spoke to a gentleman yesterday that has killed 9 deer with a .17 hmr. Five were shot in the neck for "bang flops". Four were shot behind the shoulder, "down right there" second "coup degrace" in some instances. This elderly man said the .17 was as effective as anything he'd used on deer. Spoke with him at a Gun Show, he was probably 70 years old or so. I believed him.
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Old January 5, 2009, 07:22 AM   #8
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couldbeanyone,

Thank you for an interesting and informative report. Looks like a lot of effort and fun went in to it. Your Taurus 22 magnum 4 inch seems a "fast" shooter in terms of FPS, and seems consistent with other Taurus 22 handgun velocity reports that I've read. For instance the Winchester ammo site chronos Super X 22 Mag. out of a 6.5 bbl. at 1480 to your 4 inch's 1384. Don't sell that Taurus.

The only surprise really were the Velocitors. I would have expected above 1100 FPS from your 4 inch. Have not chronoed these myself but hear typical accounts of 1080-1125 range out of 4 inch bbls. for the Velocitor.

You may want to try Aguila Interceptors some time as these 40 grains are rifle bbl. rated at 1470 FPS, just a little more than the Velocitor's 1435.

All in all a very enjoyable read. Thanks.
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Old January 5, 2009, 09:07 AM   #9
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Spoke with him at a Gun Show, he was probably 70 years old or so. I believed him.
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Old January 5, 2009, 09:52 AM   #10
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Thanks for the useful data

I'm saving this thread as a favorite for future reference. It is an eye-opener.

We can see that the velocity advertised on the box is certainly shot from a rifle. 888 fps from a 22LR? Wow.

I'd be interested to see comparisons like this for centerfire calibers.
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Old January 5, 2009, 11:14 AM   #11
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I know these rounds are pathetic to some people, but to others they are what can be comfortably handled. Spend enough time making a living with your hands and using them as hammers and pry bars and some day you may come to appreciate the recoilless rounds as well.
I work out every morning and am in decent shape. But time has neccessitated a change from free weights to bowflex as free weights just stress my joints too badly. I have gone from shooting 45/70 contenders and hot 45 Colt rounds in Rugers to 22's. Amazing what tendonitis and a touch of arthritis can do. Don't poo-poo these rounds to hard as some day you may see the need for them too.
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Old January 5, 2009, 11:53 AM   #12
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Winchester makes a 40grn SJHP YUP REAL MEATAL / COPPER PS THAKS FOR THE OP couldbeanyone !!
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Old January 5, 2009, 12:59 PM   #13
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This elderly man said the .17 was as effective as anything he'd used on deer. Spoke with him at a Gun Show, he was probably 70 years old or so. I believed him.
I hate to admit it but we have a guy who works for us that has taken several deer (illegally ) with a .17. It can be done with regularity, but it seems to me that this gentleman has never used a high powered rifle for deer if this is his claim.
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